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    Quote Originally Posted by tanks4thememories
    It is a common issue with 55 gallon tanks after several years some of them break in the brace area. I personally think it is a design flaw. Try these guys This is the link to thier generic section on tank frames. They can sell you the whole top frame if you give them a call and specify the dimensions. as you can see from the link it is cheap. If you empty the tank it is relatively easy to replace and it looks like new cause it will be..lol.

    How would I take the old one off without damaging the tank? Guessing just place the new one on and silicone it, once the old one is off and the tank is cleaned totally?

    Thanks again all

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    a 2x4 and a rubber mallet worked for me .... and i got my frames for really cheap from http://cciaquarium.com/ i think 2 frames was $30 shipped
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    I'd like to add that what I said above is what I did with my 135 Gallon and it's held for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigger1
    How would I take the old one off without damaging the tank? Guessing just place the new one on and silicone it, once the old one is off and the tank is cleaned totally?

    Thanks again all
    Could use a fine blade edge, a putty knife, thin piece of plastic, pretty much any sort of thin strong edge you can slide in between the glass and the frame. Then work it all the way around breaking up the silicone adhesions. After that it's just a matter of working the frame off.

    Something else you may want to look at, a 55g in many areas can be bought used for $50 or so. After you put in money for the frame, and the time involved, it may not be worthwhile replacing it. Could sell the tank on craigslist for someone using it as a dry tank for reptiles or furry pets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty
    a 2x4 and a rubber mallet worked for me .... and i got my frames for really cheap from http://cciaquarium.com/ i think 2 frames was $30 shipped
    Yup. I think you can even ask when you call glasscages if someone can explain the procedure. Its really not hard at all its just held in place by pressure and silicone and less than you think of each..lol Here is a step by step post..:)

    http://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/fr...-aquarium.html

    PS personally I prefer restoring it to factory condition over replacing it or other types of repairs.
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    Thanks guys for all the options. I'll go over them with hubbie and see which will work best for the situation.

    You guys are great

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