When Do I Panic? Broken Cross Brace Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Tank Equipment' started by angelfishguppie, May 27, 2018.

  1. angelfishguppieValued MemberMember

    I noticed this morning that the top cross brace on my 46 gal Bowfront has become detached from the back.

    I am closing on a house this Wednesday and plan to buy a used 72 gal Bowfront for the new place.

    Moving the wet pets was tentatively scheduled 2 to 3 weeks from now.

    Do I need to scramble the timeline and get everything out of the broken 46 ASAP?
  2. Cheesearmada

    CheesearmadaValued MemberMember

    I think you will be fine for now. Is there any visible stress on the glass or components of the tank?
  3. Mike1995

    Mike1995Well Known MemberMember

    46 gallons is a good bit of water, that said i wouldn't leave the tank filled with water much longer. Eventually it definitely can break/crack etc. So if you're moving them in 2 weeks or what not, you should be okay. But don't wait much longer
  4. smee82Fishlore VIPMember

    I wouldnt worry about it if your miving and replacing it soon
  5. OP

    angelfishguppieValued MemberMember

    Aesthetics aside, what do you think about duct tape around the top?

    I just need to buy myself a couple of weeks!
  6. OP

    angelfishguppieValued MemberMember

    No, no visible stress or distortions.
    Probable causes UV light degradation? The weight of the pothos plant vines coming out of the tank.

    I bought the tank used in 2011. Can't remember the build date, maybe 2005? Didn't bother me as I have a 20 hex from 1991 that is still holding up (I know, lot less water...)

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