Like the title says, I pulled the rims off this cheap-o 10 gallon, the edges weren't exactly matched to the t, but it was surprisingly well siliconed. I've filled it to the brim with water to check for leaks...but my question is, what length of time should I test it for? Hours? Days? Weeks?
I've been wondering about the structural integrity of de-rimed 10s. Any thoughts on why "it will fail?" I've built a few of my own tanks and nothing was nearly as well constructed as a manufactured tank and I've only had one failure totally due to user error. (Don't put tanks on uneven countertops above the dishwasher with out a pad. )
How about longevity? I mean, sure, it's holding steady in my kitchen floor, but after I drain it, build the tank, and get it going, can I expect failure down the line? Or would it be petty much indefinite so long as seams don't dry and crack if not in use?
if it does fail later on it probably wont burst open all at once it'l probably be a small leak at first, also when you do algae wipes just be easy on the seams and avoid scraping algae with a razor near the seams
I made a 9g and a 11g out of very thin window glass. Far thinner than the 10g glass, they held up just fine filled for roughly a year. They only failed when I emptied them and the mutt ran into them on two separate occasions....
I have been running a de rimmed aqueon 20 long for about 8 months now.
I doubled up the silicone on the sides since i had some sitting around and I kept the bottom brace on. It's been fine, I stopped worrying after a month. Glass is very strong, it's more likely the silicone that can fail on any tank long term.