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Old 07-12-2011, 03:20 AM   #1
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Stand to small for aquarium!

Hey so I just bought a used 32G and the stand is a little small in width. The tank sticks out about an inch on the front and the back. Should I be worried? Also the silicon seems a little old and I see small holes on one side but no leaks. Can I just add some more silicon just on the posture of the tank? It is currently full. Thanks
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:42 AM   #2
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I don't think you can add silicone on existing silicone since it won't stick. Pictures might be a helpful addition p this thread though.
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:14 AM   #3
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You can top the stand with a piece of 3/4" plywood to fit the tank, but the entire bottom should be supported IMO. Also, it sounds like the stand is built for a smaller tank, so you may want to look into befing it up.

Yep, silicone doesn't patch like that, if it's bad the seam needs to be completely resealed.
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:26 AM   #4
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Her are some photos of the patches and how the tank sticks out. It's already filled though. If i have to reseal it and add plywood under it'll be a pain. Also the stand was used with this tank for the previous owner. Can i just reseal the patches with silicon without removing the old one? it'll seal up the patches no?
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You can top the stand with a piece of 3/4" plywood to fit the tank, but the entire bottom should be supported IMO. Also, it sounds like the stand is built for a smaller tank, so you may want to look into befing it up.
I agree but instead of plywood I've used sections of kitchen/bath counter tops for a little more decreative look, plus they can purchased for little money if they're excess scrap from the store/supplier.
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Tank is currently full and i have a pleco and 4 red skirt tetras in a bucket. It'll be a pain if i have to empty the tank. Also can i just apply silicon over the patches? I'm only 15 so i don't think i can remove the silicon without ruining the tank somehow.
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:41 PM   #7
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I'm afraid a tank tear down is in order if you think the silicone if questionable, the new silicone will not adhere to the old stuff, it's nothing complicated but takes a little time and effort. Here's a link with pictures to walk you through the steps.

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I would certainly reinforce the stand and reseal the aquarium from those pictures. It's not tough and it will give you something to do while your on summer vaction and a feeling of accomplishment when your done.
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Darn. i can't just put aquarium sealant between the old silicon so it'll stick to the glass? i can't really do much now and what am i supposed to do with the pleco and 4 tetras? my other tank is to small. I'm really bummed out right now. Is their nothing else i can do? i will certainly add a peice of wood under the tank but i don't know about resealing... :'(
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