Is it Safe to De-Rim a 10 Gallon Tank?

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I have been considering for a while, taking the rims off my 10 gallon tank. Would it be safe as in would it leak?
 

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According to the internet you should be fine to de rim a tank that size. . . but in my experience I don’t think it was worth the effort. if you don’t have all the tools (mainly razors) you’ll need to buy then, it can take a while to get the rim and silicone off, it can take a while to get all the tiny scraps of silicone off to make the edges look nice, and it’s pretty easy to mess up and crack the glass. . .

petco’s dollar per gallon sale is going on right now do their rimless aqueon tanks should be discounted as well. That’s what I have in my living room.
 

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Yeah...Just go get a rimless one at Petco - they're on sale this week cheap like...$14.99 or so.
 

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I have removed plastic rims from second hand tanks . What I have found is often the glass edge is not to use the technical term “ polished” this will mean an edge that is unsightly even when you use sand paper the remove the sharp edge.
 
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CindyVBPets said:
Yeah...Just go get a rimless one at Petco - they're on sale this week cheap like...$14.99 or so.
Unfortunately, I don't have a PetCo within about a thousand miles from where I live.
 

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As someone with good carpentry skills and patience that tried de-rim a 10g, my only result was a huge gash in the palm of my hand, a hospital trip and a broken tank. It's really not worth the hassle to me.

But, if you give it a go be very very careful and i hope you have success.
 

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