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Old 08-16-2009, 05:28 PM   #21
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Here a shot of the tank before.

My brother-in-law and I made that canopy. It had an Icecap 660 hanging on the back. It was painted because we just used scrap wood. I planned on making a better one and staining it to match the stand later.




Here is the culprit, he paid for his diggin' with his life


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I got the trim off fairly easy:


What would be the best way to remove the silicone and the bottom pane?
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:16 PM   #22
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A razor knive and a razor blade to scrape it and you should be good. Looked good before cant wait to see it up again.
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:45 PM   #23
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Ah-ha! :p

Here's how it went...

1) I cut away the silicone as much as possible with razor knife on both inside and outside of the tank bottom. I laid the tank on its side to do this from the inside.

2) The bottom pieces that were small came off easy, I got most of them off when the trim came off. The two ends that were large did not want to budge.

3) I tried getting the razor knife to cut between the bottom and the sides but it wouldn't go. So I took one of those 1x2 stakes and pried 8-O on the bottom. I could see the silicone start to release by allowing bubbles under the glass. I just kept steady pressure... not too much though. Then I could start to hear the silicone give way. It was a slow process but keeping the steady pressure was the key.

Here is what I have now. This is a small chip in the front side:


And here is one in the back side opposite end:


And overall shot...


Gotta go fire up the pit.. BBQ time!
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:08 PM   #24
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Is this the right silicone to use?

GE Silicone 1
MFG Part # : GE012A 12C
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:19 PM   #25
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:14 AM   #26
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Yep #1 is safe.
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I just looked at GE I silicone at Home Depot and it specifically said not for use in aquariums. Is there more than 1 type of GE I?

Also, DAP makes one labeled aquarium safe, then on the back it says for tank 30g or less and less than 18" of water column. Are they just trying to CYA? All-glass brand says nothing about that, but the DAP is $4.34 for 3 oz and AG is 6-10 for 2.8 at fish stores.

Can't find the DAP in the caulk-gun tube, but plenty of GE I.
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At 125 gallons I would want to remove all silicone from the panes of glass and start over. Are you planning on completely dissassembling the tank or just putting in the new bottom and running a bead of silicone around the bottom? For smaller tanks I have just used a sharp blade and cut the old silicone out the length of the vertical runs and siliconed in the bottom and then new bead up the the vertical corners of the glass panes. But these were always smaller tanks. I would be concerned with not "rebuilding" from the ground up (complete disassembly of all planes). Any place that that does not have fresh silicone to glass adhesion will be of question in my book. For the most part I don't think I have come across too many that will say silicone over old silicone is a good thing.
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GE ilicone I does say not for aquariums, however, many thousands have used it. Be sure that it is for "windows and doors", not "kitchens and bathrooms". For a tank that size, I would look for GE 1200 series silicone. It is stronger than the I, but is only available through jobbers. You won't find it at HD. Still, lots have used the GEI for tanks of that size, without any problems.
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Learned alot from the forum already and wanting to learn more so i am tagging along. I hope it goes well for you.
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