quick advice my bracing has broke

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came downstairs this morning to find my bracing has come off and the back panel is bowing out a little. We have siliconed it back and it is curing but is my tank safe? the back panel was flexing when we silicone it and Ive pushed towels behind to the wall to keep it together.

But is this a perment weakness and is my tank going to crack?

its a 2metre tank with about 850litres plus 100litre sump

all my fish are still in there and I cant avoid a new tank as we are moving house.

Another concern is this tank safe to move?

so disraught didnt need this stress. I should be happy it hasnt cracked or burst and killed my fish and destroyed my living room but now Im just worried its a risk.

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OFL replied the topic: quick advice my bracing has broke

Yeah, unfortunately bracing is very important, especially if you're talking lots of water which is very heavy. So I don't think you should hang around getting this fixed properly.

When you say the bracing has come off, do you mean broken? Sometimes when the bracing has broken you can add a section in and use rivets. Alternatively you may find that it may be easier to take the frame that has the bracing attached to completely replace it. Whatever you do I think you should do as soon as possible because if you are seeing some distortion in the glass then that's not a particularly good sign and you certainly don't want to hear a big bang in the middle of the night and find that your flooded.

Maybe take a photo of it so we can see.

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jnet replied the topic: quick advice my bracing has broke

there is a back bar and a front bar and 4 cross sections. The back bar was in the tank with one of the cross sections and the front and other bars were still attached. Its like the back gave way

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DRACO replied the topic: quick advice my bracing has broke

ouch.. sorry to hear that... but brace against bowing out is normally on top of the tank,
sometime, it is the pc of glass adhere from front to back... sometime, it is the glass strip
adhere on top also but perpendicular to the long span panel...usually at the level of the
plastic strip...
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jnet replied the topic: quick advice my bracing has broke

Yea this was the top bracing, but all is good, the shop we brought it from has replaced the whole tank so let's hope it was a freak fault I've never heard of the bracing to fall off before and they were baffled also. They were really nice and fitted new tank and I feel better I was so worried haven't slep t since it happened.

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hmt321 replied the topic: quick advice my bracing has broke

i would think about putting a bar clamp on it, something like this:
clamp
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