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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-31-2009, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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Talking Rim-less tank help

OK i wanted to start a planted tank, its going to be those 5.5 gallon tanks from petco, but i was wondering if i could take off the rims on the top or bottom(I mean the black framing on the tank when i say rims)

Is it safe to do, is it hard?

And also i would like some tips on lighting, i was wondering how i was going to be put lights on the tank, but the thing is i don't want a hood, and a don't want a clamp lamp, any ideas?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-31-2009, 01:11 AM
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With a 5.5 it shouldn't be a problem but I'd look around to see what the success rate with those is. Some people get 10 and 15g's going well...
Also I'd suggest only doing the top rim, as the bottom rim usually adds a bit of support as the bottom glass is generally a few mm raised from the ground.
The actual task of derimming is pretty easy, just take your time, be very patient. The first time I attempted to de-rim a 2.5g I rushed it a bit and ended up with a tiny crack on the top. Once you get the rim off its just a few hours of scrapping silicone. I also found that going over it with a sponge every now and then helped me.
As far as lighting you can always go for a table lamp to go across the top, I know there are a few posted around here. GL!


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1. Safe? Eh, sorta.
2. Hard? Eh, sorta.
3. Table lamps, like the kind you can get from Home Depot would work. I like my clamp lamps myself, other than the rusting clamps in the tank water.


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i wouldnt hesitate to de rim that tank.

i removed the rims from a 10 gallon tank that i have set up with a good light. it uses a 27watt 10000k bulb and has a nice aluminum housing. it does mount on the back but it is no clamp lamp, it actually looks acceptable in the house. it is the archaea clamp on light that you can get at the aqua forest for about $60.
it wasnt on the adg website the last time i checked.
but if you shot them an email i bet they would ship you one.

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No, on second thought, i just ran across this:http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_ViewIt...d~AZ72178.html

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That's a neat looking light. I wonder if it produces enough light? The led's I've seen used in other fixtures or DIY fixtures are (I believe) 2-3 watts per diode. This one has a total output of 7 watts?


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i dont think it would be that bright.
but over a 5.5gal whatever amount of light it produces is probably enough.

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