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    Removing Front Brace

    Okay so I've been scheming on what I feel like could be a simple project or be a horrible idea so I'm consulting your guys first.

    My tank (Home made by a previous owner) has this center brace in between the doors that would keep me from switching out my sump. I'd like to have one with a big display refugium on my reef tank but couldn't remove the sump or be able to view it well with a big board in the way. So I'd like to remove it.

    My tank is rimmless glass and 100% of the weight load is on the panels, there are no braces. It's on boards that are just under 1". The corners are all supported as well as the entire sides. The back is not except for 2" at the corners and the front would be 2.5" at the corners. This brace holds the least amount of weight.

    I won't do this if there's much risk. Here's some pics sorry for rambling:



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    SCAPE Member 1000 posts, Semi-Pro SCAPEr geektom's Avatar
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    I would *not* do that.

    Build yourself a new stand out of 2x4 lumber and wrap it in 3/4 plywood and it should be ok.

    How many gallons and how wide is it?
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    I would just leave it. That stand isnt made super strong and removing that would be a terrible idea. 2x4 stands are nice but pretty bulky compared to what you got. That sump looks great man I would just leave it alone.

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    Yeah I figured it's a bad idea. Definitely would rather not risk it collapsing. Thanks

    It's a 32" 66 gallon

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    I would have to touch the wood to be certain, but you would need to either corner brace the wood, or lower the upper pain of the door in order for it to distribute the load better if the wood already is anything less than 3/4"

    I would need to plsy with it hands on if any less

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    SCAPE Member 1000 posts, Semi-Pro SCAPEr geektom's Avatar
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    It is probably not even solid wood- it is most likely fiberboard wrapped in laminate or a veneer.


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    It is solid actually, but I've decided why risk it over something that's not necessary lol

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    Oof, scratch that...not solid haha I should check things before I open my big mouth haha

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    It looks almost like the SC/CaD solid oak stand, but it also does look a little bit like a veneer.

    The funny thing about oak paneling and oak veneer is that the veneer has beeen through so many very succesful iterations that it is very difficult to spot the difference in a picture if both are kept in pristine condition.

    I would personally just build a new stand for a new tank.

    It is SUCH a PITA to transfer an existing system.

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    I suppose if the back is open you could weld some angle iron -sort of like the old metal tank stands and push it in there. Give it a skeleton of sorts.

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