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Old 11-20-2011, 01:46 AM   #1
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Help with resealing tank

I resealed my 55 gallon tank as explained in some YouTube videos. The end result looked professionally done. Held water for about 20 minutes or so and then water began to gush out of one side of the tank. My question is do I remove all the silicone and start all over or can I silicone on top of the 3 day old silicone?
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:00 PM   #2
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You have to start all over again. I learned that the hard way
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:37 PM   #3
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Great, did you use painters tape on yours? I heard using painters tape to make a straight line could be the reason for the leak.
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:05 PM   #4
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I used tape an inch away from the seam. Clean old silicone with razor and wipe up real good with mineral spirits to remove the silicone oil. Wash tank very well and allow to dry for a few days. Now, silicone your tank and press into joints real good. Most ppl will say let dry for 72 hours FALSE!!!! You need to silicone a little thick and dry AT LEAST A WEEK
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Thanks, I will give it another shot.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:08 PM   #6
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Ok, so I took off all the old silicone but took too much off and now one of the sides is completely detached. Can I put dots of superglue to attach them back together or do I just silicone the inside and outside of the tank? Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:32 PM   #7
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if you took the seal off of the corners and the glass detached there was no silicone put between the panes before it was assembled or did you cut right thru to the outside of the tank.
at this point i would break the whole tank down and resilicone it.
no worries in the future
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As rusty said, the tank needs to be broken down and rebuilt. The fact that it came apart that easily, explains why it was leaking. You probably averted disaster by having this happen now, rather than after it was set up.
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Any good how to video on this?
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There should be a video on Youtube.
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