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Old 12-31-2011, 02:08 PM   #1
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Urgently need advice - Large Tank Integrity?

I have a possible major issue!!!
I got given a 6ft x 1.5ft x3ft tank for free , I noticed when I picked it up it had a few small chips on the bottom edge of the tank not any think to worry about.

How ever having taken it of the van today. I noted more slightly bigger chips, some of which are a bit flakey. Along the back bottom edge and one of the corners which are a little bigger

Im extremely concerned over the integrity of the strength . The tank Holds 700 litre = 700 kg!!!!

However the tank is braced both top and bottom of the tank. Which kind of gives it a double layer of glass, at the bottom where the chips are. The glass is about 12 or 15mm thick.

So I could fill it outside see if it holds and bring it back in . but it might only hold for a month and then blow?

Does any one have experience of this? Is it repairable, and trust worthy? Can I use the resin for car windscreen repairs to fill the chips? Arrrrrrrgh what to do.

On the us side if it ain't worth fixing I can use this to house my bearded dragon so not all is lost. I just had dreams of colony of large frontosa in there!!!!!


Please help
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:26 PM   #2
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It's a beautiful size tank hopefully my pic show the damage ok, also the size and the bracing on the bottom, which is the same as on top, I tried to upload a pic but it failed.
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:09 PM   #3
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I would definitely test it. I'm not sure there is anyway to guess when if will break, if it does. I've read of people using industrial strength straps to add more strength, but I have never personally done this.

Honestly, I would just use it for the dragon. That's a lot of water and if it does break, you have to thinly about more than hit the tank to fix.
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:35 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice.
One Of the problems I have with testing is, for starters it takes 4 strong people to move it. (so massive pain )The second is even if I fill successfully not sure I can trust it long term. So unless someone can tell me a sure fired way of a guaranteed fix. Just gonna use it for the dragon!!!

Just nice to have someone tell me I'm doing the right thing. It looks so nice I just want to fill it, but would like it do much if it flooded my fish room!!!! Lol
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leak test it outside, but i don't think those chips will cause you any trouble.
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:31 PM   #6
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On the other hand you could be "that guy" that wakes up in the morning only to find 350 L of water on the floor and post it on youtube.

Id look into getting it repaired with resin to reinforce it.

The other possibility is to replace a pane of glass.

http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5815945_re...ium-epoxy.html

They talk about repairing chips with epoxy resin. I dont advocate any epoxy repairs but it might be enough to keep your tank safe.
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:26 PM   #7
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Tempered glass when chipped will create weak spots, like a car windscreen, and fixing will only be a short term result.
I personally wouldn't risk it.
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:22 PM   #8
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Its not worth the risk if its possibly going to damage expensive flooring or cause water damage to the home 700l is a large ammount of water.
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i personally wouldn't risk it they look deep like some ones said already chips risk the stability and 700litre of water is lot to swim in in the morning
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:04 PM   #10
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Thanks again for the advice, my reckless , impatient side says FILL IT!!!! My reasonable side says NO!!!! It's such a beautiful tank and would look so lovely with. Water and of course fish!!! But I guess it will look nice with the beaded dragon in unhappy face! Lol

Already looking out for a six foot tank second hand on eBay, gumtree and aquarist classified. If not I can get one custom built for £200.

Will keep you posted on whatever new tank I get!!
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