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Old 02-08-2013, 04:05 AM   #1
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I'm new to this forum and I am in need of advice. I've unfortunately acquired a cracked tank (I was fooled by a seller on kijiji) and now don't know exactly what to do to fix it. I've considered sealing it with 100% silicon but am afraid it may eventually give way to pressure and would rather just replace the glass and do it right the first time. I called around everywhere trying to find a place to do glass repair and finally came across this place in Mississauga, Ont. called Flinstone Glass and Mirror that say they could do it but I have to bring the tank in for them to quote it. By the way, it's a hexagonal tank, 50 gallons and the crack is near the top of one of the sides (I've attached pics).

So basically, I'm just wondering if it can just be sealed with silicon (I've been told there's not much pressure at the top) or if I should go ahead and replace the glass. And does anyone have any idea what the cost of that might be, including labour and all?

Thanks in advance for any advice provided!

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Old 02-08-2013, 04:28 PM   #2
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:Welcome: to AA! We hope ya enjoy

I would try and fix the glass yourself. Glass in the states is rather expensive so im not sure about a cost for you. Most of it will be labor im sure because to get to the glass the top and bottom plasic pieces have to come off. Then scrape off all the old silicon and silicon the new one in place.

Im sure here in the states it would cost up to $100
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I would try and fix the glass yourself. Glass in the states is rather expensive so im not sure about a cost for you. Most of it will be labor im sure because to get to the glass the top and bottom plasic pieces have to come off. Then scrape off all the old silicon and silicon the new one in place.

Im sure here in the states it would cost up to $100

Thanks for your reply!

I'm willing to spend up to $200. What do you mean by fixing it myself - do you mean to silicone it or actually do the taking apart and replacing the glass myself. By the way, I'm not a very good DIY person - I'm not skilled in those ways lol.

An aquarium guy said the hardest part would be removing the trims and that it's very likely he'd end up breaking it and then the tank will be completely ruined.

I'm just wondering if it's a good idea or not to seal the crack with silicone or is that too risky?
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Thanks for your reply!

I'm willing to spend up to $200. What do you mean by fixing it myself - do you mean to silicone it or actually do the taking apart and replacing the glass myself. By the way, I'm not a very good DIY person - I'm not skilled in those ways lol.

An aquarium guy said the hardest part would be removing the trims and that it's very likely he'd end up breaking it and then the tank will be completely ruined.

I'm just wondering if it's a good idea or not to seal the crack with silicone or is that too risky?
It may work but I wouldn't try it. The temp. on the inside can be different then the air on the outside which will cause it to just keep making the crack get longer. Also the pressure inside of the tank pushing out would concern me. Especially as the crack gets bigger
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I would say a crack that high on the tank could be siliconed. The pressure shouldn't be too high to cause a blowout. Just remember old and new silicone doesnt bond together. To do it properly would require all new silicone. I have resealed a 55 and it's not to bad. Just time consuming.
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I would say a crack that high on the tank could be siliconed. The pressure shouldn't be too high to cause a blowout. Just remember old and new silicone doesnt bond together. To do it properly would require all new silicone. I have resealed a 55 and it's not to bad. Just time consuming.
Did you have trouble removing the trim when you revealed the tank?
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It may work but I wouldn't try it. The temp. on the inside can be different then the air on the outside which will cause it to just keep making the crack get longer. Also the pressure inside of the tank pushing out would concern me. Especially as the crack gets bigger
Yeah I would much rather replace the glass cause I'm afraid of this happening, but I really don't want to break the trim...
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I have done it once on a 5 gallon the trim didn't break on be but the glass did. You just have to be really careful, if it won't come off easy then don't force it. Just keep taking a long razor blade and sliding it behind the trim and cutting threw the silicone.

The tank I did it on was 25 years old
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I don't think I removed the trim. Nope I didn't. Just cleaned all silicone up to the bottom of the trim and replaced. Now for the record I resealed a tank. I've never replaced a glass pain before. I would also think on a hex that it would be more complicated. Did you leak test the hex yet? Also, you said you would be willing to spend up to 200 to have it fixed, check Craigslist
and you may find a nice 55 with some equip for that price. Just food for thought.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:26 AM   #10
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We have Kijiji up here in Canada rather then Craigslist. And trust me up here people ask a lot for stuff that should have decreased in value. I got lucky when I got my 55 for 100 bucks cuz now I see them 250 plus. Mind you I'm in winnipeg and people expect to get back what they put in.
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