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Just de-rimmed my 10 gal

I wish I could have one of those fancy rimless ADA tanks... But I, being the poor college kid that I am, have to made do with what I have. And that happened to be an old 10 gal lying around. Had an idea for another tank so I de-rimmed it. Spend an hour or two last night removing the rim. Then I went to Home Depot this morning to buy Goo-gone to help remove all the silicone gunk (it really helped). I left the corners intact though. I actually like how it looks. What do you guys think?

I will be doing a walstad style tank with this. it will be about 1/3 filled. Trying to make a marginal plant type setup with this. Going to have plants rooted at the soil which will grow up & above the water line. Already got some emmersed hygro from one of those petco tube plants. Going to a local stream later on to collect more plants later. This will be my first soil based tank...Will post it in the low tech forum when I get it set up.




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Not too shabby! I like that you left the corners. makes it unique.
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I started to de-rim a 10g i got a few days ago. I chipped a corner a couple times and got nervous so I stopped. What was your process for de-riming it?
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patience is the key to de-rimming. If you rush it at all you'll either chip or crack the glass. Or you can end up with some nice slices in your hands too. Box of 20 fresh blades is a good idea.
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I just used a box cutter and a file. I used the box cutter and ran it under the trim inside & out (except for the corners) Then I used a file and I sawed away at the edges where I wanted the corners to be (inside, outside, and above). After that i just had to plop off the rim between the cuts I made on each side. Attached a diagram Hope it makes sense.
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do you slide the blade all the way up between plastic and the glass or just along the rim?
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do you slide the blade all the way up between plastic and the glass or just along the rim?
All the way up.
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patience is the key to de-rimming. If you rush it at all you'll either chip or crack the glass. Or you can end up with some nice slices in your hands too. Box of 20 fresh blades is a good idea.
Yes, I scraped off like 1/2 an inch of skin from my middle finger when I was pulling away some trim... wore gloves after that.
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I have a little block plane, a very cheap one, that I have used to plane down the outside top corner of the plastic trim almost to the glass, all the way around. Then the rim breaks at that corner when I pry it up. The inside half is relatively easy to remove after that. Sawing through the trim near each corner as the OP did is a very good idea too. And, I found that forcing myself to be patient was the hardest and most effective technique.

Alex009 has an excellent writeup here, which I wish I had read before I did my two rim removals. If I had, I think I would have left the corners on too.

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Where can I find the Alex derim writeup?
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Nicely done.
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Where can I find the Alex derim writeup?
No official writeup - Post #5 is about as detailed as I got with this process.
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nice job. i wouldve taken the corners off though. but it looks cool the way it is now. i have a 10g i just took the bottom rim off. im going to take the top off, just havent gotten to it yet. i've done a 20 long and a 5.5g, and i tried to do a 10g the other day but craked it ( idk why i was going super slow) but i have another 10 g with the bottom rim off, so im kinda nervous now lol


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i say just take off the corners. you spent all that time derimming, might as well do it all the way. if you really want a cover buy the little clear tabs for the ADA tanks.


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the corners wont help with support at all


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