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Old 03-02-2010, 12:46 PM   #1
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tank leaking on bottom panel

well yesterday i woke up to the bottom panel of glass on my tank leaking. not just a few drips a second either, like totally leaking, i think the glass cracked. so i took it all apart and i have my sailfin tang, sixline wrasse and a few damsels in my 10 gallon QT with my 4 pieces of coral. my LR is in the garbage can i mix SW in. i am completely lost here. im obviously going to have to get a new tank. i dont think it would be worth removing all the silicone and then putting it back together. the tank was made in april of 1987 wich makes it a month older than me. i dont know what to do. help?
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If you can find the individual leak, you can just reseal it. But, as with any band-aid fix, it just fixes that little problem and is probably only a matter of time before another leak pops. I think your tank is telling you that it needs a re-seal, after 23 years of service, that would probably be your best bet and then you would have piece of mind that all your seals are fine and good for another 20 year service.

You probably don't need to rip the whole tank apart, just remove the inner silicone with the tool to rip out seals from your bathroom, then reseal it. The whole cost of silicone and tool would probably be only $10-$20.

However, if your glass is cracked, that will compromise the integrity of the tank and then you'd be safe in assuming you need a new tank.
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If you can find the individual leak, you can just reseal it. But, as with any band-aid fix, it just fixes that little problem and is probably only a matter of time before another leak pops. I think your tank is telling you that it needs a re-seal, after 23 years of service, that would probably be your best bet and then you would have piece of mind that all your seals are fine and good for another 20 year service.
there is a crack on the bottom panel though, can i fill the crack with silicone and have it be fine?
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there is a crack on the bottom panel though, can i fill the crack with silicone and have it be fine?
Oh a crack on the bottom? No, that's not repairable afaik. The bottom is the most important part and if its cracking, its time to put the tank out of commision.
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Oh a crack on the bottom? No, that's not repairable afaik. The bottom is the most important part and if its cracking, its time to put the tank out of commision.
thats what i figured. it was a 48"x18.5"x33" tall 125 gal. i would like to get another tank that is 48" wide because thats the size of my light fixture. building a new stand isnt a problem. i dont know where i could find another similar sized 125. glasscages has 150's in 48 x 24 x 31 and 48 x 30 x 25.
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Maybe in the meantime, get a larger QT tank. NO, I'm not bashing about tangs in small tank. I know it's just a QT tank and for emergency purposes, but you're gonna have to change water may like 5x a day (just kidding), to keep ammonia at bay. Maybe a 29? Same footprint as a 20.

Looks like you're gonna be a while getting the main tank replaced or repaired.

You got a powerhead on that rock, right? Gonna have to drop som fish food in there ever coupe days or so to.
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Maybe in the meantime, get a larger QT tank. NO, I'm not bashing about tangs in small tank. I know it's just a QT tank and for emergency purposes, but you're gonna have to change water may like 5x a day (just kidding), to keep ammonia at bay. Maybe a 29? Same footprint as a 20.

Looks like you're gonna be a while getting the main tank replaced or repaired.

You got a powerhead on that rock, right? Gonna have to drop som fish food in there ever coupe days or so to.

well if im going to be getting a new tank i cant really afford a bigger QT, maybe ill put something in my sump with a hob filter.

yea i got a powerhead on the rock, how often should i change the water?
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Monitor the water to check for any ammonia. If none, I'd prolly not worry about it for 2-3 weeks. Nothing scientific in my assessment there. Just my gut tells me that if the ammonia stays at zero, maybe no need to change it.
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If you end up getting a new tank I'll take the old one I'll even bring you a 29 gallon QT tank for the trouble.
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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
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