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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-05-2010, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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My Sweet Streetside Find

I'm cruising around town today and wouldn't you know it, I spot a pristine looking 20 gallon long on someone's sidewalk. The only issue that immediately jumped out at me was the reason why it had been abandoned in the first place. The rim was partially melted and came right off, but besides that no other damage. So, I'm wondering what are my options for a DIY approach to getting a lid or hood over this now rimless tank?
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-05-2010, 05:46 PM
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melted rim sounds like it housed a reptile, i would recaulk all the seams because the origional caulk is prob all dried out. but put it to the test, put it out side fill it up and wait for it to leak.
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It's funny you should mention the seams, their are so fresh, I'd have to guess this tank can't possibly be that old or used.
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give it the old leak test.
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After you've tested it..you could Euro brace it instead of trying to make the plastic trim. SwEEt score!
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I wonder if on some other message board someone is complaining about how their tank got stolen when they left it outside to dry.
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I wonder if on some other message board someone is complaining about how their tank got stolen when they left it outside to dry.
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A rimless setup would be great. Just test it like Mike metioned.

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*A Bit of an update*

I had only eyeballed the size of this tank as being a 20 gallon long. Well, once I took a measuring tape to it the dimensions came back 36X13X14 (not exact due to its rimless condition). Correct me if I'm mistaken, but that's closer to a 30 gallon tank. Not bad!

In addition, I noticed a sticker underneath the tank from "classcages.com," so as it turns out this was a relatively new tank before someone just dumped it on the street.
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i think its a 29gal. My tank still has the sticker on the bottom, does not mean its new...
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i think its a 29gal. My tank still has the sticker on the bottom, does not mean its new...
But I think "glasscages.com" is relatively new. Nice find, but if it is a 30 gallon tank I'd be worried about going rimless. You could contact glasscages and see if they'd sell you just the rim for it.
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I wonder if on some other message board someone is complaining about how their tank got stolen when they left it outside to dry.
It's possible. This is why i never leave my tanks outside to dry!
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If it is indeed "GlassCages.com", here's the GlassCages.com size page...

http://www.glasscages.com/?sAction=ViewCat&lCatID=2

They also sell tank frames, looks like $10 for the size you need...

http://www.glasscages.com/?sAction=ViewCat&lCatID=43
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Thanks for the input everyone!

Based on their website my mystery sized tank is a 27 long. I also noticed there's a $15 minimum on all orders and shipping is an additional $15. Honestly, that's more cash than I'm willing to spend on a rectangular piece of plastic.

I figure the DIY approach will ultimately create cool results, so I'm going to tinker with some ideas. I'll probably just build a simple wood frame that can hold a custom cut pexiglass lid. As far as lighting is concerned, it's a bit of a toss up at the moment.
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You could always go topless.
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