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Old 07-13-2011, 01:05 AM   #1
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Can i just reseal the outside of my aquarium?

Ok so i bought a used 32G aquarium and the inside seals are in good condition but the outside seals feel rough and used. Can i just reseal the outside? Here are some picture of the problematic areas. You can also see the sealing inside which is immaculate.

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If i cant reseal it without completely removing the silicon can i apply a layer of silicon on a sort of corner protector/cover and apply it to all 4 corners? I don't have a trim either so can i use this and silicon it to the bottom of the tank? heres a picture of what i'm talking about.

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Old 07-13-2011, 01:08 AM   #2
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Didn't this already get answered here?
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:35 AM   #3
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Different but similar question. My main concern is if I can reseal the outside of the aquarium. The problem is there. If I remove sealant from the outside and reseal it shouldn't it hold? That's what I really want answered. I just want to make sure people understand what I'm trying to say. Sealant inside is in good condition but outside sealant isn't. Please help
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Totally up to you the silicone on the outside is just what squeezed out from in-between the glass the only way to really fix it completely is to cut out the glass and reassemble the whole tank but if the inside seams are good that's what really matters as long as the silicone in-between the glass is good I would leave it cause silicone won't stick to old dry silicone
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:02 AM   #5
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I don't know if you've seen the photos but the silicon on the side isn't really in between both panels. Take a look at the photos. Its only really in that spot so that's why I'm trying to avoid resealing the whole tank. If I were to remove any trace of silicon on the outside of the tank and try to scrape between the panes of glass then reapply silicone would it help? Or like I mentioned before what if I put those corner protectors around the tank? And is a bottom trim necessary? I can make one with the corner protectors. Reason why this is bothering me is because I want to set up this tank ASAP because I have fish in buckets. I don't know how long they will last but I'm trying so hard.
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Just make sure after you scrape it off you clean it well the re apply bottom trim is a good thing that's for sure but I see no need for the corner protecters but if you want added insurance go for it
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-Alright so clean outside area with bleach?
-let it airdry
-scrape the silicone
-rub with alcohol(is rubbing alcohol ok?) then let it dry
-reapply silicon
-let it sit for 24hrs?
-fill with water, gravel, decorations and watch for leaks.

How does that sound?
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-Alright so clean outside area with bleach?
-let it airdry
-scrape the silicone
-rub with alcohol(is rubbing alcohol ok?) then let it dry
-reapply silicon
-let it sit for 24hrs?
-fill with water, gravel, decorations and watch for leaks.

How does that sound?
Sounds like a great plan and yes rubbing alcohol will work
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Ok and I need 100% silicon right? Can I get it at any hardware store?
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look for food safe or aquarium safe it will cost a bit more so be ready for sticker shock lol
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