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Old 01-23-2018, 06:37 PM   #1
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Resealed aquarium

So I resealed my leaking aquarium, just the four corners and bottom. I did not remove the trim and do underneath. It didn't turn out perfect looking but I beleive good. I just took it outside (50*f) from inside (70*f) and test filled it after about 48 hours. The water was cold. I thought I heard a slight creak with 1/4 full. After it was completely full I heard a semi loud/Not good sounding crack. So far no leaks tho but that sound has me worried about setting it back up. Any advice? I can't leave it outside, should I just set up anyway? I wonder if the temperature difference caused the sound?
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:11 PM   #2
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It's important IMO to know what made the sound. If that was the glass pieces rubbing on each other, that could be a disaster in the making. Since you only need to reseal from inside the tank, there is no need for you to remove the moldings. That said, it may have been the glass resettling into the molding that made the sound. Could it have also be what you set the tank up on to test?
Bottom line, if you are willing to have the tank fail where you set it up, you take the chance knowing you may have a mess to clean up.
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:03 AM   #3
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Well it is in a older mobile home so it would not be the best place for it to explode lol. But I left it outside on my stand, on the porch for 3 or 4 hours and it showed no signs of leak. I brought it in because it's 35 degrees outside now. From what I can see all looks good but that sound scares me. It is empty again. I think I'm gonna take my chances and fill it up, I'm a little nervous. I'm leaning toward the temperature change since the water was so cold or it setting in place from the pressure. Any further comments or advice appreciated thanks!
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Well it is in a older mobile home so it would not be the best place for it to explode lol. But I left it outside on my stand, on the porch for 3 or 4 hours and it showed no signs of leak. I brought it in because it's 35 degrees outside now. From what I can see all looks good but that sound scares me. It is empty again. I think I'm gonna take my chances and fill it up, I'm a little nervous. I'm leaning toward the temperature change since the water was so cold or it setting in place from the pressure. Any further comments or advice appreciated thanks!


Iíd fill it and leave it outside for a few days and see how it goes. I think if you read the silicon info it says to leave it for 7 days to fully cure,I may be wrong?
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Could it have been the porch cracking from the weight?
I here my decks make lots of noise in the winter due to expansion and contraction in the cold...
I agree that caulk should cure a little longer then most think...I would not have tested for a week at least .
I have always been under the impression that new tanks get to cure for 90 days as I have never seen a manufactured date less then 90 days old on the new tanks I purchase.....
If you only caulked the inside then the main caulk between the glass is still good and that may help?
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Old 01-24-2018, 12:42 PM   #6
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I looked at my friend and said maybe it was the porch lol. It could of been but we thought probably wasn't. I learned to do it from diy videos on YouTube, most said 48 hours is safe with the ge 1 silicone. The trim is cracked in a few spots and has been this way since I bought it. I'll try and put a pic. Also it is 34 degrees F. Right now and supposed to be 27 again tonight or I would of left it outside. When I heard the crack I thought it was about to break. But like I said it was fine for a few hours. I was bouncing around on the porch, which wasn't doing much probably but I thought if it was about to break it would help lol. I'm dying to fill it back up but I'm scared lol. My fish and plants are in a storage tote right now
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As you can see I made a mess with the seal
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:07 PM   #10
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I dunnnoo If I'd trust that tank. All the trims are cracked in important spots
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