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Old 11-12-2009, 01:19 PM   #1
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To reseal or to not reseal,...


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Old 11-12-2009, 02:27 PM   #2
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What is the size of the tank? If you don't really feel like fixing it, you could always set it somewhere with water for a few weeks to see how it does.

If it works, that may be a good sign, but I am always of the thought "better safe than sorry".
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Old 11-12-2009, 02:39 PM   #3
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Its a 75 gallon. I guess I should reseal it because I don't to have to wait weeks to test. I figure I could do it tomorrow and have water in it Sunday or Monday. This will be the first time I had to seal a tank this size. I hope I get it right the first time. I breed bearded dragons and had them in that tank. When they are ready to lay eggs, they dig like crazy. I just haven't seen them rip away the silicone before. Damn Dragons!!
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75 gallon? just re-seal it . not that hard to do .
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Old 11-12-2009, 04:49 PM   #5
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Does resealing mean, removing all visible silicone (in entire tank) and putting an altogether fresh coat of silicone on or can one patch just that seam?
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Old 11-12-2009, 05:56 PM   #6
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Yeah, I guess it's the best bet. It's not that big of a job.

Yes, You have to remove all of the old silicone and replace it all. Silicone that sticks to silicone would be nice though. I have done plenty of 10g tanks before when I worked a big LFS. This will be the first time on a 75. I guess you just have to work a little faster.
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:46 PM   #7
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i would say that if the silicone is bad on just one seam then just pull apart one panel and clean the silicone off of all those matting edges. no need to pull the whole tank apart.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:45 AM   #8
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I am a reptile breeder converted fresh/marine aquarium addict/professional, so I know what some of those herps can do the seams of a tank. I think that you have to weigh the potential risk, then decide. I have aquired many abused tanks so if I am not sure if they hold water they get setup in my basement with concrete floor and drain. On my hardwood floors upstairs...risky? What if the tank has a slow leak? Will you have a place to transfer the inhabitants safely so repairs can be made? I have also patched questionable seams without redoing the whole tank. IMHO that seam doesn't apear too bad, make sure the tank is leveled b4 filling and be able to watch for slow leaks.
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:42 AM   #9
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Yeah, those little guys do some work on the seems when you're not looking. I took out all of the silicon tonight. Every last bit. I guess it took about 2 hours so that wasn't too bad. I cleaned up every last drop. I will put the new silicone on tomorrow afternoon. Fridays for me are half days at work! 4 9s and a 4. every week! Thinking about filling it up Sunday night. I might take Monday off to set it up.
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Did you just take out the exposed silicone. Or did you take the glass panels apart?

Just curious, I'm planning on resealing a 38 gallon and am nervous about how much work it will be.
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:21 AM   #11
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IMO, it isnt worth the risk. Unless you have sealed glass panes like this in the past.
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:28 AM   #12
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Just the exposed silicone. No need to take the panels apart This tank is only about 6 years old. Just try not to dig at the primary silicone seal between the panels to much.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:43 PM   #13
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I sealed it Friday and filled it today. Here are some updated pics!
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:17 AM   #14
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All good so far?
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:23 PM   #15
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Yeah, all is good. I waited 48 hours before adding water. I hooked up my xp3 last night and am getting ready now to transfer some HC, Dwarf Hairgrass, Lace plant and wisteria from my other tank. Maybe some swords and dwarf sag also.
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