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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-02-2019, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Probably a dumb question but....

I just picked up a tank and still new this, but when I was cleaning it up on the maker tag it says tempered.
Does that mean the whole tank is like that? Would it be ok if I took the rim off and did a cross brace and would it hold?
I am already going to redo the silicon because it is starting to show age.
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What size tank? And you are doing a full reseal?

Many tanks are all tempered glass.



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What size tank? And you are doing a full reseal?

Many tanks are all tempered glass.
The guy said 28 may 30 gallons. By full reseal you mean like taking it all apart and redoing it? I was just going to cut away all the inside clean it up and reseal that.
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There are a lot of tanks that are completely tempered, but unless it's a larger tank than what you have, or it has a metal frame, I would bet that just the bottom is.

You can look online and see if the dimensions match up with any standard sized aquarium and it will tell you the volume. Also easy enough to calculate using internal dimensions and converting in or cm to US gallons.
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Try this....
https://www.fishlore.com/ConversionCalculator.htm

My wife says if I get one more aquarium she is going to leave me . I sure am going to miss her fried chicken .
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You can use a pair of polarized sunglasses to check each panel to see if it is polarized.

Tempered glass will appear to have striations/patterns when viewed using a pair of polarized lenses
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You can use a pair of polarized sunglasses to check each panel to see if it is polarized.

Tempered glass will appear to have striations/patterns when viewed using a pair of polarized lenses
Second this. Works really well.



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You can use a pair of polarized sunglasses to check each panel to see if it is polarized.

Tempered glass will appear to have striations/patterns when viewed using a pair of polarized lenses
This is cool. I never thought to do that though I never have had the need to do so either. Thank you for the info.
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I filled it up with water and it looks different then the other tanks. I think the whole thing is tempered I'll check tomorrow with my sunglasses on
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Neat I did not know this. Thanks
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Just as a small hint, it may also be worth the time to "train" your eyes to see the difference. I suggest taking a look at a normal piece of glass in a window at some point away from entryways, assuming it is not tempered and then check near a door as those are often required by code to be tempered. Once you can see the difference, then is a good time to check the tank as it may be missed when not knowing exactly what to look for on the difference. Perhaps just a check of the bottom versus sides will give you the right "experience", also? To verify, the tempered glass in houses and cars will often have a small label on them.
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