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Old 05-08-2012, 11:25 AM   #1
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I'm look at a 40g breeder tank that is cracked. What questions should I ask and is this an easy fix? Or is this too risky for further cracking? Maybe I should just pass on this deal.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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if its a crack through the face of the glass, walk away. If its a chip along a corner, it can be workable.

Generally a crack eliminates all strength in glass. If it actually held water, it'd be a ticking timebomb.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:10 PM   #4
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alright.. I'm having a tough time finding a 40g breeder.. I would never consider a cracked tank, but I'm now getting desperate. The petco sale is never around when I need it!
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I don't know if you are going to take it or not, but I have a cracked 40 gallon that has a peice of glass over the crack held on my silicone. It holds water perfect. Its a regular 40 though, not a breeder.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:33 PM   #6
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Pass...Pass...Pass....

unless you plan to Replace the pane and Reseal the whole tank which is an option.

No matter how much Sealant/Silicone it will never be the same.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:41 PM   #7
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Oh ya, forgot to mention, that's my outside tank that I keep plants in. I don't really trust it enough to bring it in.
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Depending on the nature of the crack, a patch is often all that is needed. The local Big Al's has a 780 shark tank with a patched bottom. It has been holding water for years.
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Not sure that I would advocate it, but like Bill, I know of at least two tanks, one a 40B and one a 125 that had cracks patched with silicon and glass panes and they have both been holding water for years. Not something I personally would choose to do, but it is possible to do depending on the nature of the crack.
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:11 AM   #10
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I just got a used 40g breeder tank today! Its a real aquarium. Time to finish my sump this weekend
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