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Old 09-27-2014, 08:23 PM   #1
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Tank repairs

Just picked up a custom 260 gal from a guy (10 year old) and 2 sides of glass cracked when we were moving it (hey, the thing was 400+ lbs). Does anyone know the cost of replacing those 2 pieces and getting all of the sealant redone. Basically a whole tank remod. I'm in California, but anybody who has had this experience would be great!
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Old 09-27-2014, 08:37 PM   #2
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The big front panels or 2 smaller sides? How thick is the glass?

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3/4" and one side and one back panel

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Old 09-27-2014, 08:45 PM   #4
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Ooooffff, you're looking at big bucks to have glass cut from a shop, you'd be lucky to find scrap that would work. From a shop I'd ballpark around 200-$250??

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Even redoing the sealing all around? (that's way better than I thought it was going to be)

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Ohh no, I'm talking material, could be wrong there too, the labor would be a couple hundred too I'm thinking.

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Ooooffff, you're looking at big bucks to have glass cut from a shop, you'd be lucky to find scrap that would work. From a shop I'd ballpark around 200-$250??

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I'd honestly think maybe closer to the $300 area at minimum. And that's just glass. For a shop to do the labor I couldn't guess. I think a call to a local guy is your best bet and then hitting the internet to scour around. If it were me, I'd consider taking on a project like that over a winter.

As for the sealant, it's a must to remove and replace all. The old and new won't bond correctly and that's 260 gallons of big headaches. I've done a couple small tanks (40b the largest) and did it with small squeeze type tubes. Someone else brought up to by the caulk gun size and use that as it's 1, a bit cheaper in that size and 2, easier to apply a steady bead. Something I never thought of.


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Well I got the tank for free, it's such a bummer the glass broke! Treemanone, I live in Southern California so I don't have much of a winter. The guy who built the tank is 45 min away, so I am going to give him a call Monday, as with some LFS to see it they know anyone.

We were also debating(if it's cheaper) just having another tank built, maybe acrylic.

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An acrylic tank that size would be into the 3-4k range I'd think. If the tank was free than spend the 500 to fix it up nice nice..

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Well I got the tank for free, it's such a bummer the glass broke! Treemanone, I live in Southern California so I don't have much of a winter. The guy who built the tank is 45 min away, so I am going to give him a call Monday, as with some LFS to see it they know anyone.

We were also debating(if it's cheaper) just having another tank built, maybe acrylic.

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That's quite unfortunate in regards to the tank mishap. I haven't had that happen before but can just imagine the heartbreak. As for being in SoCal and not having much of a winter that's a def bonus. It gets quite cold in CT and I'd need to heat my garage for a few days to ensure the sealant adheres properly.

I'd for sure place a call since the builder is that close !!! He may be very helpful.

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An acrylic tank that size would be into the 3-4k range I'd think. If the tank was free than spend the 500 to fix it up nice nice..

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I agree with Brookster that an acrylic is a costly endeavor and to spend a little (comparatively) on a repair is the way to go.


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