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Old 03-02-2010, 06:39 PM   #11
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if the bottom of the tank is just cracked, and you cant afford another tank, you could always get a piece of glass or plexi and put over the bottom piece, silicone it in with like 10 times what you would normally use, and it should be fine... thats how alot of people repair their bottom glass
I've read about people doing that and I guess I just don't agree with the repair method if the glass is cracked under it. My logic is if the glass underneath is weakened and compromised, the load from the glass placed above it will cause it to eventually crack further and maybe even break. If that happens and the glass that is placed on top of it is not rated to support that kind of weight, it may fail and break also causing a megaflood.

Think about it like this, if you have a cracked 1/2in floor board, and just staple a new 1/4 board over it, it may hold for a while but the flexing from the new board will cause the old board to flex and break further, eventually giving way. Then that 1/4 board isn't going to be able support the weight so it will fail too.
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but you have a brace that goes all the way around the tank and one in the middle... there is nowhere for it to go. if there wasnt a support, then i would agree
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:09 PM   #13
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but you have a brace that goes all the way around the tank and one in the middle... there is nowhere for it to go. if there wasnt a support, then i would agree
You have a point mfd, if there is a sturdy supporting bracing system, then it should be ok. I may have to revise my opinion on the repair in some situations.

In his case, that may have been part of the issue. After 23 years, maybe the integrity of his braces failed causing the crack. If it's one thing I've learned doing construction, is that nothing breaks for no apparent reason. There has to be a cause, whether it be metal fatigue, stress fractures, or something. In his situation where it just happened without any movement, it could be a sign of other more serious issues that we don't know about.

IDK, maybe I'm just thinking to construction minded with this type of repair lol.
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thats where a nice thick sheet of plexi comes in handy... it would easily give if the bracing is sagging or something of that sort... and the silicone would bond enough to seal it up since there would only be downward pressure on it... but a new tank would be better, funding being a big factor there
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new tank = cheap then fixed tank and replacing a floor from a flood not counting the things in the tank
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new tank = cheap then fixed tank and replacing a floor from a flood not counting the things in the tank
my thoughts exactly, thats why i decided to go with a new tank from glasscages.
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my thoughts exactly, thats why i decided to go with a new tank from glasscages.
I have been thinking about ordering a tank from there. you you please let us know how the quality and the workmanship is. what kind of overflows are you going with...
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I have been thinking about ordering a tank from there. you you please let us know how the quality and the workmanship is. what kind of overflows are you going with...
im goin with one overflow with two 1 1/2" drains, im getting the overflow covered w black acrylic
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