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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-04-2017, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing Panel on Aquarium

Does anyone have any experience replacing panels on tanks? I bought a CAD Lights 42 yesterday and chipped a panel during the move. The chip is just at the top of the tank, but I am worried about the possibility of it cracking further and making a mess. Have any of you all replaced a panel before?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-04-2017, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Here are pictures of the chip/crack. Does anyone think it would be okay with the chip?
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Looks minor to me. If I were in your shoes I would chance it and keep an eye on it once it's up and running. You could always just fill with test water and let it set for several days before setting up. Good luck and I look forward to seeing your progress.
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Looks minor to me. If I were in your shoes I would chance it and keep an eye on it once it's up and running. You could always just fill with test water and let it set for several days before setting up. Good luck and I look forward to seeing your progress.
I honestly would trust the crack more than me replacing the panel. I am going to get parts and pieces here and there for this build. I really want a 30-32" tank, and the only manufactured tanks I could find are the SC Aquariums 66, or this tank.
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It doesn't look as bad or in the most detrimental place... how did it happen though a drop or just a bump... that could be the deciding factor... real bummer though
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Unloading it out of the car. I barely bumped the sump on the tank. I honestly was completely shocked it did anything. Must have hit it just right.
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I had a 70-gal for 20+ years with a conchoidal chip similar or worse than than one, about half way up one edge. Never caused any problem. An evenly-supported stand is what matters most.
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That makes me feel better. The corner of the sump is unfinished so it’s pretty damn sharp. I honestly think if I bumped it with anything else I wouldn’t have a crack. I am going to roll with it. Maybe look into building my own stand, the one that came with it doesn’t seem to be anything special.
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Smooth off the sharp edges with a knife-sharpening stone; keep it wet while working. I cut glass for aquarium tops outside on the edge of my plastic rain barrel, and keep dunking the stone in the barrel to keep it wet.
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Smooth off the sharp edges with a knife-sharpening stone; keep it wet while working. I cut glass for aquarium tops outside on the edge of my plastic rain barrel, and keep dunking the stone in the barrel to keep it wet.
It's smooth as is so I think I am just going to leave it be.
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