Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-08-2005, 06:10 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 4,168
I got a free 29 gallon tank

I filled it with water and let it sit for a few days, I didn't notice any leaks, but it was outside, so I think I will bring it in the house and do another test. Some things I am worried about.. The plastic around the top and bottom of the tank is split in the middle, and on one corner I think. There is no silicone on the side seams inside the tank. And one of the side pieces of glass has a chip in it that is hanging on by silicone. I will try and post some pics, but I have been having trouble with that lately. So if its not leaking, would it be safe to put up, or should I go and buy another piece of glass and replace the chipped one?
__________________

__________________
Meredith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2005, 06:27 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Michigan, USA
Posts: 251
Send a message via AIM to bunebop
I put up a free 15 gallon tank that has a crack in it, it's been up since May and it's been holding water just fine. Maybe just try it but make sure you don't stock it and have no where to put the fish jsut in case, that's what I'd do . Good luck!
__________________

__________________
Ashley
~12-13 gal FW hex w/ 4 female bettas and a recovering black skirt tetra

~55 galFW ~6 zebra danios (I think, haven't seen some in a while), ~7 black skirt tetras, 1 clown pleco, 1 cory cat, 3 pit bull plecos, 1 baby guppy in a breeders net, and 1 red minor tetra

I also have a couple other tanks w/o fish as right now I do not have the room/time and there is a chance of moving in the "near" future so I don't want to get more fish for them. I'm downsizing for the moment.
bunebop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2005, 06:55 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Utah, USA
Posts: 748
Pics would be helpful. But as long as the tanks hold water and looks sturdy I would not suggest replacing glass. How big is the chip? Only if it is close to letting water through would I worry about it.
__________________
hashbaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2005, 08:14 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 4,168
I will try and get down to the picture problem. I have some really good ones. But I think I will set it up in the tub and just leave it for a while.
__________________
Meredith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2005, 09:09 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 4,168
ok, I have a very bad website with some pictures of the cracked tank. take a look...
http://keptawake.tripod.com/
__________________
Meredith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2005, 11:35 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Ohio
Posts: 501
Send a message via AIM to PK Tester Send a message via MSN to PK Tester Send a message via Yahoo to PK Tester
Doesn't look great. You may consider resealing that chip from the inside to make sure it doesn't leak. I do not know that the sillicon may support this forever but it must be pretty small...

As far as no sealant on the seams...It must have some or it would leak.

I'd try and see what happens!

**PS~ Please do not come and take me to court if it leaks lol
__________________
PK Tester is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2005, 12:48 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 4,168
lol, no worries! I am thinking I may tear it apart and use this as a good tank to practice resealing. I keep going back and forth between, I want a tank NOW, and ... yea I could wait. The chip in the side does not go all the way through, I'm just not sure.
__________________
Meredith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2005, 01:50 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
QTOFFER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Kew Gardens, NY
Posts: 4,295
I'm more concerned about the split plastic frames since this is really what holds the tank together. Combined with that deep chip, I personally wouldn't set it up as an aquarium. 29 gallons is ALOT of water to get on the floor! 8O

At least it was free. Perhaps you or someone you know could use the tank for reptiles or small mammals.
__________________
QTOFFER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2005, 04:55 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
JohnPaul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 1,017
It seems to me you are risking a lot if you try to use this as an aquarium. Cracks in glass tend to spread as a result of temperature changes, increases in force (pressure), and time. All three of those things will happen when you set this up as an aquarium. Also, keep in mind that the pressure on the glass at the bottom of the tank is greater than the pressure on the glass at the top (you can think of it as there being a greater amount of water above it "pushing down").

You could have it set up and functioning fine for years, but over time the cracks will grow (even if it is so slow as to be unseen by the naked eye), then eventually one day you will be vacuuming your house and the little vibrations in the floor will be the straw that breaks the came's back--or in your case, that breaks the aquarium glass.

If you are dead set on making something aquatic out of this, I would fill it halfway and use it as a tank for amphibians or something like that.
__________________
JohnPaul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2005, 05:01 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: maine
Posts: 1,975
Crack/chipped glass AND split frame sections should be a big warning sign that says, "Warning, this tank may have been abused in the past and may dump water on your floor any minute". In some cases, tank failure will happen in an instant, giving you no time to react until you have 29g of water on the floor. If anything, you could take apart the tank, replace any broken/chipped glass, and reseal the whole tank for practice along with installing new frames. By the time you did all of that, it would cost more than buying a new 29g.

