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post #1 of 11 Old 02-12-2009, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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Question new filter does not fit on old aquarium with big frame

Hi all! I'm new here. Yay for fishies!

I was given an old 10 gallon tank with frames on the sides. I've been thinking about moving some of my guppies in there but the frame on the rim of this tank is too wide (a little over an inch) for my filter and basically anything that needs to hang on it. I've been thinking about sawing off a little portion of the frame but am afraid that the tank might not hold once I put water in. Do you have any ideas on what I can do to get the hanging equipment on there? If possible, I don't really want to buy anything new that's too expensive. I've been warned about my fish supplies' budget.

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-12-2009, 01:13 AM
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can you post a picture of this so i can see exactly what you are talking about.

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post #3 of 11 Old 02-12-2009, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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I don't have a camera right now but the top of the tank looks similar to the one below.

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post #4 of 11 Old 02-12-2009, 02:20 AM
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cutting a notch out shouldnt be a problem.
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post #5 of 11 Old 02-12-2009, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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ok, thanks! Now I'll just have to find something to cut it with.
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-12-2009, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, I took another look at it. The frame is exactly 1" wide and my hanging equipments can only hang onto something that is 0.5" wide. Also, the frame seems to be quite sturdy and thick. I think it'll be a long painful process to cut it up. Are there any other easier ideas/alternatives before I start cutting? Has anyone experienced these problems before?
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post #8 of 11 Old 02-12-2009, 11:15 AM
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Given the situation you're probably best off notching the frame. Modifying a filter like that would require some serious cutting and altering of the filter itself and would worry me down the road about the thing falling off.

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post #9 of 11 Old 02-12-2009, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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I wonder if I could find something that'll stick out of the tank for the stuff to hang on to... hmm...
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-12-2009, 06:58 PM
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of course, the other option would be to get a different filter.
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