Removing silicone from tank

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  1. Lorri

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    Help!!! Please!!! Just got a 2.4m tank and need to remove a cracked pane of glass. What is the best way of removing the silicone so we can replace the glass?
     
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    try a thin piece of wire or gut which ever you use it needs to be thin and strong.then use two sticks as handles so that you dont cut your fingers and slide the wire between the two pieces of silicone bonded glass.after you have done this to all three sides you can then remove the panel and clean all the left over silicone out with a blade or window scraper
     
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    Thank you Falcon, have tried this and it seems to be working.
     
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    Nice one, I was wondering how to remove a pannel - I will definately put this one in my "think tank" as a how to for future refernce. Thanks
     
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    no problem guys just shout anytime you need help.:)
     
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    Agh man.... did a light bulb just go off in my head. Falcon TOP ADVISE! If I had only known that a few months ago when I modified my overflow. Separating panes with a blade, not an easy tank!
     
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    lol or you could just be like me and not take my advice by just taking a 4 pound hammer and smash it then pry of the broken shards...seriously i sometimes do this if its any old tank but an expensive tank needs care:p
     
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    I got 80% the way in with a razor blade and a dripping face before anything got broken but it happened in the end.
    Seriously, What was I going to use a 200 x 70 piece of glass for and wsa it worth all the damn effort to remove it. Hell No! But I've realised that I need to mod my overflow again so your new method will go a long way to keeping my sane ;)
     
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