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Old 10-27-2014, 03:40 PM   #11
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I will take a pic of crack when i get home


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Old 10-27-2014, 05:44 PM   #12
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The styro can be painted with latex paint or probably even craft paint. Only the visible edges need to be done.
Andy has covered point loads from outside the tank, but, they can occur inside the tank as well. A rock sitting on a single grain of gravel can bust the bottom (a friend lost two this way). The very first all glass tanks, which originated in my home town in 1957, were built like the one in the picture, with no trim. After numerous broken bottoms from people setting the tank on a grain of gravel, a frame was added to lift the bottom.
I am a big fan of styro under tanks. However, it must be noted that styro will not help with level. It will aid with uneven surfaces, or those that aren't perfectly flat. Contrary to what is often stated on forums, it will also add support to the bottom glass, if there is no frame as in the tank in question, just as it does with an acrylic tank.

after having a wet rock slip from my grasp and hit the bottom and hearing that distinct TINK! sound of cracking glass many, many years ago, I have always used something in the bottom of the tank if it's glass. Whether it be an undergravel filter plate, eggcrate, or sheet of corrugated plastic (my new fav), that way when I drop something the bottom is protected.
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:02 PM   #13
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lets wait till we get a photo guys, I was in the glass trade, we need to see it first, so we can evaluate it.........
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Old 11-06-2014, 03:14 PM   #14
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Is it possible for tempered glass to crack? Wouldn't it just shatter instead?
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:09 PM   #15
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Thick glass can get expensive but you already have a layer so just have local hardware store cut an 1/8" piece ($10) 1/8" smaller than tank, lightly sand edges with sanding block (doesn't crack as easy) buy two tubes of silicone ($12)

Clean bottom of tank first with water and cleaner then with solvent, remove old silicone down even with bottom of tank using razor scraper ($4), apply silicone liberally but evenly across bottom of tank, throw in new glass, work in in, then make a pretty bead on outside

Better than new and it took less time to fix then it did talking about fixing
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Is it possible for tempered glass to crack? Wouldn't it just shatter instead?
It can crack, i cracked a new 40 breeder which said the glass was tempered. If you hit it with a hammer it should shatter into lots of small pieces vs. Jagged plates and shards.

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Old 11-09-2014, 12:54 PM   #18
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Also i need to know what silicone is aquarium safe to repair the damage


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You also have to think if the risk of 45 gallons worth of water damage is less than the money saved repairing. All my tanks are in the basement, concrete floor, floor drain. It would be save the fish & mop the floor with a bit of bleach, so cost effective here.

If this tank is in a finished area, carpeted & such, especially with living areas below it, well, time to make a call to the homeowners insurance. Years back when 5 gallon drinking water jugs were made of glass I saw one fall & shatter on a concrete loading dock. Instant 30' puddle, pretty impressive, nothing but wet concrete & some busted glass as far as damage. A residential incident could get pretty involved as far as clean up.
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My tank is gonna be located in the basement as well so no worries there


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