Urgent Acrylic Warp - How Much Is Acceptable???

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  1. BUGz

    BUGz Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Hello,
    Started filling my 110 acrylic today and it is currently half filled and is warping; it is bowing out a good 1/2 inch and is only half filled!! Just how much is acceptable AND safe? I'm not filling anymore water until I know this thing will not burst! It is a 6 sided tank 61" long, 24" tall
    Thanks!
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  3. Anthos312

    Anthos312 Millepora

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    Fill it outside with freshwater first so you can see the effects of warping at full. That way u dont waste saltwater, have water carpets, etc.
     
  4. BUGz

    BUGz Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    The fellow reefer I bought it from had it up and running days before I bought it, so I assumed all would be good... and did not water test it before bring it inside. It is in a bedroom almost half filled with RODI and 60# sand, no salt yet. I assume the bow will only get worse and wanting any feed back of anyone else that has a bowed acrylic before I go any further.
    This will be a lesson learned either way - don't trust anyone's word when they are getting your money and ALWAYS do a fill test outside first!
     
  5. Bustopher

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    Is there a brace on the top?
     
  6. Anthos312

    Anthos312 Millepora

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    This is the question of the day. If there isnt a brace I would be very worried.
     
  7. BUGz

    BUGz Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    The top is well braced in comparison to other acrylic tanks I've seen.
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  9. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh wow,


    No idea what you payed for it, but with that much water on a used tank with that much of a bow I would feel uncomfortable.

    Hope it ends well for you, I myself would be looking for a refund and return of the tank. Uncomfortable for those involved but hey you forked out the money and you have the potential for a huge loss once it's filled with rock and live stock. The integrity of the tank seems compromised to me. JM2C.

    Good Luck
     
  10. Bustopher

    Bustopher Skunk Shrimp

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    How thick is that?
     
  11. BUGz

    BUGz Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Top brace is also 3/8"
     
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    PierceEye Aiptasia Anemone

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    My 90 36 x 24 x 24 ia 1/2"