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Old 01-04-2015, 08:14 PM   #21
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You would never need that kind of wave action in a home aquarium, and chances are, you wouldn't be able to keep corals alive in it. that video is an example of how their single pump can create waves, but let's see the surface doing that with a bunch of coral in the tank. It would be blowing all over the place. Sand would be everywhere.
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Of course the video is in exageration but it's just to demonstrate my point.
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My only problem with this is, if there was any appreciable effect by the action of wave makers, we would be seeing some evidence of it. Yes, it's going to put extra force against an aquarium wall; but between 3 different reefing forums I've never heard of a person having a tank failure when there wasn't a cause such as abuse to the tank.
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But the bottom line is would the silicone withstand whatever you were throwing at the corals....and the answer is yes.
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In my usual too detailed engineering response, I was agreeing that you would have to go to extreme measures to break the seals. And even then they may not fail. But silicone does have a lifespan.


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Old 01-04-2015, 10:16 PM   #26
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Is this not an evidence enough that the seal can fail?

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Nobody ever said the contrary. That was a acrylic tank anyway wasn't it?


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Is this not an evidence enough that the seal can fail?

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Agreed, nobody said a seal couldn't fail, but there are precipitating factors such as a fault in the tank manufacturing in the case you linked.
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That's what I have been saying all along that the possibility of sealant failure is its quality and its lifespan. The contributing factor is when it is subjected to stress like the wave maker.
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If your tank is fragile enough a wave maker set to even its highest level, blowing the rocks around, could be broken, I wouldn't want that tank holding back all that water in the first place. The example you showed shows the effect a MP40 (I think) can start a standing wave, but nobody does that in reality. It's just a demonstration. I am unaware of any tank breach due to wave maker stresses on record. But anything is possible.


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