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Ok folks here goes...

How bad would it be if I cut out the center cross support from the top of my 28g bowfront?Its made of black opaque plastic. I could lower the water level and replace it with a clear piece of acrylic siliconed in it's place or just take it out. Please respond quickly. Due to circumstances I need to know by early tomorrow.

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Generally that is a not a good idea. Reason being if it was not needed the tank builders would not put them there. The frame is moulded in one piece, requiring the tank builder to create a new mould just for that size tank. Why would go through the expense of engineering a cross bar and it's attendant extra material cost in moulding if they could safely not use it.

Then again I may be completely off base, no first hand experience in removing trim, basing my reply on common sense.
 

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You're right that's what I would think normally too. I was reading an old thread about removing the rim on aquariums to go for the rimless look last night and a few folks mentioned that the tanks were over-engineered for strength and safety. On the other hand this is a taller tank so I'm a little leary of doing this just for the reasons you said.

Basically I'm trying different lighting out because I can't get the glosso to stay compact. I've tried the Coralife 2x65, the Orbit 2x65 and a 150watt metal halide. The MH pendant is perfect but the brace casts an ugly 4' wide shadow from the front to the back of the aquarium. I have to return the MH today only for a full refund. That's why I wanted to know if I could do this.
 

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yeah, don't remove that cross piece. I don't think that the glosso isn't growing due to the cross piece casting a shadow. I have the exact tank and I don't really have that problem. What you can do, however, is to systematicly drill holes in your cross brace. This will allow more light to get through while still maintaining the structural integrity of the brace. This would be a messy job as well, so I wouldn't recommend it either. I've also seen tanks that the entire top frame has been removed and it looks terrible. The glass underneath has chips in it and isn't polished so it's relatively sharp.
 
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