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How to Remove Trim from Aquarium

If you’re looking to remove the trim (sometimes called rim) from your aquarium, it’s important to learn how to do it properly. You should note that trying to remove the trim while keeping it intact will take a lot more precision than if you are removing it to discard it. If you’re removing the trim and preserving it to repurpose, understand that you’ll have to put much more time and effort into removal.

In this article, we’ll explore various tools that are recommended for removing aquarium trim. Additionally, you’ll find a comprehensive review of various methods to remove the trim depending on your tool of choice. 

Tools you will need to remove trim from aquarium

There are two main tools to choose from when it comes to removing the trim from an aquarium: a blade or a scraper. Both are good choices that can be effective tools for removing trim. We’ll go into the specifics of each below. 

Any blade will work, but the thinner the better. I have found the most success by using a thin blade such as a box cutter.

Thin blades will allow you to be precise and get close to the aquarium glass walls without having to apply enough pressure to damage them. Additionally, blades that are extendable are ideal. However, most blades will be suitable for fish aquarium tank removal, so don’t worry too much if you don’t have the perfect one. 

If you don’t want to use a blade, you may opt for a scraper. A paint scraper or anything resembling it is a good choice for removing fish aquarium trim. However, it is important to be very careful when using a paint scraper. Because you’ll be applying more pressure than you would be with a blade, make sure to remove the trim slowly and precisely. Otherwise, you may risk scratching or cracking your aquarium walls. 

How to remove trim from aquarium

The easiest method of removing trim is to section it into smaller pieces. If you split the trim perpendicularly before attempting to remove it, you’ll find it much more manageable.

Regardless of the tool you are using, sectioning it off into smaller pieces is a good idea. 

If you’re using a blade, it is easiest to run it underneath the trim to begin to separate it from the walls of the tank. Make sure to do this slowly and gently, as you don’t want to apply too much pressure to the tank.

After you’ve separated part of the underneath of the trim from the tank, you can pull up on the trim to remove the rest of it. This is where sectioning is particularly important. It will be much easier to pull up on smaller pieces of the trim than trying to do the entire thing at once. 

If you’re using a scraper, push it underneath the bottom of the trim and upwards to separate the trim from the sides of the aquarium. As noted in the previous section, scrapers require more pressure.

Therefore, it is important to be very precise and gentle when you can. Unlike with a blade, you should separate the entire trim with the scraper. Cutting the trim into pieces approximately the size of the scraper is recommended. Go along the trim and remove it piece by piece by putting the scraper underneath it and pushing it up until the seal breaks. 

If you are more of a visual learner, you should check out this video below to learn how to remove the trim on your aquarium.

Why you should remove the trim of your aquarium?

Most of the time, people remove the trim or rim of an aquarium for aesthetic reasons. This is definitely true when aquariums come with large, bulky trims that ruin the look of the aquarium.

Final Thoughts 

Removing the trim from a fish aquarium can seem like quite a daunting task. However, it is relatively simple if you have the right tools and use the right method. It is important not to rush trim removal.

Damaging the integrity of the aquarium is the riskiest part of removing trim. Since trim lies very close to the surface of the fish aquarium, it’s essential to do it correctly so you don’t scratch the sides.

If you take your time, section the rim beforehand, and use your tools precisely and correctly, removing trim is an easy job!  Whether you decide to use a blade or scraper and follow the corresponding technique, you should be able to remove the trim with little hassle. And, your aquarium will come out unscathed! The most important thing is patience.