Is this a terrible idea?

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I have a plan to have a shallow reef tank, ideally around 5feet wide, 2feet front to back and 10-18" deep.  But I can't seem to find anything similar for sale anywhere, and my budget does not stretch to custom building it (unless someone can point me at a much cheaper glass supplier than I have been finding!).

I have however seen lots of much taller tanks...

...you may see where I'm going with this!

Is it a terrible idea to pick up a second hand taller 5' tank, cut the silicon, disassemble it, cut the glass down, and rebuild it with new silicon?  Or are there any other suggestions on where to find what I am looking for?

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Reply #1

I have tried that before and tbh mate I really wouldn't recommend it.  Basically it's a total pain in the bristols trying to remove all the silicone off the old glass (if you don't the new silicone won't stick properly).  Secondly cutting glass neatly is difficult.  You will see youtube videos of people easily and simply scoring then snapping it cleanly.  When I tried this the edges were all wobbly and I cracked a couple of panes.  Guess I hadn't scored it perfectly across the entire pane so it followed a weakspot in the glass rather than my score line.

I would be more inclined to price up the glass from a local supplier and then assemble it myself. THat way you know the glass will be clean and the edges cleanly cut.

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Reply #2

Also how much is your budget?

Prime Aquariums do 60″×24″×18″ for £300 (but it would make sense to but the marine version with drains already cut etc - £358).

https://primeaquariums.co.uk/standard/marine/

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Reply #3

Yer I'm beginning to think the same, my budget is basically £0 lol, so trying to get things second hand and cheap as possible where I can, for instance, I got a 3' tank to modify and use as a sump for £10 that just needed a clean. Though I know I'm going to have to spend more for the right thing for the tank itself, so I guess it's time to start saving up. Thanks for your advise!

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Reply #4

You're better off waiting for a shop to shut down or renovate, or someone else that has a coral frag tank to give it up or upgrade.

Are you going to use it as something to look at, or just for growing and selling? If the second, you can just partially fill a taller tank.
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Reply #5

It's for looking at so the taller tank will look a bit odd. Fingers crossed something turns up that fits the bill, otherwise I may have to adapt my plans a little...

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Reply #6

May have to be less specific with the size. There are loads of tanks out there. How about:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4ft-Fish-Tank-With-Stand/352628119453?hash=item521a46179d:g:P2QAAOSwOwNcm1yt&frcectupt=true
Or does it have to be those measurements?
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Reply #9

Sadly I don't think I'm going to be able to get that far (189 miles according to eBay) and fit it in my mx5. More locally I can likely convince my dad to help out, but don't think he'll be keen on that journey. Thanks for your help though!

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