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Old 07-29-2011, 02:08 PM   #1
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silicone seals

I just picked up a 135 gallon tank off CL (yay excited!) it was pretty dirty when I picked it up but I cleaned it out with vinegar/water mixture and it looks way better. But I noticed two of the inner wall seals are flapping on the edge. All the other seals look fine and it holds water - I'm thinking I should replace them just to start off fresh and I don't want to have to drain it and do this once I have fish and all. My question is can I just replace the wall seals or do I have to reseal the whole tank?
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to be safe id say reseal everything if some seals are already faleing what's to stop the others down the line? id do em all for peace of mind
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Old 07-29-2011, 02:17 PM   #3
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The new silicone wont bond to the old silicone. So yeah
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I agree if it's worth doin it's worth doin right peace of mind is a wonderfull thing besides once you start pulling the old stuff it all may let go
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True. Good point. How many tubes of silicone do you think I would need for this beast? I'm going to get it from the hardware store if I can find the right one. 135 gallon
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Old 07-29-2011, 02:29 PM   #6
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ive heard GE 1 is good and safe make sure there's no additives anti mildew etc id guesstimate 3 tubes maybe but ive never had to re seal so i wouldn't know
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Old 07-29-2011, 02:33 PM   #7
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1st thing id do is turn those boards so they support the long sides of your tank when you get the silicone make sure to get more than you think you need as you want to work a wet edge as for how much, the tubes have a guide line like 4 oz doz 6ft at a 3/8 in bead err towards to much you can return the unopened tubes try to get the calk gun size as it will be easyer to apply
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2 tubes should be enough but I would get 3 just in case. Make sure to spend the extra money on the "no drip" caulking gun otherwise your in for a bit of a mess.
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Old 07-29-2011, 02:54 PM   #10
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You havent lived untill you've spent 3-4 hrs picking that stuff off your hands
Use the tip of a plastic spoon to smooth it just keep wiping the spoon clean with a paper towel i use wendys spoons it makes a nice even line
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