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    My custom tank build with Bean Animal Overflow and Sump

    Discussion in 'Setup and Filtration' started by narayanang76, Jan 23, 2018.

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      Beautiful set up!
       
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      Great work and write up!
       
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      Sorry never commented. Incredible setup!! Lovin it
       
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      Some Bad News. Last week end during water change, the Top horizontal Bracing on Front glass side was found cracked at 3 spots. I have no idea how it happened, and I am certain it was not there during previous week end. Its almost 6 months now the tank is setup, and nothing changed recently. I am doubting Flash, my Arowana for this damage, it is near the top corner where he usually hangs around, its his feeding place and circumstantially I found a long scratch on his head at the same time.

      I checked with few of my friends-experts by sharing a video and few photos and the advice I got is that structurally there are no issues so far. But I am going ahead by placing order for 2 new horizontal bracings and 2 new vertical bracings. Mainly because I am worried, if the same thing if it happens to the vertical center bracing and it cracks, then the tank can potentially crash. I believe the 2 new vertical bracings I am going to add, will prevent any such issues in future by providing additional support.

      The way the tank is constructed:
      All Glass - 15 MM thickness
      Bracings - 12 MM. Have Bracings at Bottom of the tank and Top of the tank.
      Top has 3 Vertical Bracings. 2 Two Inch wide Bracings on the side, which hold the side glass along with Front and Back Glass. 1 Centre Bracing 6 Inch wide hold Front and Back Glass. The Cracked horizontal Bracing is placed under the 3 Vertical Bracings, so the primary job it does is holding the Front glass and preventing any bending.

      Sharing a Video showing the cracks:


      BTW the tank is still running when I took the video, Bean Animal setup almost silently.
       
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      Update: I fixed this cracked bracing during mid June 2018, did it myself, as DIY. I got the 12 mm bracing pieces cut to measurements from a nearby glass shop. To be on safer side, I added additional horizontal brazing on each of the front and back glass. I also added 2 more vertical brazing on top.

      I managed to do the work by reducing water level to half, without moving my Arowana.

      Now hope there won't be any more such issues with the tank.

      Some pics:
      IMG_20180617_072045.jpg
      IMG_20180617_072102.jpg
      During curing:
      IMG_20180617_080441.jpg

      Back up and running:
      IMG_20180624_132617.jpg
       
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      Nicely done on the build and subsequent repairs!
       
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      Looking good. I'd get lids on that if you haven't already ;-).
       

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