It might hold water now, but I would not reccomend anyone stick fish in it. The cost of a possible accident is much larger than just purchasing another new tank. In my opinion
__________________
*26 freshwater*
2x Sunburst Platys (2M, 2F) // 3x Neon Tetras (?) // 2x Cherry Barbs (1M, 1F) // 2x YoYo Loaches (?) // 1x Bushy Nose Pleco (M) // 1x Clown Pleco (?) //

*15H marine*
-30# Live Rock
-Mixed Snails (Nassarius // Cerith // Astrea // Black Turbo // Mexican Turbo)
-8x Blue Leg Hermit Crabs // 1x Banded Serpent Star // 1x Cleaner Shrimp
-1x Royal Gramma // 1x Percula Clownfish
-2x Mushroom Leather // Metallic Green Star Polyps // Pulsing Xenia // Striped Xenia // Blue Mushroom
-Remora + Maxi-Jet 1200 // 2x Maxi-Jet 600 // Maxi-Jet 400 // Visi-Therm Deluxe 50 // Current USA Orbit 2x 40w PC
grimlock3000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2005, 08:22 PM   #11
Moderator Emeritus
 
Menagerie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 13,230
Quote:
Perhaps you or someone you know could use the tank for reptiles or small mammals.
Like these!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	cuties.jpg
Views:	102
Size:	25.7 KB
ID:	77  
__________________

Menagerie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2005, 10:29 PM   #12
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: NY, NY
Posts: 2,303
Send a message via AIM to madasafish
Meghan, you're too funny.

My vote's also a "no" on filling the tank. because... 1) A 29 Gallon tank is not a terribly expensive item. 2) The damage of a leak or a flood can be potentially huge. 3) That crack looks mighty nasty. It looks like there are other cracks radiating from the big broken part. If it was a clean break with one small piece having been removed from the side, then I'd say yes. But that break is not clean, and could potentially spread when pressure is added.
__________________
MTS is a blessing, not a disease.
madasafish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2005, 11:03 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
QTOFFER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Kew Gardens, NY
Posts: 4,295
That pic make me wonder just how many of Menagerie's posts are actually made by the gerbils after she goes to bed. After all, they are nocturnal, right?
__________________
QTOFFER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2005, 11:25 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 4,168
ok, so I am definitely not going to use it for fish. My husband has expressed an interest in getting a lizard or some small reptile. Any thoughts on that?
__________________
Meredith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2005, 01:54 AM   #15
Moderator Emeritus
 
Menagerie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 13,230
www.reptileadvice.com
__________________

Menagerie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2005, 01:55 AM   #16
Moderator Emeritus
 
Menagerie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 13,230
But I have to say--ARE YOU SURE?!?!?
Attached Images
 
__________________

Menagerie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2005, 02:48 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: MI
Posts: 57
I think that would make a pretty good reptile tank. Go for it!
__________________
nervousdog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2005, 03:03 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 4,168
Oh gosh. Those fuzzy critters are so cute! I would rather have a mouse or something, but if my cats got a hold of something so cute, I would cry!! So now I am def. looking into lizards. Thanks!!
__________________
Meredith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2005, 03:20 PM   #19
Moderator Emeritus
 
Menagerie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 13,230
Your cat may get a hold of a lizzard too. Our cat Josie has brought (among all the birds and small mammals) a snake to the door.
__________________

Menagerie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2005, 05:17 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 4,168
yea, my cat b.b is a GREAT snake catcher, but I don't think I would mind so much if she ate a lizard or some thing.
__________________

__________________
Meredith is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
29 gallon, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
need a free 30 gallon tank kinto sol Archive 1 12-15-2009 06:31 PM
FREE 20 GALLON TANK CHICAGO AREA-ESTABLISHED Jason the Lost Archive 1 11-03-2006 04:59 PM
FREE 20 GALLON TANK CHICAGO AREA-ESTABLISHED Jason the Lost Archive 1 09-24-2006 07:34 PM
Free 55 gallon- questions! severum mama Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 09-21-2006 11:20 PM
10 Gallon glass tank and guppies Free - Chandler AZ pickup dnaelting Archive 1 07-25-2006 04:07 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.