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Old 01-02-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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Glass tank lid removal.

I have a 46" by 28" by 12" glass in the wall tank. It was made 10 years ago by somebody else. The problem is that they placed a glass lid glued to the top w silicone w a ridiculously small 19"x9" opening. The glass lid is made up of a few strips of glass pieced together and cemented w clear silicone. It does not look easy to remove. I want to light this tank to make it a reef tank. (I dont think the extra 1/2 inch of glass will help w the lighting!). I would like to take it off and replace it w some small strips. Is there a good method for doing this. A solvent?

I really do not want to drain all the water out either if possible! I can take out 50% for the removal and then put it back in later.

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That sounds like eurobracing, which is structural. Do you have a pic?
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Here are some pics.
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Wow, that's some thick glass! Someone went way overboard when they built that tank. I don't know enough about that stuff to say one way or the other, but it looks like the glass is thick enough to support without those braces.
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Holy cow what thickness is that glass?
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:11 PM   #6
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Those glass strips look like they are braces. I'd advise you leave atleast one on but the best way to remove it is with a razorblade and guitar strings good luck
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It is mega thick. I was thinking of taking off one side and placing a bracing strip, then doing the other side.

Do you know the best way to release the top without killing myself? or is it just get a wedge under an edge and slowly work it up? The glass wants to chip when I started that though.

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If submarines had windows, that's what they would use. I stil can't believe how thick that is. That had to be a mega tank plan fallen through.
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Oh ok. Thanks Ibrahim. I guess I'll slowly work at it. If I can at least get the left side off I'll be happier.
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Oh ok. Thanks Ibrahim. I guess I'll slowly work at it. If I can at least get the left side off I'll be happier.
Np. The guitar strings help cut through the silicone without the chance of chipping your tank. Just saw through it but shavings of silicone may get into your tank.
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