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An idea for all those who want to de-rim.

I have seen a lot of people de-rimming their tanks for aesthetic purposes or thinking about it but not wanting to get bowing. I am sure someone else has thought about this before but I have not seen anyone talk about it or do it but why not replace the plastic trim with a similar piece clear acrylic or just a acrylic cross brace?
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You can't get a strong enough structural bond with acrylic and glass. You could do a glass cross brace just fine. In my experience if the aquarium does not have a cross brace that is built into the trim, it doesn't need a cross brace.


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You can't get a strong enough structural bond with acrylic and glass. You could do a glass cross brace just fine. In my experience if the aquarium does not have a cross brace that is built into the trim, it doesn't need a cross brace.

Well said.

Just to expand a bit: You can get acrylic to bond to glass, but the tensile strength isn't something anyone should feel comfortable with. I've seen acrylic sump baffles held in with silicone fail, and that's a real PITA to repair when the tank is running.

To further illustrate: Bigger Oceanic tanks were make with BIG glass center-braces and mitered plastic trim. I should know, I have a 180G that has spots at the bottom dead-center that have never been touched by human hands, lol!

But on the other hand: I've bought a few of the 29G Tetra tanks at the Petco sale in the last year or so. No center brace, but the bowing is scary. With the next big water changes on these tanks, I'm going to crazy glue an acrylic strip to the middle of the brace. Can't hurt and I may stop getting the sweats when I look down the length of the front of those tanks, lol!

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