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    Aquarium Top Frame Replacement

    Anyone have any experience replacing the frame of an aquarium? The top brace is broken and I would like to replace it. I bought the tank used so I don't know the manufacturer. It's 220 gallons 72x24x29.

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    John
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    Hey John good to see you back on the forums.... I have no experience in this area, but i would think you can find a way to adapt it maybe with aluminum or something mean while work in a fish jump guard maybe. i have seen folks over lay a piece of acrylic or glass and glue it in sort of like a euro brace. I still have frags of all your corals as well when your ready.
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    Hey Buddy! Thanks for the advice. I just bought a 220g aquarium on craigslist and totally got taking advantage of. The stand was crap the dude had glued the top braces in place so I couldn't tell until I got home. Complete dirt bag in my opinion. I found a place https://www.aquariumframeswholesale.com/ that will send me a new top frame but I need to remove the old one. I also would like to reseale it since I have it empty and don't trust anything that guy told me about the integrity of the silicone. The glass looks awesome and the overall tank looks like it wasn't abused, but who knows. I'm pretty upset about it.

    My goal is to get a steel stand for it because I want it to be about 32 inches tall and a steel stand will give me the maximum space under the tank. I probably won't get to the stand until after Christmas though. I forgot how expensive everything in this hobby was.

    I just got out of the hospital a few months ago and this is a gift to myself. I miss the hobby so much. Keep me a few frags just a little longer
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