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Derimming, and plant suggestions?

I have a 2 gallon cube that I'm going to start, and I'm wondering whether I should derim it first? Like, is it worth the effort, for the appearance? And how likely am I to break the tank? I really like the rimless look, but I really don't want to break the tank, so I'd just like some opinions before attempting this.

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+1 take your time and use a sharp blade
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Yes just be very careful and use a sharp blade. Tips:
- Goo gone seemed to help when it came to scraping off the silicone.
- I took a blanket, folded it a couple times and placed it on the grounds. I then placed the tank on top of it during the derimming process...
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When I did my 10g I just gripped the rim with a pair of vice-grips, then pulled straight up on them. The rim pulled right off, in around 5 mins. Of course, then you have to scrape all the silicon off, which is the hardest and most time-consuming task of the entire job. This is easily doable, and should look nice when it's done. Would love to see it, so get us some pics?


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If you derim a small tank (say 5.5g) will it still be safe to full with water? I attempted to derim my old tank and stopped when I noticed the flexing of the sides from the silicone seals.
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Well, I got a little too eager and tried to rush one of the sides, and put a small crack in the glass :/. I just siliconed it up though, and now I know which side is going to be the back haha. Other then that, it just took a long time, and I need to get a sharper blade to scrape off the residue remaining on the upper sides
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There is how it looks with the residue, and a close up of the crack
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Use a heat gun. Heat the top of the rim until soft enough to run your blade knife, then put the knife in between the rim and glass, and run it through to loosen the silicon.
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Well now I'm wondering what plants to put in it, I'm thinking along these lines, but I would like some advice. I'm looking for the hardier, low-medium light plants, that won't need C02 to grow. Right now, I have a small piece of anacharis in there, along with some other plant that i'm not sure about. I was wondering if anyone had any better ideas about what stem plants could go in the back? And if java moss is my best bet for the foreground, or if there is a better alternative? So just some preliminary ideas, and all suggestions are appreciated! Thank you!
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