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Old 06-08-2011, 03:42 AM   #31
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so a 55 without the top or both frame wouldnt be safe?
i got a 55 sittin without the top frame, holding water for 5 months now without any problem. the stand the tank was on was a DIY that wasnt so level. never have a problem.

im thinking of selling the 55, if it safe without the top frame i might just keep it.

Sorry for hijacking. back to ur topic.

Do take pic of the patch, It might help noobie like me patch my tank in the future.
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Old 06-08-2011, 11:53 AM   #32
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You have been a big help. What kind of styro do I need to use? I.e., if I walk into Lowes/Home Depot and someone asks me what I'm looking for?
my preference is for the white styro. It is inexpensive and comes in 2' widths. I use 3/4 but you could go to 1". If you are going to styro, it allows another possibility, and that is to add a patch on the outside of the bottom as well as the inside. This would necessitate creating a relief for the outside patch by either using a layer of styro the thickness of the glass or making a cutout for it. The cutout might be problematic, but if the base of the tank is supported, there should be no issue; the patch will be providing a seal rather than becoming an important part of the structural integrity of the tank. If you add in this patch you should really reseal the entire inside of the tank so you have a new unbroken seal. Sounds like a lot of work, but a 180 is a serious tank, that isn't cheap to replace. If you could find the build of the 16' tank with the 3 (or 2) bottom pieces you would probably feel more comfortable doing this. With your situation of where the tanks are I wouldn't even give it a second thought. It never ceases to amaze me how cavalier some people are with others money. Personally I would not let this tank go and would welcome the acquisition of a tank in that condition, and I would fix it. Still, to each their own. Almost all of my tanks were purchased as leakers, and I am thankful for these people that have too much money. Good luck with the project.
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Old 06-08-2011, 03:51 PM   #33
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my preference is for the white styro. It is inexpensive and comes in 2' widths. I use 3/4 but you could go to 1".
Is it the stuff that is used for insulation in houses...? I just want to make sure I get the right thing, I definitely don't want to count on some random employee at a big box store lol.

Which of these (or neither)? Links:
Shop Perma "R" Products 3/4" x 4' x 1' Panel Foam Insulated Sheathing at Lowes.com
Shop Dow 1/2" x 4' x 8' Extruded Polystyrene Insulated Sheathing at Lowes.com
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It is the same material used to insulate houses. You could use either the coloured, which is much harder and more rigid than the cheaper to buy white or the white. I prefer the white and have found that even with rimmed tanks there is very little depression from the weight.
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So I have ordered the glass for the patch and prepped the tank for the reseal. I have decided to replace the plywood that will be acting as the support for the patched glass. I had three 2' x 2' sections across the top before that have since bowed (and actually may have caused the crack). Any recommendation on the thickness and kind of wood to use? I was thinking of getting a 4 x 8 sheet of 1/2 in "blondewood" plywood from lowes. Anyone have an opinion on the stuff? Also, could I get away with 1/4"? I have 2" x 4" supports every 2 feet running across the top of the stand.
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Not sure that anyone cares about this thread anymore lol, but the update is that I ended up buying a nice piece of 3/4" ply, the white styro, and picked up the glass on my lunch yesterday.

After work I tweaked the stand a little bit to make sure it was 100% level, and now have the tank sitting on the styro/plywood. Siliconed in the new patch (it is 3/8" plate glass, I got a 22.25" by 16" piece and it cost $25 if anyone was wondering) and now I'm letting it all cure. I'm going out of town until Sunday, so I'm just gonna let it sit for that time before doing any kind of water test.
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Very kool good luck Iam resealing my tank now and was wondering if I need a huge thick bead or a nice clean bead spread evenly?
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Very kool good luck Iam resealing my tank now and was wondering if I need a huge thick bead or a nice clean bead spread evenly?
Nice clean bead. It does not have to be huge and a huge bead is more difficult to smooth evenly. The seal is just insurance against leakage through any voids there may be in the butt joints. It doesn't really add to the structural integrity of the tank.
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Ok, so I filled the tank late last night when I got back into town... and she's holding water!! Lol, now I'll sit back and wait to make sure it will hold up before putting any fish back in there.

Thanks for all the help, I may take a picture of the patch tonight if I think about it.
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