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Old 04-01-2013, 12:27 AM   #1
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Would you trust this tank? 50 gallon drilled needs to be plugged


I acquired a 50 gallon tank from a friend. It was originally used as part of a 10 tank connected system in a biological lab to keep american eels alive for a study.

The tank has two 1.5" holes drilled in it with bulkheads installed, an inflow and an outflow as you can see in the following pictures (picture 1 is the outside of the tank, picture 2 the inside):

http://imgur.com/a/CETNk

I'd like to plug these holes and use the tank for a natural planted dirt tank. The tank is in great condition, no scratches, and the holes were drilled very well.

Two questions:

1. If plugged, would you trust these holes to hold 50 gallons of water? The tank would be located in an apartment I'm renting, above nice wood floors.

2. If you would trust the holes -- how would you go about plugging them up?

Thanks for any input!
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:56 AM   #2
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I'd trust it. You should be able to get an actual plug to replace the bulkheads. If you can't, I'd get a piece of glass that covers the holes and use aquarium safe silicon and seal it up. Do that on the inside so that the water pressure is pushing the patch against the tank glass.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:45 AM   #3
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I'd trust it. You should be able to get an actual plug to replace the bulkheads.
Something from the plumbing section of a hardware store?
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Have you considered using them to run a canister filter? It would make for a much cleaner looking tank by elimination plumping running over the top rim.
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Add some more pipings inside and connect you inlet and outlet. It will look cleaner this way.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:23 AM   #6
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Have you considered using them to run a canister filter? It would make for a much cleaner looking tank by elimination plumping running over the top rim.






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Add some more pipings inside and connect you inlet and outlet. It will look cleaner this way.
I think both these folks just hit the nail on the head


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