Originally Posted by thras
I would get a new tank or fix the bottom the right way by replacing the whole glass u don't want to come home to 180 GALLONS of water on your floor and all your fish dead do u if u do use a patch you must think about this it is more unstable than the original and if u had a problem before and don't find and fix it next time u may not be so lucky
I'd love to, but this is just not cost effective for me at this time. I understand what you are saying though. I have a couple of things working to my advantage: 1) My tanks all sit in my garage (heated in winters), so I'm not worried about possible floor damage, all water would run right down into the drain in the middle of the floor. 2) I have all the fish safely relocated right now, and they can stay in their temporary 55 for a few months without being cramped. I will leave the tank filled with water for at least a month after the patch for testing. Any leaks or anything and the fish don't go in.
I think that a patch is a feasible option if there is substantial support underneath the glass from the stand w/the styrofoam buffer, and I'm going to attempt it. Will I ever have 100% peace of mind while there are fish in it? Probably not. But the ocell and mono peacock bass will eventually outgrow it anyway and I'll sell it as a reptile tank when it's time to upgrade to a "big time" tank. Just need it to last me a little while until I can afford larger. If I get any leaks or additional cracks then the thing is either sold as a reptile tank sooner than intended or just scrapped.