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    Posted: December 01 2014 at 5:42pm
I have a 75 gallon tank that I need to replace the top and bottom frame on but everywhere I have talked to make frames 47 7/8" long but my tank measures 48" exactly does any one know where I can find the frames thanks
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Who makes your tank?
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I don't know the only label on the tank is on the bottom glass pane that says do not drill tempered glass
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You could just euro brace it. how thick is the glass? If its 1/2" you could run in as a rimless
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Use it as a rimless tank.  It will look awesome.
I ripped the rim off of two 40 gal breeder tanks for MarksReef Coral Farm. 

The plastic frame isn't so much for holding it together as it is for preventing the edges from getting banged when it's moved. Glass that has been banged can later start a crack from that point. Manufacturers can't afford that. Frameless tanks are shipped with massive edge protection.

For the bottom, glass tanks that have no frame simply need to be supported on the bottom by a perfectly flat non-bowing board, like 3/4" Melamine, on a sturdy frame.

For the top edge, if a single glass brace is siliconed across the front center, it will prevent the stress of bowing, not that the bowing is a serious problem, but just for added support.

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Mark,

Some tank designs need cross bracing, which manufacturers put in their plastic top frames. Bottom frames don't need cross bracing and the frame is there most likely for the reasons you state.

Just my 2 cents.

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Yes, and if a person is concerned that the rimless tank won't stay together with an 18"x4" strip of glass bracing siliconed against the top inside edge, they can instead use an acrylic piece that has been molded into a bracket with hooked ends that wrap over the outside edges.

Metal brackets secure the "hang on the wall picture aquarium" at my Dentists Office. It's a rimless tank 36"x4.5"x20". A brushed metal picture frame hides the three metal brackets, which may be a little over cautious, at the top center and on each upper side. (the previous tank did split apart after many years, thus the over engineering)



Here it is a few months later. 


Without the Macroalgae, this little tank would be practically impossible. 
A few years later, still holding together, no worries:


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