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Old 05-13-2014, 09:06 AM   #1
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Hello. My 90 gallon bow front is leaking from the bottom seal. I need to know what a good sealer or caulk would be aquarium safe because I know that the regular kind is toxic. Also, will I need to empty the tank completely to seal the inside?
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:10 AM   #2
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Hello. My 90 gallon bow front is leaking from the bottom seal. I need to know what a good sealer or caulk would be aquarium safe because I know that the regular kind is toxic. Also, will I need to empty the tank completely to seal the inside?
bummer.. Use GE brand 100% silicone, no additives for mold or mildew.. Unfortunately you will need to empty the tank, scrape the old silicone out and prep area with alcohol for proper adhesion.. It's no small task..
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bummer.. Use GE brand 100% silicone, no additives for mold or mildew.. Unfortunately you will need to empty the tank, scrape the old silicone out and prep area with alcohol for proper adhesion.. It's no small task..

Where do you get the silicone? Would it say "no additives for mold or mildew?"
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If you're in the us? Any home goods store. It's the ge 1 read the label and it will list additives.. They all say "not suitable for aquarium use".. Not to worry, lots of us have used it successfully..
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Thank you so much. I will look for some.
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They should sell it at places like PetSmart or Petco and I would imagine any good LFS should have it too.
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They should sell it at places like PetSmart or Petco and I would imagine any good LFS should have it too.
they do but it's 3 times the price.. $5 compared to $16
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You will not only have to empty the tank to reseal it, you also need to give it 48 hours of dry time minimum before you reassemble it. If you do it sooner, you can lose your aquarium livestock due to chemical leaching, regardless of the type of silicone you use. Additionally, if it is in fact leaking around the seals, and not the result of a crack or fracture, you will need to remove the old silicone in order to reseal, as simply placing new silicone over the old typically does not fix the problem. Good luck.
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Thank you. I am currently moving all of the livestock and live rock to a spare 55. Will the sand be fine in a 5 gallon bucket without heat and water circulation during the 48 hours? My house stays around 75-78 degrees.
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as long as the sand has water over the surface not allowing air it should be fine

is this a new tank ? if so it may be under warranty ,you can get a new tank
rather than fixing it cause it probably will leak again somewhere else
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