Old tanks (how long do the seals hold?) - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-14-2004, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
fedge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Iowa, USA
Posts: 461
Exclamation Old tanks (how long do the seals hold?)

I got a couple of older tanks from my brother at the landfill..for free

2-10 gallons.. 2 - 20H...

none of them were cracked.. one 20H's bottom plastic trim was coming off but was easy enough to reglue on. I cleaned them all up.. and now am testing them OUTSIDE.. for a week for any possible leaks.

HOWEVER< i have read a lot of horror stories about failing tanks (tanks as young as 6 years old)... one of the 10's I have has its all-glass manufacture date (1989) man that tank is old.. I know its possible for some of these tanks to last a long time without problem.. but how risky is are these tanks to leaks...

Am I really just rolling the dice or am I about as safe as if the tank were new...???

How long does the silicone(or whatever they glue them together with) last before it breaks down and fails..?

Help control the pet population...spay or neuter people won't spay or neuter their dogs or cats!
fedge is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-14-2004, 09:32 PM
Planted Tank VIP
 
GDominy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Victoria,British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 3,424
There is no way to really tell.... I have had brand new tanks fail in under a year.. and I still have some tanks that are 30 years old now.... it all depends!

I would just let it sit for a week and see if it holds.. how does the silicone look? Is it still soft or has it gone brittle? If its very stiff and no longer has that squishy rubbery feeling then it might be a good idea to reseal it.
GDominy is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-15-2004, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
fedge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Iowa, USA
Posts: 461
Thanks for the advice... sounds sound to me....

Most of it was rubbery and newish feeling , if that is a word.

one of the tanks was a gerbil or hamster tank.. that one I may pitch .. I filled it to the top and plan on letting it sit for two weeks... not sure if it was designed to hold water...

man i SURELY don't want a pool in the house to clean up!!!!!!!!

Help control the pet population...spay or neuter people won't spay or neuter their dogs or cats!
fedge is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cloudy tanks aychamo Algae 5 07-29-2004 05:07 PM
How many tanks do you own? Bert The Lounge & Introductions 26 05-30-2004 07:31 PM
how long do you generally mature your tanks for? neilw General Planted Tank Discussion 1 02-16-2004 12:58 AM
I need some help with my green water - long lgerold General Planted Tank Discussion 12 01-26-2004 10:17 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may 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 On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome