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Old 05-14-2009, 05:35 PM   #11
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In my experience, if it looks good and did not leak before, leave it alone. If it is unsightly, trim it out, clean the corners and re-seal it. Use caution not to cut too deep in the corners.
Perfect advice.

As for heaters, I think a lot of people are moving toward 2 undersized heaters...

That way if one goes out.. you still have one going.

Or if one starts overheating (which they do from time to time)since it is undersized it shouldn't have disastrous effects on your tank.
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Thanks for the advice. The tank looks good and I didn't really see any resaon to reseal it.
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Two heaters is an interesting idea...I'll consider it. Thanks.
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Two heaters is an interesting idea...I'll consider it. Thanks.

Just a thought.

I've seen several threads of people who baked their fish because a heater acted up.

If you have 2 undersized heaters... then they can't usually get the water temps too high.
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findad,

I am new to this forum and am wondering how your 180 gal project turned out.
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It may be too late BUT, I read on a forum somewhere that a man had a large tank (125 as I recall) with a cracked bottom on one corner. Instead of repairing or replacing the glass, he had one cut slightly smaller that the original. Smeared silicone on top of the old bottom glass and put the new glass in place. Then he siliconed the gap around the perimeter, let it dry for several days and refilled it. It lasted him for years and he finally sold it. When he sold it, it was still holding water. That may be something to consider (and a lot less labor).
The old glass could support the weight of the water, substrate, etc.
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findad,

I am new to this forum and am wondering how your 180 gal project turned out.

It is still in the garage, upside down without a bottom still. After pricing glass to replace it, I started shoping around and found a 225 to fit the canopy and stand for $50 more than the replacement glass was going to be. Now I wait to find a real deal on a piece of glass
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It may be too late BUT, I read on a forum somewhere that a man had a large tank (125 as I recall) with a cracked bottom on one corner. Instead of repairing or replacing the glass, he had one cut slightly smaller that the original. Smeared silicone on top of the old bottom glass and put the new glass in place. Then he siliconed the gap around the perimeter, let it dry for several days and refilled it. It lasted him for years and he finally sold it. When he sold it, it was still holding water. That may be something to consider (and a lot less labor).
The old glass could support the weight of the water, substrate, etc.
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Yea, too late, I also heard of that after the fact. For some reason I've always taken the hard road???
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