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02-17-2016, 05:57 PM
So I shattered a pane on my tank. It is a 60g shallow, and it's the 48" which is damaged. Anyone out there do this kind of repair?

02-17-2016, 06:42 PM
Oh no man, what happened?

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02-18-2016, 11:23 AM
Does it have plastic trim?

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02-18-2016, 11:30 AM
I think it has the rim on the bottom.

02-18-2016, 01:36 PM
rim on bottom only. I priced a piece of glass...$50

02-18-2016, 01:49 PM
I know at one time someone had a contact to the person that these tanks came from. Might reach out to them to see if they have any in inventory. Just a thought.

02-18-2016, 02:32 PM
He can't get replacement glass

With a plastic rim the only way to replace the glass is to cut the trim off. With what's involved it would be cheaper to sell the tank to someone that wants to put in the elbow grease themselves a d just buy a new tank. That is unless you feel confident you can do it yourself. I have done it multiple times and it's a real pain. If you do it yourself make sure you clean out all of the old silicone and use rubbing alcohol to get the super thin film off or else you will have a blow out. Also the entire tank will need a reseal. Not the silicone between the glass panes as that's fine but you can't deal one piece of glass and have new silicone seal to old silicone. It will fail. If I were doing the job based on hours it would be about $250 for the install of glass and reseal, not including cost of glass and RTV silicone.

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02-18-2016, 03:58 PM
Thanks for the advice guys. I am gonna try and remove the old glass. If I have to remove trim, I will skip it. Bush can get a tank for $240

02-18-2016, 04:22 PM
Take your time with a razor blade between glass and frame and it will come off in one piece.

02-18-2016, 05:48 PM
Razor blades don't work well on tall trim like what is on those tanks. I recommend going to harbor freight and get the thin metal spatula things for working with bondo on cars. They are thin and the corners work really well at slicing through the silicone. Good luck!

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