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Old 03-04-2011, 12:29 AM   #1
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Just picked up a 225 gallon tank for $100. Just needs to be resealed anyone with experience that can say what not to do been lookin on line doesn't seem to hard.
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It's really easy to do. Just spend extra time masking the tape and buy a $5 squeegee tool to help you get the consistency of the silicone thickness. Using rubbing alcohol is a must if you don't want it to stick to your fingers.
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Remember it stinks too do it outside if possible.
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I made two big mistakes when i resealed one. First, I didn't wear gloves. Silicone burns skin. Second, I was resealing a 55g tank which is 21" tall. Kind of hard to work without sticking your head right at the top of it. I had a major headache when I got done.

Don't forget that you need to remove all the silicone from the joint you're re-sealing. It won't stick well to existing silicone. A piece of relatively hard plastic square, with one corner rounded off makes a great tool to get a consistent bead.
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Crack in bottom of 69 gallon osaka tank

Today I have been asked if I was interested in buying a new 69 gallon fluval osaka tank, stand and lighting canopy for a really good price. One problem and this is the reason for the deal, there is a crack that runs from the right hand back corner for about 6 or 7 inches toward the centre and middle of the tank. Is this an easy fix or should I say no thanks? The last thing I want is a leaky tank.
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Mr Ray: Say no thanks. You will have to replace that glass.

Question on sealing: If I re-seal my 55g tank, do I have to remove each glass panel and get out the silicone or can I just get off the curved portion inside the tank? I need to re-seal but I don't want to take the whole thing apart because it doesn't leak, I just want to re-seal the stuff that is in the tank... hard to explain.
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No you don't have to remove the part that actually holds the glass together, just the bead on the inside that actually seals the glass. I know what you're saying.
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Thanks Smitty. No thanks it is....
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