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Old 03-04-2009, 01:17 AM   #1
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Is my tank going to fall apart?

I recently aquired a 55 gal with stand for free since the back glass was broken and sitting in his garage for about 3 years.

My dilemma is that the glass place here in town only has 1/4" glass and tha tank has 5/16" and the only aquarium safe silicone that I found has the limitations stating that it is only good up to a 30 gal tank and no deeper than 18".( my tank is 20" deep )

Am I setting myself up for a big mess on my floor or will this be ok?
I'm more concerned with the 1/4" glass not holding up cause I figure that the silicone just has general warning, or am I wrong?

I wanted to ask the pros on here before I started to put it back together.
The glass was only $22 but I dont know where else to find any 5/16" thick nearby.

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Old 03-04-2009, 01:26 AM   #2
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It looks like the top rim is broken, that has to be repaired. The glass I don't think will be thick enough that is a lot of pressure pushing against the glass. I don't know if I have ever seen any silicon with that warning on it. I wouldn't risk it. That is a lot of water to clean up if it doesn't hold!
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:36 AM   #3
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i'd say that the stand is totally worth paying 50 bucks for a tank on craigslist. that seems like a risky endeavor. maybe for a vivarium?
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Old 03-04-2009, 02:40 AM   #4
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i would say try it but try to find thicker glass first you could always order some pre cut offline and still come out cheaper than a new tank same with silicone just try it out first in your garage or oustide so it wont hurt you flooring let it sit filled up and some water current in it until you think its safe to put it inside
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:18 AM   #5
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Glass isn't exact thickness anymore. Some of it is even metric, i.e. MM's. They overengineer these tanks like crazy. I'd put a 6" wide top brace in the middle like some tanks in the store have....edit..I see it already has one, so never mind......

Your main issue is getting all the old silicone off. Then where the joints are is going to have to be SQUEAKY clean. Use acetone.

As far as the silicone goes, look for GE 1200 construction grade...( http://www.dkhardware.com/product-29571-scs1201-clear-ge-1200-construction-silicone-sealant.html ).....you'll be fine.............z

PS. Once you get the glass glued in, pour a little water in the bottom...1/4 inch deep. Use tape to hold the glass after you glue it. Silicone cures with moisture. Wait about 2 weeks before you fill it.........z
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I'd recoat all the existing seams as well.... you ever see that info mercial for that silicone spreader. ... caulk pro or something.... Found it: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...e0819_92496-20 ....z
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:40 AM   #7
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Thanks zardiw, I will try that silicone.
I have decided to give the glass a shot but I will be putting it on the side of the house and filling, and adding some powerheads. That way the worst that will happen is for the glass to fall out again and water my lawn, then I'm out 22 bucks for the glass and have to try again.
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Here's some inspiration: Aquarium Project, DIY, Build, Aquarium, Freshwater, Tropical, Fish, Tutorial, fish keeping, how to, tropical fish, how to build an aquarium, aquarium building, Ron Paul for President .........z
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LOL... I love that site, and the 'automatic fish feeder' aka bug zapper... lol!!
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Thanks..Should have more pics up on the redone filter soon.......z
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