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Old 06-05-2018, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Project tank I'm doing involved going rimless on top. When I took plastic trim off, it pulled little pieces of glass here and there. Was not a brand new tank, I'd gotten it free on Facebook, but seeing how I destroyed the rim removing it.....is this going to be an issue going forward? Can I/should I fix?

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What size tank? You can remove the rim from a 10 gallon tank, with no problem, but it would be a disaster if you did that with a 55 gallon tank.
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There's no way to fix chipped glass. You can made it safer so you don't get cut by sanding it down a fine grit.

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They're not major chips. Prob honestly going to be filled with silicone when I euro brace it... But I didn't know if I could/should sand or fill them, or if the integrity of the glass was trashed and I shouldn't use at all

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Chips that are "V" shaped into the glass cause stress concentrations, but those that are ""U" shaped into the glass are not a problem. (Of course getting cut on sharp edges is a problem for you.) When I removed the rims on a couple of small tanks I had, I also had small chips pulled off by the adhesive. I used a silicon carbide sharpening stone to get rid of the sharp corners left.

When you use euro bracing even large tanks can safely have the rim removed. If I remember correctly, the braces have to be cemented to the inside of the tank, not across the top of the tank, which was a problem I never did figure out how to solve. (Silicone joints are far stronger in tension than in shear, which is why the tank bottom needs to be inside the sides and ends, not outside.)
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