I came home today hand this is what I see. It has bowed out 5/8". It is a 80 bow front. What can I do to bring it together? Thanks.
I acquired some of the wood clamps, used for wood gluing and brought it back in to original specs. I will be building a metal brace for the center of the tank and leave it permanently. Hopefully that along with fiberglass and fiberglass resin it will hold for a year, or until I come up with the money for a acrylic tank. Thank you for the help.Ouch! That's not good. It's definitely a sign that there is a lot of stress on the front glass, and the back as well. Not sure how to cure it, but a set of pony pipe clamps could divert disaster until a permanent fix can be applied. These can be found at most building supply stores, and you can have them cut the proper sized pipe to the length you need... which would be a little more than the depth of the tank.
Lol... I know how it is. My wife was the same way. She used to fuss about spending money on it, but she eventually came around... once it started taking shape. A few years, and several $$$ later, she doesn't mind when I buy a new fish or coral. In fact, she's usually the one that mentions we need something new in the tank(s). Gotta love her...When I started this tank the wife and kids paid no attention to it. My wife just thought I was tossing money out of the window. I've wanted to do this for years but I didn't want to start one until I bought a house so I knew I wouldn't move them from place to place. Anyhow now the wife and kids all live the aquarium and go with me anytime I buy something for it. We would all be devastated if something happened to our aquarium. I was already freaking out about it and I to am glad I caught it early. I am fully confident that this has fixed the problem and the fiberglass should further protect it. Thank you for the help, wisdom, and concern.
I have seen braces pop... And I agree it usually isn't that big a deal, but I never seen one that separated, maybe it's an optical illusion that it's spread apart that far...looks like 3 to 4 inches. LOL...But now I re-read the original post, and I see he said 5/8 ....Acrylic tanks are plastic, and we keep the water in a reef warm, I think that contributes to the tanks bowing out and breaking the brace. 3 to 4 inches however is a big split caused by some major bowing out....5/8 of an inch...not so bad.I wouldn't call a cracked brace the end of the world. As far as I know, silicone if quite flexible, as is glass to a certain degree...
As long as the seams are intact, which they apparently are or it would be leaking, it should be fine. Even leaking seams can be repaired. I'm fairly confident if the tank was compromised to the point it needed to be replaced, he'd be looking for a Shop-Vac and a mop. Just saying...
Euro bracing is clean looking, and quite strong. Naturally, to do it properly, you'll have to brace the entire top of the tank. You'll need an experienced glass cutter to cut the curved piece for the front, but it shouldn't be hard to find one of those. I think it'll be cheaper than buying a new tank, and you do have a 50 that you could keep everything in until it's finished. Unless, of course, you want a bigger tank... lol!I did primer the brace and paint it. I will keep my eye on the brace and tank until I buy the acrylic tank I really want. I watched a video on taking the plastic off and installing a glass brace. The guy said something about it being euro. Looks nice and I'd love to try it but I don't want to empty out this aquarium at this time. I may try it after I buy a new aquarium. Wish I had access to a aluminum welder that would be nice. Thanks everyone