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Old 01-08-2008, 06:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Doesn't anyone know if you can remove the rim and center support on a 46g bowfront without sacrificing any structural integrity?
I'd like to take the center support out of my 46g bowfront as well... I have to assume that it is of NO support value, because it does have quite a bit of flex in it. Not sure about the rim, but I'd guess that the same is true as with the other tanks...

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Old 01-08-2008, 06:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I have removed the center brace from my 36 bow front with out any negative side effects, and I believe you can do it with a 46 gal as well.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:14 AM   #13 (permalink)
 
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I have a bowfront that I was given that the center brace was totally melted on (previous owner had the incandescent bulb sitting directly on the brace). It hasnt been used in a few years but it was fine for the 3 years it was up and running and never had a single issue.
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Has anybody tried this on a tank that is already in use. I have a 29gallon that I have been wanting to do this to for quite some time.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:38 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I have removed the center brace from my 36 bow front with out any negative side effects, and I believe you can do it with a 46 gal as well.
I assume you removed the rim as well? The next poster beat me to my next question. Has anyone done this with the tank already in use?
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:24 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I assume you removed the rim as well? The next poster beat me to my next question. Has anyone done this with the tank already in use?
I left the rim on, and took the center brace off with the tank full of water. I used sharp razor blades to saw through the plastic.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:41 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I left the rim on, and took the center brace off with the tank full of water. I used sharp razor blades to saw through the plastic.
Thanks for confirming that.

Crap, now your gonna make me try this over the weekend. The tank is on an amorie in my bedroom. I could see the expression on my wife's face as the tank cracks while we're having dinner downstairs and the water starts leaking through the ceiling fan over the kitchen table.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:51 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Default Re: removing tank trim

Very interesting info.

Surprised it hasn't become more popular sooner, considering people seem to be on the look out for rimless tanks that aren't as expensive as the ADA tanks. I know I had no idea that those black rims offered no additional support. Going to have to try this on a spare tank as well...

Cheers for posting...
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I cant honestly believe that the rim doesnt add any support.
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:44 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I would say that the rim does add support but the amount of support it adds may not be needed, especially for smaller tanks.
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