Hello all, and Welcome to my tutorial on how to successfully derim an aquarium!
First things first:
*DISCLAIMER, THIS IS DANGEROUS, THIS IS DUMB, YOU WILL EITHER CUT YOURSELF OR BREAK YOUR AQUARIUM, THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY, THIS WILL COMPROMISE THE INTEGRITY OF YOUR TANK, DO NOT DO THIS*
Okayyyy, with that out of the way, lets do this
Did you just grab a sweet new tank from Petco during their $1/gallon sale, but hate how it looks like a $20 tank and want it to look super awesome and expensive like an ADA tank, then this tutorial is for you.
So here is what we start with, forgive me for not taking a before picture, this one is off google.
We turn that, into this:
This is how:
Before we begin, this is what we are going to need:
Notice there are very few tools here, but I promise you, this is all I used to derim this tank. A dollar store hack saw, a new razor blade, a (sharp) knife, a sponge with a rough side, the highest isopropyl percentage that you can get your hands on, glass cleaner and paper towels.
The first thing we do is take the hack saw and cut relief cuts into each corner, turning the rim into 4 pieces. cut the inside, the top and the front all the way, as you get close to the glass, saw more slowly until you hear it switch from cutting plastic to the teeth hitting the glass, then switch to your knife and be sure you cut all the way through.
Once you cut the corners, score a relief cut across the entire top of the trim, about 1/8"-1/4" down.
Use your fingers to pry up on the trim, focusing the force at the relief cut, once you get it going, begin to tear the trim at that relief cut. This is the first time we are going to be prying on anything, and this next bit is going to be in bold, because its important, DO NOT PRY AGAINST THE GLASS,
Do not ever pry against the trim with the glass being the fulcrum point. Any and all force exerted onto the trim should be applied up and away from the glass. The Very first time you apply pressure onto the trim from the glass, you will crack the glass. Also, not use any tools to pry with to help remove the trim, I only use my fingers, dont use anything to pry with, you WILL
crack your glass.
Ohkay, now that we know how to apply force to the trim, we are left with the top of the trim that needs to be removed.
The top comes off pretty easily once the side has been removed
The front and back are a bit more difficult, but the process is the same. I had some trouble with the first of the long sides.
To prevent this from happening, Score your relief cut more deeply, and it will keep the trim from tearing like this.
The hard part is done! Now just use your razor blade, Isopropyl alcohol, rough sponge, elbow grease, time and patience to remove any unwanted silicone and residue from the tank. Be careful not to get any Isopropyl alcohol on any silicone you dont want to remove, it will eat away at the silicone, which is bad.
Oh the carnage
Here it is after we got it all inside and cleaned up nice. Thanks for checking this out, let me know if you have any questions!