So today when moving the BC29 from my daughters room I bumped a door knob on the way out and cracked the back of the BC 29... Ooopsie
Well the long and short of it is I wasn't terribly upset. I had long wanted to de-rim and rip apart this tank so here is my chance.. LOL
Starting the de-rimming process
Few shots after taking off the entire top rim.. very apparent now where the crack was ..LOL
I removed the side panels as well.. none of this is going back on.
I was quite surprised at just how crappy this tank actually is. The back glass had HUGE fills if silicone.
Both sides same story. It was easy to cut through though.. insert razor blade and pull it through. The only part that did not come off well was the very bottom since I don’t want to take off the bottom plastic I kinda had to chip the glass from within the plastic. Not terribly difficult but it was quite nerve racking since I really didn’t want to break the bottom glass or the side.. If I had this would be a total loss.
The edges of the front glass are beveled at the top. Which makes removing the silicone difficult.. so I started sanding it off.
That is when I found this:
the top glass was chipped then silicone and the top rim spread over it. Not a huge deal its just another sign of the quality we cant see.
I did chip the side glass myself. I'll try to get a pic of it soon. Its more like the glass flaked right at the back edge.. this tank will be water tested for a good long time before I bring it in the house I want to be sure the glass will all hold once replaced.
Its proving hard to get all the old silicone from the back edge of the glass
Will this be ok to bond over?.. I am going to reseal the entire thing with black silicone so not worries about a color difference, just its bonded strength. These back edges are angled and wavy from the factory, but I don’t want to sand to much on them because I cant sand below the plastic bottom rim.
And finally the FTS.. well ¾ since its missing a panel of glass..LOL
So on to what am I gonna do with this tank...
This tank is going to go to one of the following 2 purposes:
1) Gold stripped Maroon Clown Pair
2) 3 seahorse setup (2 male 1 Female)
Feel free to chime in your favorite option... I'll get more into the builds after I make my mind up which way I want to go.
There is a little more work to do cleaning up old silicone and getting the glass.. drilling it.. installing etc.
So what do you all think?
Edited by Degener8, 29 March 2012 - 08:34 AM.