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Badgers034
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PostPosted: 2006.03.23(Thu)16:45    Post subject: siliconing an aquarium Reply with quote

My LFS has a leaky aquarium (55g)
And I was wondering if it would be easy to silicone it. They said it leaks from the bottom and that there are no cracks in it. They also sed that they will give it to me for REALLY cheap (around 20 bucks or FREE) So I'm thinking a free 55 gallon tank... Ill take it. I was thinking about siliconing the CRAP out of it. Do u think its worth it??
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PostPosted: 2006.03.24(Fri)3:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Badgers,
Sure free is worth it, as long as you like to "do it yourself."
Here's a link to a post on how to resilicone that tank http://www.aquahobby.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=24459&highlight=
Good luck!
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PostPosted: 2006.03.24(Fri)18:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm.....free (or $20, which is basically free) 55g tank. Couple tubes of sillicone. A bit of time & effort on your part.


Yeah, I'd jump on that deal.



Just remember to use a WET finger to smooth the silicone out (or use something other than a finger).
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PostPosted: 2006.03.24(Fri)18:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's easily worth the effort to reseal the tank. I've done several of them over the years. My main advice is to make sure you have good ventilation when you do it. The fumes are pretty strong. I used the GE 100% Silicone from Walmart.
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Ganoderma
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PostPosted: 2006.03.31(Fri)1:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

id use a damp cloth personally. thats what I use when I coulk. over time constantly toughing silicone/caulking/glue etc will come with health problems.

nice finr though. its amazing how much a pet store will through out to avoid a little work, adn yet they still seem to skimp on things liek plants and filtration Question
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PostPosted: 2006.04.02(Sun)12:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

damp cloth works.

I was just pointing out that if you do use your finger, make sure its wet, otherwise you won't easily smooth it out since it'll stick to your finger(s)
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