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Old 10-21-2006, 02:45 AM   #1
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my lanlord wont let me have a huge tank..so im wantin to take my 55 gallon and make it smaller.the tank is made by that all-glass aquariums company(i think thats the name). so...i wan to take it and cut it ...and make it 32"long 14" high and 14" width...it will be something like 27 gallons. i dont think personally i can cut it straight..so can a glass cutter guy say at like ace hardware cut that kind of glass for me ... i think its tempered glass or maybe its not...any input into this would be helpfull..thanx
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:33 AM   #2
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I wouldn't cut it. Because it is A: Probably tempered glass, and B: Aquarium glass is incredibly thick.
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Tempered glass doesnt cut well, it shatters. The bottom of your tank is most likely tempered glass. Why would you want to ruin a good 55 gal? 30 gals are relativley cheap. Trade it or store it instead.
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I think it will be alot more trouble than its worth. I would find out what his definition of huge is. 55 is not huge but if he wont let you just buy a smaller tank. It will be cheaper than what you are planning on.
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Don't do it, buy or swap for a smaller setup.
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i want to customize without spending any monies at all....i wanted to do an acrylic set up...but i dont wanna spend anything. im thinkin maybe i can cut the side panels of glass and replace the bottom peice with a thicker non tempered glass. i cant buy a tank that fits what i want. and when i say huge tank...i meant huge..too big for my landlord to be compfy with. i know what a big tank is. and to ruin a good 55 gal...it was free and i dont like it..lol. anyways..if i decied to do this and i cut JUST the side panels to my liking...how would i make the edges like not sharp. i suppose i could put some sort of edging on it..and try to make it look not too tacky. anyways..when i do this i take pics and show you either my success or doom.
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.how would i make the edges like not sharp.
You sand it down after cutting. My local glass place use a diamond coated sanding belt on a belt sander for the job. You can also get them to grind you a decorative edge (but that would be expensive - the one I checked charges $1-2 & up per linear foot).

With the high cost of glass cutting & edge grinding, I don't think it would be too cost effective to remake the 55 gal. You might be better off selling the 55 & buying pre-cut panes of glass to make your new tank.
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I would find someone that will trade for a smaller tank. No fuss that way and both you and the other would get what you want without worrying about cutting glass. I have done it and I did ok, took a lot of silicone to seal it but it was small. I will have someone cut it for me in the future.
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I assume your lanlord won't allow the 55 cuz of weight.
I would leave it as is and just use the tank for a paludarium instead.........less water equals less weight.
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