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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-01-2005, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Tank Modification

im wanting to start a new tank, but i am on a budget. my goal is to get something very amano-esque, but the tank i have and was considering using has a major downside. it is an all glass brand 20 gallon long tank, and has those black rims and the top and bottom. i am wondering if it is at all possible to remove at least the top rim, and modify the tank in a way that it would still be strong enough to use without risk of it crashing down and dumping 20 gallons of water on my floor. any input and advice would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-01-2005, 06:56 PM
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I think it is possible to remove the rim, and silicone glass strips across the tank, one in the middle, and one on each side, to prevent bowing and excess force on the edges.

This gets rid of the black plastic beauty, but you'll still see at least some silicone smoochies. And it is a lot of work. And nope, no guarantee it will keep the water inside.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-02-2005, 01:28 AM
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It's very possible and safe, if you are careful and get a good bite usibng a plastic scraper to break the seal, then you can use a car jack to pop off the corners.

You use a piece of wood or the jack top to push the top lip off.
Add a piece of cardboard to prevent glass scratches, on the side.

Place base of the car jack on the bottom lip so you have leverage against the top.

After it's off, now you'll need to remove all that silicone.
Razor blades work well. You will also need to remove and sand those shape glass edges.

You can buy 20 gal ADA tanks from Aqua Forest in SF.
They ship and are fairly reasonable.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-02-2005, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
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sounds great plantbrain. sorry if i'm being dense, but i wouldn't have to reinforce it would i? i mean, what's the difference between an amano style tank without rims, and the tank i've got? is it a different kind of silicone?
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No, not if all you remove is the top of an All Glass 20 H tank.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-02-2005, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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it is actually a 20g Long. i guess i didn't mention that
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-02-2005, 04:01 PM
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mostly just currious - haveing worked in construction and in cabinet making, how is the fit and finish of the top edge once the plastic is removed. I know we always used molding to hide imperfections. Without using tricks, stuff could easily take 4 times as long to build (and maybe the difference between the ada and the run of the mill tank)
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I removed the brace from my 75G, so that I could put a new one on. The fit and finish where horrible to say the least. Glass was chipped all over, Globs of Silicon on the corners, the corner height didn't line up. But since it does have the Brace, you don't see any of that. I'm sure it would cost them more to make if they had to worry about the top looking good.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-02-2005, 06:59 PM
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I would imagine this is why the 12x9x9 inch starphire on 4 sides rimless frameless tank that I priced out a was $129 plus shipping. Even a milimeter difference in the glass would look horrible and those a pretty tight tolerances.


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