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Thread: Taking apart an aquarium

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    Ok, I was given a couple beat up aquariums that still have a few good pieces of glass in them so I was wondering if it's possible to take it apart and save the glass. Has anyone done this before? Any hints or tips? I'm guessing use a razor blade.. but I'm not sure how to get the plastic frames off since they're glued on differently..

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    Maybe you can get some acetone or some other solvent to dissolve the glue. Be careful and work slowly because those glass pieces break very easily.
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    I did a quick search bit wasn't satisfied with the sites, so I don't really know. If you DO go with acetone, please do it outside, because the fumes are harmful. Acetone is a carcinogen. Uncured silicone sealer is also harmful.

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    Wouldn't acetone dissolve the plastic frame thats at the top and bottom of the aquarium?

    Silicone is tough stuff.. best bet is to try cutting it with a utility knife. You may also be able to work in a putty knife along the glass to free it from the silicone.
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    Tony, I believe you are right.

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    I found a pentagon shaped 45 gallon aquarium for free that has a broken front piece. I've been cutting the broken piece out with a utility knife. I had a glass company cut me another piece to size but they said "make sure to remove all silicone from the glass before gluing it as silicone doesn't stick to silicone."
    It's been a long slow process and I'm only 1/4 way done.

    Found a 30 gallon hex aquarium for $5.00 which is my next project.... Good luck

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    Kirk: those hex aquariums are expensive!! I'm thinking of starting a project to build a nice highland tank (see, that N. macfarlenei you all gave me got me started!), where are you getting your glass cut? Anywhere in Boston?

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    Hi Michael,

    Glad to see that N. macfarlanei will be well taken care of...
    Actually, I brought the broken tank to a local glass company in Fitchburg. They took all the measurements and figured out the thickness necessary. then cut the piece. I think it was $11.00
    I'm sure there are local glass companies near Boston (probably Allston would be a good place to look for you.)

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