Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > DIY Projects
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-10-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Manchester UK
Posts: 3
Help please!! aquarium issue

I brought a rectangle tank and fitted a piece of glass diagnolly accross to create a beach for my crabs, at the very top a leak has formed, its very slow but causing condensation under the tank making it look pretty [moderator edit].any tips or advise? Even if i empty the tank and reseal it how would i get the water out easily? An unusual problem but anyone had any similar issues?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG00189-20101111-0050.jpg
Views:	66
Size:	58.0 KB
ID:	26001   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG00192-20101111-0050.jpg
Views:	60
Size:	65.9 KB
ID:	26002  

__________________

__________________
fharts2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 09:11 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mudraker's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Alaska
Posts: 1,652
Did the tank have any guarantee when you got it? Many brands, such as All Glass come with a one or more year warranty.
__________________

__________________
mudraker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 09:12 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Manchester UK
Posts: 3
its not the tank thats leaking its my DIY beach thats leaking, so its not going to be covered
__________________
fharts2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 09:29 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mudraker's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Alaska
Posts: 1,652
Good, I'm glad it isn't the tank leaking.

I'm very interested in your tank as we are in the planning process of setting up a brackish crabitat and are looking at many different options for a beach area. The pitfalls of various plans, like yours, are what I hope to avoid!
__________________
mudraker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 09:38 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
SeverumGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Aiken, SC
Posts: 387
I take it that the glass is snug agains the sides of the tank. Your best bet is to get some aquarium silicone and remove everything out of the tank. Silicone all the edges of the shelf so no water could think about leaking in. You'll have to wait at least 24-48 hours for it to dry though. Thats really your best bet for it not to leak. Good luck.
__________________
SeverumGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 10:05 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Whitestone, Queens, NY
Posts: 592
i dont think its a leak... can you actually see water other then the condensation? if it is completely sealed and temperature changes will cause condensation. think of a glass of ice water in the summer... the glass isnt leaking its the temperature differences that is causing the condensation.
__________________
"Never argue with a idiot, they will drag you down to there level then beat you with experience." "One never needs their humor as much a when they argue with a fool."
Andrewz00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 10:14 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 297
+1 on Andrew's post.

I think the only thing you could do is figure out how you can get air moving in there, or fill it up with gravel or something to hide it. If you could get air moving you won't get any condensation, but with gravel you won't see it as much.
__________________
th08tu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 10:44 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Deep Seven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Van. Isl., BC Canada
Posts: 1,854
Not sure how feasible it is for you, but I'd suggest drilling a hole in the ramp near the top of the slope close to the back, and seal a pipe in the hole so the space can breath, then hide the pipe sticking up with decorations.
__________________
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing" A. Einstein
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
"We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough." Helen Keller
Deep Seven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 12:39 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BigJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Oak Forest, IL
Posts: 4,388
Interesting design. I'm not sure I would trust that piece of glass without some kind of support below it, but I tend to overbuild things. Maybe you could fill the volume beneath the beach with sand. It wouldn't solve the condensation issue, but it would hide it and support the glass at the same time.
__________________
BigJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2010, 06:28 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Manchester UK
Posts: 3
I did use aquarium silicon orginaly, but i may empty, dry it, remove it and start again, that an interesting idea about letting it breath, il have a look at how i could sort that out, but i am pretty sure its a leak you can see a large globual of water and a tiny crack in the silicon, and i was so proud of my handwork as well, its lasted about 2 months!

the glass is actualy pretty thick and the load should be spread through the side walls, so hopefully structually it should be sound,

With filling the bottom with sand i did consider this, as well as hiding the water filter in their, but then you have issues with filter change and i use it to keep molly fry as well ( loads of places to hide and the crabs are far too slow to cath them) and i didnt want them getting sucked to irretrievable places.
__________________

__________________
fharts2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I seem to have another issue BiggDaddy Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 20 04-12-2008 11:15 PM
Marineland Aquarium Light Timer Issue. Ketso General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 5 02-18-2007 12:37 PM
December Issue of the Aquarium Advice Newsletter fishfreek Forum Admin & Announcements 2 12-10-2002 10:17 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.