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    Hi. I have a 36g glass bowfront that I have had for about 2 years. I noticed a small hairline crack on the front of the tank about a year ago, but it never got any bigger. Today I just noticed 4 new ones on the front that were not there yesterday. I can not feel them on the outside, but they are visible. How compromised is my tank? Is this an emergency? I just started cycling a 20g yesterday so I can not put my fish in it until it cycles. I am very worried that the 36g will completely crack. How swiftly do I need to act to get a new 36g? Thanks
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    Are you sure they are cracks, and not scratches?
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    I am pretty sure they are not scratches. I can't feel anything on the outside and I only use a soft cloth to clean the glass. Also, they are all vertical.
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    The front of a bowfront tank is acrylic, but i'm not sure how it works with cracks. Maybe someone else knows for sure.

    I wouldn't chance it though. You can transfer the filter in the 36g and all the fish to the 20g to be safe and test conditions daily. You could also transfer decor, substrate, anything that might hold nitrifying bacteria. The last thing you need is a big flood and your fish in the floor. If you transfer the filter with the fish at the same time, there's a good chance you won't see much of an ammonia spike if any. I've started new tanks up and added fish this way without a hiccup many times. Just make sure to test just in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    The front of a bowfront tank is acrylic, but i'm not sure how it works with cracks. Maybe someone else knows for sure.

    I wouldn't chance it though. You can transfer the filter in the 36g and all the fish to the 20g to be safe and test conditions daily. You could also transfer decor, substrate, anything that might hold nitrifying bacteria. The last thing you need is a big flood and your fish in the floor. If you transfer the filter with the fish at the same time, there's a good chance you won't see much of an ammonia spike if any. I've started new tanks up and added fish this way without a hiccup many times. Just make sure to test just in case.
    Uhhh doubting if that is correct (acrilic)?
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    Not all bow fronts are acrylic. I had a 26g that was glass.

    I wouldn't take a chance, though, as others have said, especially as you've seen 4 new ones. It appears that there is some stress developing on the tank. As Angelcraze said, transfer the filter with the fish to the other tank and you should not have an issue. I've done that when upgrading tanks with no loss of fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDutch View Post
    Uhhh doubting if that is correct (acrilic)?
    Oh I am corrected, I really thought they all were acrylic. I don't know enough about glass to know how they bend it that much for a tall tank. Sorry.
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    Oh I am corrected, I really thought they all were acrylic. I don't know enough about glass to know how they bend it that much for a tall tank.
    I don't either hahaha.
    Think they don't bend it.
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    I don't either hahaha.
    Think they don't bend it.
    But how do you have a bowed front without bending the glass?
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    But how do you have a bowed front without bending the glass?
    pourit in a mold (is this English?)
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