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Old 03-17-2011, 01:37 AM   #1
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Exclamation 260 gallon leak!!!

Checking the tanks this morning like usual and noticed a leak in our large tank! The front right seam is pooched I'm pretty sure. The water enters the tank near the top then dribbles down the whole length of the seam and exits near the bottom. We lowered the tank this morning so its no longer leaking. Should we remove the whole side panel? Is there any way of fixing the one seam without wrecking the other two? I'm thinking the whole end panel will need to be removed and resealed...this will be a huge job

Here is the seam that is leaking


Here is a close up of where it is leaking from (red circle)




as you can see the whole seem is filled with air. Here is how the other seam on the left side of the tank looks, notice how it has no air and is sealed tightly.


Here is the pond/bin that my parents picked up today to put the rock, sand, and fish in. Some fish might go into the sump too.



We plan on emptying the whole tank tomorrow, I'm hoping for zero fish losses. I will keep this posted and hopefully get more pics tomorrow.

Please let me know if anyone has any suggestions.
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:35 AM   #2
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I don't think you would need to remove the whole side panel. Just cut out the old silicone with a razor and throw some new stuff in there. Might cost you 9 bucks
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I have tried to reseal alot of tanks with no luck
Good luck to u
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:58 AM   #4
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I don't think you would need to remove the whole side panel. Just cut out the old silicone with a razor and throw some new stuff in there. Might cost you 9 bucks
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That's what I did with my 33g but with your tank I know it's different. I agree though of you not having to remove the whole panel and just replacing the silicone and let it cure for a couple of days or until you can't smell the silicone anymore. If you can still smell it, it's still curing. Good luck!
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I'd also try to just remove and replace that seal first before going to the trouble of fully taking the side panel off.
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As the others have said start by cutting the old silicone off. Make sure you start with just the seam and not the silicone that is sandwiched between the pieces of glass. Once you do that you will need to look really carefully to make sure the seal in between the glass is not in bad shape. If the seal between the glass looks like it is failing and isn't just some pin hole leak you are probably going to have to take the side panel off and i wouldn't recommend trying that repair your self. Especially not on a tank that size.
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:51 PM   #7
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So you guys are saying to just try to repair the inner seam?? Not the stuff in between the glass panels? The stuff in between the glass panels is failed for sure. The whole thing is just air, you can see into the crack on the side. There is a black piece of acrylic or something that is siliconed onto the glass and i think this is what is holding the tank together still.

Or are you guys saying to try to get the silicone out that is in between the glass panels and then try to squeeze some silicone in there?

I am definitely not doing this repair myself haha don't worry. Our LFS owner said he would come help, he built his own tank which is very similar to ours. I just want to get as much advice as possible to ensure we don't have any other problems.

Thanks a lot guys!

Also we had a blizzard yesterday night so it looks like im missing school for the day. Gives me and my brother a lot more time to get the tank emptied . Living out on an acreage has its perks!
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Oh and i noticed i said we were putting the sand rock and fish all in the one bin. This is incorrect, we also have another bin about half the size of that one that our LFS owner lent to us so we will be putting any base rock in that one and possibly the sand. (either that or the sand will be going in buckets)

Does the sand need to be in heated SW? Or will we have a lot of die off if we just keep in submerged in buckets with no heater?
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Following with interest. I've never had a seam issue.

If you have a good relationship with the LFS and have any fish you are more fond of, ask them about boarding.

Yep - I know! I couldn't believe it but the other day I went into a fish store I had never been in before and saw a sign on a tank saying "not for sale - these fish are boarding temporarily". It might cost you, but it also might save you losses.
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I'm not sure about the sand but as far as the seam, yeah I would cut out the corner then dig out as much as you can from the inner seam. Just be careful because it's tempered glass and that's where the weak spot is, on the edge! Hit the edge of that glass wrong and the panel will pop
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