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derimming aquarium?

wondering if anyone has derimmed an aquaon tank? I am thinking about doing it on a 40br
at this stage it's still in the research thinking about faze but why not? I can add a glass center brace if needed.

I do under stand it's gonna be a PITA with lots of sanding and using cerium oxide to buff it out. anyone tried it?
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I've done an Aqueon 29g. Pretty easy, nothing unexpected. It's pretty thin glass but the tank isn't getting filled so it's not an issue. I would imagine you're going to need to do a center brace or euro=brace.
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haha i tried to "derim" an aqueon 2.5g and failed miserably. glass was waaaaay to thin and just broke apart like sand. luckily only a $15 dollar mistake. you may have better luck with the 40 breeder with the thicker glass and all. i just remember thinking what a dumb idea as i heard glass cracking. just some food for thought.
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You should be able to derim with very little stress put on the glass.
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yeah with the thicker glass of the 40br I am thinking it would be easier than the thinner onces. just like drilling.

I am thinking either 1 center brace about 2" in the center or 1 on each side. like a modified euro brace.
wonder witch would offer more support?

the question is should i do both top and bottom or just the top??

Bump: here is a good video from YT kina long but you get the idea...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1VJ2arDdjM
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I personally don't feel the _bottom_ rim takes any aesthetic away from the tank - in fact it hides the silicone.
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20 gal - no problem...55 gal will fail without brace...40??...no experience with it, but I would not risk it without brace...
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I personally don't feel the _bottom_ rim takes any aesthetic away from the tank - in fact it hides the silicone.
I was thinking the same. not sure if I want to bother with the bottom or not.

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20 gal - no problem...55 gal will fail without brace...40??...no experience with it, but I would not risk it without brace...
yeah there will be a brace for sure its a matter of 1 in the middle or 1 om each side...
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I opted not to de-rim my 40b...Ive had a flooded basement once before and it sucks. Every pane of glass and tank are different...you may have gotten a friday 5pm special and not have a good experience.

IF you still ago ahead with it I would only do the top, you are just going to see substrate up to that point anyway and it would give me a little peace of mind.

As for the brace I would add one about 2-3" wide in the center. The corners will only really give you strength in the joints but any bowing in the glass is going to happen at the unsupported (or bonded) part and that is the center of the glass.

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still very strongly thinking about doing this now I have all the goodies picked out for the build its about show time.
@Functional 3" would be more than I would want but I can do 2" center brace for sure.

just need to decide on using a lid or not, as the rim does make it easier...
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