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kevinmjones1978 08-24-2010 12:19 PM

cutting a 125 acrylic???
 
can you and is it feasable to cut an acrylic tank and reseal it??? i dont want water all over my floor...does anyone have any ideas???

kitten_penang 08-24-2010 01:41 PM

ask bearwithfish.he's good at the DIY stuff

bearwithfish 08-24-2010 02:26 PM

LOL thank you for the vote of confidance ... i must ask a few things first .. why do you want to cut it and in what way? are you looking to fix a corner? are you looking to make the tank shallow? a few more details and perhaps we can brain storm.....
honestly if its to fix something there may be a better way

kevinmjones1978 08-24-2010 04:30 PM

the problem
 
the tank is 6 feet long, and it to big for the only place i can put it.. my question i guess is, can i cut about 6 inches from the tanks length.? i mean i cant really see it beig that much of a problem, except that is the acrylic glue, where do you get it? would cutting the acrylic with a angle grinder and a really thin blade work..? of course a metal straight edge would be clamped on..and then fitting a piece back on the end, but put back between the front and the back...and if it was a good fit...do you think there would be some structral weekness...? i dont know there isn't any glass places here that want that responsibilty....

Mettalikatt 08-24-2010 08:06 PM

cutting it will be no problem at all, resealing it is where you'll need some guidance. all you'll need to cut it is a circular saw with an acrylic blade and a guide rail.

bearwithfish 08-24-2010 08:07 PM

ok we come into a few different issues here and they are upto you if you take the risks involved... a normal circular saw with a straight edge guide would do the trick then comes the reattachment of the end piece ....

i would only attempt it with a product called weld on ... or a really good epoxy such as lock tight (both are aquarium safe)..
now we have to look at the integrity of the wall once repaired... i am making an assumption here that there is a rim of some sort involved and once you cut the tank itself you have a rim that is to big...
one option is to use Euro riming (Google it to see what i mean) another option (less trustworthy in my oppinion) is to cut down the rim and put it back on backwards using the weld on product to secure it that way you have more surface bonded away from the new seal.
the last (and most dangerous option) is to run it rim less which will most likely bow and break the tank of that size.....
another would be to build a wood frame around the top and bottom but there are always some risks involved such as measurements and fasteners..

in short we it me (and its not) i would recommend making more room or getting another tank....

Mettalikatt 08-24-2010 08:09 PM

yeah, Ideally I'd just sell that bad boy and buy a shorter one with some cash left over.

bearwithfish 08-24-2010 08:13 PM

i would not give up so easily ...there may be a way to move things around to make it fit or perhaps my caution button has been pushed a little harder than normal (i had a project go horribly wrong over the last 24 hours and can not find the cause... oh well all part of learning)

onefish2fish 08-24-2010 08:22 PM

i was going to say just move something else around the house to where this tank was going to go and put the tank there.

aunt kymmie 08-24-2010 10:20 PM

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Originally Posted by onefish2fish (Post 454933)
i was going to say just move something else around the house to where this tank was going to go and put the tank there.

Ditto, or you can just do what I did. Bust out a wall. It helps to have your very own special talented DIY guy around. I'm very lucky that way!


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