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Dearth
08-02-2015, 03:41 AM
So I had a 165 gallon bow front and stand and 55 gallon sump that I bought delivered to me this morning and realized that I now need to rob a bank or 3 to support my habit. 72" long 26" at its widest 25 inches high man o man lotta work ahead of me

Anyway here is a picture just after we brought it in and I found out I am out of shape and extremely whiny as the tank weighs in at about 10 tons or so according to my body

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/Dearth01/E7480658-AA11-40AD-ACC9-4DCFA0B49A37_zpsibadbe1y.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Dearth01/media/E7480658-AA11-40AD-ACC9-4DCFA0B49A37_zpsibadbe1y.jpg.html)

rsisvixen
08-02-2015, 04:47 AM
Are you sure its a 165? I was under the impression that bowfronts only came as either 155 or 175?

Dearth
08-02-2015, 04:50 AM
Bow fronts are no longer made bigger than 72 gallon unless special order however you could until about a year ago get bow fronts up 260 gallons.

Aquattro
08-02-2015, 04:52 AM
Next time you have to move it, get someone to help. It's a 2 person job :)

Dearth
08-02-2015, 04:55 AM
Next time you have to move it, get someone to help. It's a 2 person job :)

I'll take that into consideration when it comes time to put the tank on the stand thanks for the insight sir 😅

Myka
08-02-2015, 04:03 PM
I love those bowfront tanks! I don't know if it's just the pic, but it looks like the silicone is chewed up in the front vertical corner. If that's the case, you may want to remove the chewed up edges and re-do them.

The Guy
08-02-2015, 06:53 PM
Nice looking set up, and ya you got a "SL" of work ahead and you'll need a fat wallet too. :eyebrows:

Dearth
08-07-2015, 06:40 AM
So I never paid much mind till tonight but sometime in the past somebody cut the 2 crossbraces on top of the tank I have a question do I need to worry about the missing cross bracing or was it more for holding lighting and such up?

If I need to worry about it what would you suggest to shore up the bracing?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/Dearth01/E135CA16-4126-48D0-85D5-900FD4EC2A21_zpscojuq9sz.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Dearth01/media/E135CA16-4126-48D0-85D5-900FD4EC2A21_zpscojuq9sz.jpg.html)

Aquattro
08-07-2015, 01:55 PM
I'd worry about it. Not sure how to fix, but personally I wouldn't fill it.

corpusse
08-07-2015, 01:55 PM
Get some scrap acrylic and a couple of nylon screws and nuts and drill holes in whats left of the old bracing and the acrylic and then attach. 100% safe and easy to do. I've done it myself in the past and you can find tons of examples if you google "replacing center brace with acrylic".

Dearth
08-07-2015, 03:35 PM
Get some scrap acrylic and a couple of nylon screws and nuts and drill holes in whats left of the old bracing and the acrylic and then attach. 100% safe and easy to do. I've done it myself in the past and you can find tons of examples if you google "replacing center brace with acrylic".

It was suggested that I do that by someone I work with this morning and it is a viable option which I think I will do if that doesn't work it's been suggested that I get a local glass company to build a full euro brace to fit over the entire lid which is also an option Albiet a very expensive option

Thank you Corpusse I will try to acrylic option next set of days off

The Guy
08-07-2015, 05:47 PM
Get some scrap acrylic and a couple of nylon screws and nuts and drill holes in whats left of the old bracing and the acrylic and then attach. 100% safe and easy to do. I've done it myself in the past and you can find tons of examples if you google "replacing center brace with acrylic".

I wouldn't put any water in the tank until the above suggestion is done, the braces were there to hold the tank together and a very important part of the structure as to outward water pressure on the glass, and has nothing to do with holding up the lighting.
Once you install the acrylic braces you should be good to go, nice tank BTW. :smile:

Dearth
08-12-2015, 06:48 PM
Cross bracing installed sorry iPhone pictures

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/Dearth01/80E9BEA2-D321-4D05-A830-4618068FD96A_zpswst1uuht.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Dearth01/media/80E9BEA2-D321-4D05-A830-4618068FD96A_zpswst1uuht.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/Dearth01/C039C1E7-0CB6-4489-BA57-5113C67ED60F_zpshmyqrcoi.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Dearth01/media/C039C1E7-0CB6-4489-BA57-5113C67ED60F_zpshmyqrcoi.jpg.html)

Bblinks
08-13-2015, 12:50 AM
Nice job. Way better than what I thought it was gonna look.

Dearth
08-13-2015, 12:56 AM
Nice job. Way better than what I thought it was gonna look.

Thank you

Because my carpentry skills are legendarily horrible I thought it was going to look crappy as well but I was pleasantly surprised tomorrow I give it the water test getting buckets ready for the worst scenario :behindsofa:

The Guy
08-13-2015, 02:06 AM
Nice repair job, glad to see you used 2 bolts on each end.
You should be good to go now. :thumb:

Bblinks
08-13-2015, 02:56 AM
Thank you

Because my carpentry skills are legendarily horrible I thought it was going to look crappy as well but I was pleasantly surprised tomorrow I give it the water test getting buckets ready for the worst scenario :behindsofa:

Oh man, I hope not! Lol I'll be praying to the fish gods for you tonight...:wink: