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Old 07-07-2010, 08:58 PM   #1
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Cracked Acrylic

So, I was cleaning out my 2.5g bowfront tank, preparing for a possible shrimp tank, and while washing it out I noticed some cracks on the bottom. I saw them before when I cleaned it out but I didn't see any concern, but now I just wanted to check. There's two small ones on one side, and a slightly larger one on the other.

Do you think it would still be ok to use it? I don't really wanna get another tank, but maybe I could put some kind of sealant on it. I have something called Loctite Stik n Seal Original, but I doubt that would be safe, but I could probably go to Lowes and get the GE Silicone 1, closer than anywhere with a 2.5g lol. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:02 PM   #2
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IMO with as cheap as 2.5g tanks are, why risk it? By the time you spend $5 or $6 on sealant, you've almost bought a new tank.
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There really is not that much weight to mess with it IMO. If this was a big tank I would be concerned.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:05 PM   #4
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well its cheaper in gas. There are 2.5g about an hour away at $13 or so at Petsmart in Lexington. However, sealant is only about 15 min away, that's the main reason. Plus we don't go to Lexington very often. And I don't have enough room for anything much larger than a 2.5g.

Also I should probably mention they don't go all the way through but they seem to be on the inside.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:29 PM   #5
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So you think it should be ok? If I had a closer Petsmart or anything else with a 2.5g I would go for it. *sigh* The "stand" its on is a rubbermaid, so I could make a hole in the lid just as a precautionary, so the water doesn't get near the power strip.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:34 PM   #6
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It should be okay. I had a couple cracks in a 10 gallon of mine that i got rid of and it was still good and the fish were happy.
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Old 07-07-2010, 11:27 PM   #7
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hmmm... I just don't know. I've used it for about 3 years now and I never really checked for cracks in the beginning but I'm sure it had them, and I know it had them 3 or 4 months ago. I just don't know... Well here's a pic (very bad at that) of the bottom:
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I don't think silicone bonds very well to acrylic. I read somewhere that that is why they use weld-on or similar products when making fish tanks.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:56 PM   #9
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For a tank that small you may as well forget it. Repairing the tank would cost more in time and money than buying a newer (and much larger) tank. Only 2.5 gallons is not suitable for any fish, except for one male betta. Toss the tank and buy a big one and set it up correctly - then enjoy!
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Superglue gel. try that.
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