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Old 12-06-2011, 07:46 PM   #1
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New Project <55 gallon build>

So i got a 55 gallon tank the other day that was in pretty rough shape.

The seals are gross, and i mean gross black and moldy
The glass has some shallow scratches in it
The top support bar was broken off
but hey: the tank was free!!!
so here goes the build i'm pretty much starting from scratch, hope you enjoy

here is the goal of the night,
1. take the top rim off.
2. order new rim
3. remove old silicone.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:47 PM   #2
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After removing the rim


Some Nice hard water stains/ light scratches all throughout the tank


the Rim came off in peices pretty easily, i didnt even need to cut it that much, glad i didnt even try to fill the tank up first


The gross moldy black seals


Full rimless shot
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:01 PM   #3
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Looks great so far! I did this to a tank once and de-rimming the tank is the hardest part by far.
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:22 PM   #4
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thanks, i think that buffing out the scratches is going to be pretty difficult
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:30 PM   #5
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you probably wont be able to see the scratches if they are in the inside when u put water in it
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:05 PM   #6
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lol but it wouldnt be a project then :P
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its gonna be really hard to buff a scratch out of glass you would have to have some sound a quarts based compound something harder than the glass and they your going to have swirl marks everywhere not to mention it would effect the integrity of the glass because you would be making it thinner in that spot just my 2 cent though
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:12 AM   #8
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the whole thing is scratched, but none of it is deep. it looks like someone tried to clean the glass with steal wool. i have a buffing compound that i use to take scratches out of glass for my car, im hoping that that works, all i will need to do is make sure to wash it very well!

i ordered the new frame tonight, i need to go out tommorow and get some more razor blades, and finish taking all of the silicone off. then i will have the panes by themselves and will be much easier to work with the buffer
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:16 AM   #9
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you probably wont be able to see the scratches if they are in the inside when u put water in it
i did some research and it seems that you wont be able to see the scratches once filled but after a few weeks when your tank has cycled and algae starts growing it will be near impossible to see through the glass because the algae will grow in the scratches.
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My tank has a few scratch from rocks being moved by my chlids and they don't show any extra algae growth...
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