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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-13-2014, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Makeing my own shallow tank

Well I got a 56 gallon tall tank for free from a friend and it is in bad need of a huge cleaning , has been sitting outside for years . I think it would be easyer to clean the galss when its apart anyways . I have been wanting a shallow big foot print tank but cant afford one so since I got this for free I am going to take the tank completely apart and cut the glass down to size to make the hight 12 inches instead of 24 inches . So tank will be 30x18x12


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Interesting. Been thinking of doing the same. I'll be watching this thread closely
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Been a tall makes it look so small for a 56g lol. After your done it will seem to have a little bit smaller footprint then a 30g breeder.

The 30 breeder is 36x18x12
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Very interesting. I personally like long tanks.

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Been a tall makes it look so small for a 56g lol. After your done it will seem to have a little bit smaller footprint then a 30g breeder.

The 30 breeder is 36x18x12
A 30B isn't a size you see in a LFS every day, so I would bet it's not gonna sell at $1 per gallon, but it sure would be the easy way to go.

You're not only talking about a tear-down an re-build, but cutting down all four panes as well. 1/4" glass can be tough to work with, and you'll never get that polished look on the edges that stock rimless tanks have.

I'm not trying to be a wet blanket, trust me. But there's a LOT of work involved here.

Before you get into, I would just price a 30B (Petco sells the 40B's at $1 gallon), but more important, make sure the glass in that tank can even be cleaned up. Used tanks aren't always a bargain. I've learned that much for sure.

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Remember, the glass, especially the bottom, may be tempered. If so, you can't cut it.

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Not going to cut the buttom just the sides , and I am not going to cut it myself I am going to have cut somewhere , I have looked around for a 30 breeder but no one has one local , and this one is free so if I mess up not loss


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A 30B isn't a size you see in a LFS every day, so I would bet it's not gonna sell at $1 per gallon, but it sure would be the easy way to go.

You're not only talking about a tear-down an re-build, but cutting down all four panes as well. 1/4" glass can be tough to work with, and you'll never get that polished look on the edges that stock rimless tanks have.

I'm not trying to be a wet blanket, trust me. But there's a LOT of work involved here.

Before you get into, I would just price a 30B (Petco sells the 40B's at $1 gallon), but more important, make sure the glass in that tank can even be cleaned up. Used tanks aren't always a bargain. I've learned that much for sure.
You might be right. I called my local Petco and the $1 30G they sell is 36x12x16
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You're not only talking about a tear-down an re-build, but cutting down all four panes as well. 1/4" glass can be tough to work with, and you'll never get that polished look on the edges that stock rimless tanks have.

I'm not trying to be a wet blanket, trust me. But there's a LOT of work involved here.
Its not THAT bad. All you need is a good straight edge, a steady hand and a decent scoring tool. Running pliers would certainly help. Plus, its not hard to get that nice edge look with a dremel, a diamond wheel and some sandpaper.

As an added bonus, you get the satisfaction of building it yourself.


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emory cloth works. Its also soft enough to take off bad hard water stains without affecting the glass.


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You'll need a pro to cut that glass. Those glass cutters will work on glass less than 1/4" but not above.
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you could use a wet tile saw to cut it assuming it has the right blade. I have used that to cut some thinner glass. You would need to make sure your fence is as close to perfectly parallel to the blade or you run the risk of it possibly cracking the glass. This was a concern for the thinner glass so not sure it would be that big an issue with thicker glass. You would need to make sure you go slowly and keep the water flowing so it doesnt overheat. There is risk that some particles of glass could get between the glass and table and scratch it so I would also mask the sides with painters tape or something.


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You'll need a pro to cut that glass. Those glass cutters will work on glass less than 1/4" but not above.
You don't NEED a pro to do it, but pro tools would certainly help


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