I buy the best I can find, and there are a number of truly quality silicones out there, made specifically for aquarium use. And what specifically should I use if I need to seal the crack first and then adhere the other piece. After the area where the leak is occurring can be clearly seen- both, if possible, where the water is going into the silicone from the inside and where it is coming out on the outside, thoroughly dry the area around the leak, and clean any glass nearby. With corners I will cut under the sealant from every angle, then pull out the plug of sealant from the corner with a pair of needlenose pliars. I was planning on running the tank bare-bottom, if that changes anything. Also, if it's a smaller mass produced stock tank, it's probably cheaper to just replace it anyway, assuming you're still interested in aquariums after tens to hundreds of gallons of water wound up on your floor.
It is on the inside of the tank as if there was a chip on the side that was not noticed when dry. No part of the seal appears to have been damaged, and the shard is completely below the seal. If I do have to remove any sealant can it be only the sealant on the rear side of the tank where the crack is? Is that the bottom of the tank? The tank has been holding water since Saturday morning and still no signs of cracks of any kind. This is the wrong way. I bought a 150 gallon oceanic reef ready tank from craigslist after having my apartment inspected for load bearing capacity.
Then, in stages- I will generally do the bottom first and then the sides, use a finger to smooth out the silicone into each seam. There is many ways to use the utility style razor blades. I've attached several photos of the tank and chipped area from several angles. I will sometimes use a hand vacuum to remove every last bit of silicone dust from the work done. For the cracked driftwood, I figure some sort of aquarium safe epoxy sealant may work. So to sum it up, to repair cracked fish tank, get some aquarium safe silicon, get some acrylic, cut the acrylic, apply tons of sealant and put the acrylic on there.
Should I call them and ask? If you try to remove the excess that may squeeze out around the frame or glass before curing it will smear. Step 2 Siphon out enough tank water that you can get to the scratch, if it's on the interior, and relocate your fish to a secondary holding tank. Can I do some kind of repair without replacing the pane? If I were to set this tank up, should I replace the corner of trim with something so that the corner is sitting on top of something of equal height to the rest of the tank? Use masking tape to secure the plastic against the sides of the tank. After some reading, I decided to patch it with a piece of tempered glass and monitor for expansion. Read the entire post on. A new chip inside the bottom glass has started to grow right along the silicone seal between the bottom pane and the side pane.
Still I wanted to err on the side of caution and consult the experts. I had chemicals and boxes and what functioned as kindling at the bottom to get the fire going. The crack is at the back top corner of the aquarium so there is no pressure on it from the water really right now we've got the water level kept below the crack. If there is still a real risk of catastrophic failure I will get a new tank built, but it seems like a waste of what is a lovely piece of work otherwise. The damage is more like a shard missing from the back edge of the bottom piece.
Let dry for 24-48 hrs. I was thinking of patching it with silicone seal. I'm somewhat relieved that the tank isn't cracked, but still concerned, and as I will have to pay for the tempered glass I ordered regardless of whether I still need it or not, I was curious what your thoughts were on this scratch. Depending on how big the tank is and where it is, a failure like that can cause tens of thousands of dollars or even much more in property damage, as it is likely that the entire volume of the tank will rapidly end up on the floor. I just bought one for 30 dollars Canadian brand spanking new. Will this chip affect the structural integrity of the tank? Thanks again for your help.
The chip is on the outside and at the edge of the bottom pane where it meets the back wall and touches the silicone. I just picked up a used 3ft X 1. B Re: salvage chipped aquariums? If I run my finder over this area it will not cut me. I've done it to a 45g cube. Long story short new glass is a drop in the bucket to a destroyed house and dead livestock. A few months ago I bought a beautiful new starphire tank.
I've cut this away to expose a section of the bottom, side and back panels. My other issue was with a 180 that did 25k of damage to main level and finished basement. But if often works, sometimes permanently if not for just awhile, and it is far easier. Unfortunately, communication between myself and the seller left something to be desired. You will need to do the entire tank as the silicone will not stick to itself.
Chipped glass repairs are simple; long cracks are difficult to seal and to contain. I know the lid will still fit. Looking back, I probably should have replaced all of the sealant when the tank was given to me just to be safe, but didn't. It is not a normal crack, so please take a look at the pictures. I was setting up a frag tank project which got put on hold for a while but now I'm that I'm back onto the project I've only just noticed how poorly made they are. However, some of them have an extremely offensive smell. I did use Silicone to fix and it worked, no problem what so ever.