Question for George

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by Simon Dickenson, 29 Feb 2008.

  1. Simon Dickenson

    Simon Dickenson Member

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    I understand you removed your Juwel Rio 125's hood and bracing. I need to go top less and remove my vision but how did you go about it? I tried the other night and it's really stuck on with silicone. Any tips??

    S
     
  2. sks

    sks Guest

    I would hazard a guess that George used a razor blade or something very thin and sharp to carefully scrap it off.

    That part is trivial, the non trivial part is knowing IF you can get the brace off WITHOUT causing your tank to crack, i.e. it might have been constructed with glass just thin enough that brace was essential, and if you remove the brace the tank would crack. Best to find out the thickness or ask other hobbyists if they have done this without incurring damage.
     
  3. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Hi Simon

    I just ripped it off using brute force and ignorance with my hands. It did it empty and re-filled it very carefully.

    Removing it is entirely at your own risk, of course.
     
  4. Martin

    Martin Member

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    I like the disclaimer George. Your rio 125 does look so much better without the rim and brace.
     
  5. Lisa_Perry75

    Lisa_Perry75 Member

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    Does the hood not come off then??? Dammit. I was hoping I could use the hood and stand of a rio 180 for my tank... Poo pants
     
  6. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    No. It's siliconed in place.

    Note Rio 180 dimensions aren't 'standard' either.
     
  7. Simon Dickenson

    Simon Dickenson Member

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    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    It really is stuck on though, I tried and tried. I'll give it one last go tonight! If not then I guess its a new tank..... mmmmmmhhh ADA looks nice
     
  8. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Good luck mate.

    The opti-white from Aqua Essentials are supplied by the manufacturers to ADA. Not cheap but I hear the quality is second to none.

    I'll see for myself this week hopefully, as I'm getting a 60cm for a PFK ste-by-step/review.
     
  9. Simon Dickenson

    Simon Dickenson Member

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    So when do I get a job a PFK? First free JBL stuff now a tank.... Jeeez :rolleyes:
     
  10. discusdean

    discusdean Member

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    I removed the bracing bars from my last tank by using a hacksaw blade to jently saw through the silicon under the bar.

    then pulled at the same time as leaverage this makes it a lot easier

    DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK THEY ARE THERE FOR A REASON
    im was just becoming a sump with low level water.
     
  11. Simon Dickenson

    Simon Dickenson Member

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    If they were glass bracing it would be easy ! But the plastic hood is silicone'd on! think I may take a look at these tanks from A E then.....
     
  12. Simon Dickenson

    Simon Dickenson Member

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  13. Joecoral

    Joecoral Member

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    HOW MUCH FOR A 3' CUBE?!?!?!?!
    And they say planted tanks are cheaper than marine!!
     

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