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Old 09-26-2010, 03:26 AM   #11
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I see where you are coming from, but IMO those are the exceptions and not the rule. We're running 60+ used tanks with no issues whatsoever. A great rule of thumb for used tanks is, when in doubt, reseal. ANY tank can fail catastrophically. That's just the way it goes with glass aquaria. JMO, but I'll go for used tanks whenever possible knowing that not only will it save a ton of money, but if I can score an older tank, the build quality is often far superior to newer tanks. We have an old 75 gallon Oceanic that is built SOLID, much nicer than newer tanks. Similarly, we have another 75 gallon with a manufacture date from 1984 whose glass is so thick that a center brace was not even part of the design. I can go pay 4 times as much for a 75 gallon Top Fin tank at a chain store and not trust it nearly as much.

Quick question: Why in the world did Customer #1 wait an entire evening for catastrophic failure rather than address the situation with the center brace immediately?
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i tell you what, comming from a fish freek friend of mine, this is what he did when his tank got a hole from his vac, don't ask , lol, but i tell you what we did , and oh ya it is a 50 gal + tank, what he did what used a bowl that was big enough to cover the hole, this is inside of the tank of course, and the outside he used a chunk of glass with silicon on the surface and pressed it to the tank, after a while he took it off, and i tell you what, i ever still think he has that tank still, lol but ya it does work.
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