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how hard is it to silicone a tank?
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shubapie
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PostPosted: 2008.05.16(Fri)5:39    Post subject: how hard is it to silicone a tank? Reply with quote

I found a 75 gallon tank on Craigslist for $65, but it leaks, so I'd obviously have to silicone the joints. I probably wouldn't trust it if the whole thing weren't re-done and since this isn't my thing, I'm not sure I would trust my work. Is it something I should pursue, or would it be better to pass on the tank? I could possibly get a guy at a LFS to do it but I'm not sure. Any advice?
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PostPosted: 2008.05.16(Fri)18:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

here you go: http://www.aquahobby.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=35335
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PostPosted: 2008.05.17(Sat)5:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great, thanks! The guy says it's a slow leak and that it should be easy to fix, won't have to scrape off all the old silicone. Does $65 sound like a good deal?
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PostPosted: 2008.05.17(Sat)22:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

What it's worth is up to you.
Besides the leak, I would check for scratches in the glass. Old tanks are often marked up and that can have quite an effect on its appearance.
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PostPosted: 2008.09.10(Wed)12:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shubapie, I just bought a 55 gallons and had to redo the joints, if you are a handy person it should be fairly simple...

I used an "exacto" blade and stripped all the silicon and then cleaned the tank with alcohool, its pretty straigth forward if you follow the guides available online.

Don't make my mistake and make sure you use "AQUARIUM SAFE" silicon otherwise you risk harming your fish.

also please note that when you use the blade you have to be careful not to cut through the joint that holds the 2 pieces of glass together otherwise you'll be in trouble.

Good luck!!

Oh and if you accidently put silicon on the glass its not a big deal, wait until it dries then use the blade to scrape it off!!

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PostPosted: 2008.09.10(Wed)16:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seriously do check it closely for scratches. A cheaper used tank is nice, but when all your pics come out like this, it's almost not worth it anymore!
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PostPosted: 2008.09.11(Thu)8:34    Post subject: :O Reply with quote

Oh dear!!!!


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That really sucks!!!
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PostPosted: 2009.06.19(Fri)9:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a good price, I recently got a 75gal with stand and a 55gal show tank off Craigs list for $140. Re-siliconing isn't too hard. buy the GE I 100% silicone for windows & doors.
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