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Old 08-02-2011, 01:11 AM   #1
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Should I re-seal my aquarium?

So my used 26 gallon has black sealant (is that what it's called?) on the sides to hold it all together. It looks like it has leaked in the past, since it is sealed in a few spots on the outside.

I filled it up with water, but I'm wondering if I should remove it and just re-seal the whole thing if there's a risk of the seal giving way since it looks fairly tattered. I figure it will be easier now with nothing in the tank than later when it has a whole aquatic community in it.

My dad was thinking to just seal it on the outside (since it's not leaking, so just for extra protection) but I'm not sure if that would actually do any good....

Thoughts?

(Yes, I'm kicking myself for not having noticed it before I put in all the water, but oh well...)

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These are the front ones... the back ones are not as bad, but I figure if I have to do 2/4, I might as well do 4/4 lol.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:29 AM   #2
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In my opinion, re-sealing is not a good idea. The factories use a silicon-based seal that has to be applied very carefully. They can't leave a single air bubble or else it will start a leak. The seal dries very quickly so you have to work both accurately and fast. They also use humidifiers to set the seal even more.

I would suggest looking for a good method of patching or even get a different tank, but don't get rid of the factory seal. That's just my opinion, take it for what its worth.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:42 AM   #3
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Keep it for a Q/T somewhere that a leak is not so bad.

A new tank is alot cheaper then a new floor & rug. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO WORRY ABOUT IT.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:52 AM   #4
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I would Reseal. I have done many myself and its not that difficult with some patience. I use a chaulking gun and buy 100 percent silicone, window and doors type. NOT THE KITCHEN AND BATHROOM, as this has mildew etc prohibitors. I take razorblades and remove all the current silicone. then I wipe down with some rubbing alchol and feel for anything I have left... I use q tips in alchol to get in the cracks. LET IT DRY 24 hours for best results, more if you notice any bit of moisture, THIS IS KEY.... I use painters tape and fo about 1/4 inch oneach side of the seal, folding over a tab to make it easier to remove. ( put ta[e on in reverse order as your seling will be, I always seal bottom to top) I then seal. put a nice steady bead, then with a lil pressure ( so silicone gets in crack) pull finger along seal, I use old towels to wipe excess, and I use latex gloves too, sry forgot that. I pull tape off each seal as I go, bc if you let it start to dry u can pull it out. pay special attention to where seals meet seals. let it sit for a minimum of 48 hours empty, then fill and let sit with water for week to make sure its not going to leak. mu last tank was a flat back hex, that was a pain but worth it! Good luck.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:58 AM   #5
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IMO whenever you question the tanks seals re do it. its easy theres many threads on the site and its better o do it now then when theres fish in there. plus the floor gets to stay dry
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:45 PM   #6
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I talked to my dad and we decided that we'll sell this tank and get another.

Thank you for the advice everyone! I really appreciate it... I have so many questions as a newbie and everyone here is always super-helpful
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:46 PM   #7
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why dont you want to re seal? its cheap and fairely easy
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:50 PM   #8
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My dad is being inexplicably stubborn, so really.... I dunno ^__^;;
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:03 PM   #9
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lol its really easy and alot cheaper than buying a new tank
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:11 PM   #10
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Well that's what I said, but ugh! I can't figure out what he's thinking because he can't/won't articulate it, lol.

I think he feels like we made a bad purchase because it's used and on top of it, we need to/should fix it before we use it. There's not actually anything wrong with that, but since we don't buy used things very often, I guess I can kind of understand his sentiment (even if I don't agree with it). In any case, it's not worth pressing the matter at the moment.

But hey, maybe the tank won't sell, and then we'll be stuck with it!
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