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    Aquariums look so much cooler without rims

    Check it. I took the rims off and ripped out all of the silicone to make it really clean-cut.

    This was a scratched up aquarium. I practiced on it before I did it to a new one. It was hard finding something that would dissolve silicone residue. I was lazy, so I left the residue on the bottom glass, since you can't see it when there's media anyway. You can see it, it looks like a translucent white strip going all the way around on the bottom. I didn't really go full-force with trying to get the residue off. I just wanted to get enough off to get an idea of what it'll look like. I was stingy with the solvent, too. I didn't want to waste it on something that's going back in the basement to collect dust :P It still holds water lol. I'm not brave enough to use it as an aquarium, though :P

    I think the lack of rims make it looks bigger. I think rims box it in. I think it looks good, for a cheap aquarium for walmart. Not an ADA Cube garden :P But also didn't cost $150! The edges are crappy (Don't know if you can see it) because I tried to bevel them with a dremel.... that didn't work.... I sent an E-mail to a local class company asking how much it would cost to bevel the edges and polish them up. The edges weren't meant to be seen, so they aren't perfect. They're good enough to leave alone if you aren't a perfectionist, though. I think that once the edges are beveled and polished on a new aquarium made of Starphire glass and not from wal mart, it'll look as good as an ADA. If you don't know, this is an ADA CG http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j9...n/DSC01103.jpg








    My idea for doing that was I wanted to buy a rimless aquarium to use as a terrarium. Classcages sells a rimless aquarium for 90 dollars more than a "terrarium", which is actually just a fishtank, of the same dimensions. This is understandable. You need thicker glass. What pissed me off was that after explaining my plans, they refused to sell me a "terrarium" without the rim, but at least they gave me poor customer service for free! I'll buy one to the dimensions that I like and remove the rim myself..... but definately not from them. It would have saved THEM money. The amount of the rims! Lame. I read a lot of bad things about them online after that, like sloppy work, yelling and hanging up on customers, leaking, so I'm glad that happened. Blessing in disguise.


    Speaking of ADA, guess how much a 20 (give or take a gallon or two) ADA cube garden Supreme costs? Just under three grand, and just because the glass is heat-bonded to each other instead of using silicone. I wonder what that's REALLY worth if it didn't have ADA slapped on it :P

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    nice....... i dont have space for a terrarium though.
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    How much water are you planning on having in it? Just as an fyi, be careful of how much water you put in it, the rims are actually pretty important for strength.
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    I thought about painting the inside to cover up a false bottom and the dirt... but then I was worried about toxins so I figured back silicone would be perfect, and would let me have like an inch or two without fear.

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    aaaaah.....ADA style eh?? Yeah...watch out for structural failure. In the standard aquarium with those rims, it was useful to keep all those 4 sides in the perfect structural shape distributing the outward pressure of the water inside by all the 4 faces equally. Now without the rim structure at top...these forces are just shared at the silicone seams. This "might" increase the probability of failure. Its a good thing you are first trying this with a smaller, cheaper spare tank. I would be spectical about ripping off the rims of a 90gal tank.

    BTW.....what do u plan on keeping in there? aldrovanda with some neon tetra + the classic minimalistic ADA style rockscape?

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    It'll be a terrarium. Not iwugami (can it be called that if it's not underwater? lol). I want to cram as much crap in there as possible! It will be natural style. I haven't gotten a reply, but the college rules say no aquariums larger than 20 gallons, but it's says that in regards to pets "No pets except fish, aquariums must be well maintained and no larger than 20 gallons blah blah." It didn't say anything about terrariums made out of aquariums. If I get an OK, or decide to be brave (I honestly don't see why they'd make me get rid of it if it was bigger than 20 gallons if it wasn't filled with water and animals...in fact they recommend bringing houseplants...), I'll get a 60 gallon cube. I don't want to waste the time and money to find out I can't keep it on a technicality...but seriously I can't imagine someone interpreting that as a code violation.

    People have done this with aquariums 20 gallons and under, but didn't rip out the silicone seal of course. Never had problems, but that doesn't matter to me. I don't want to haul around a fish tank when I have to leave for holidays/summer. Not allowed to leave it plugged in, either, so fish are out. I'm lazy.

    Yes. ADA is awesome. If I had a reason to stick the glassware ADA makes on there, I'm do that! He makes equipment pretty to look at like little artistic trinkets.

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    cool. Check this site out if you want some inspiration for landscaping.

    http://www.wildsky.net/vivarium/evivariu.htm

    well....about a 60 gal tank...I think the concern would be about hinderance to your room mates which is why they would limit the size for us. Our triple rooms were pretty small. We had the same thing in our uni. Tanks only 20 gal max. But hey, if u keep something in your room......and be discrete about it.....there's no reason for any problems. I mean for instance...i had a shoplight fixture with CP's...and my indoor greenhouse in my dorm room. Even at the end of the year... the community advisor was shocked to see that in the room. lol! She went: That gotta be against the rules. I said: WHere exactly in the residence code of conduct does it say that I can't use light fixtures, have plants, etc?? lol!

    Just don't draw too much attention if you are going for something that will stretch the rules. I am not supporting doing illegal stuff. Growing plants, apart from a few specific questionable species....is not something that you can get busted for.

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