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DIY Aquarium HELP!

Last night I siliconed my aquarium together. Today I have a tiny tiny leak. Should I just do a reseal or take the whole thing apart and try again?
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Eventually they seal themselves. How bad is the leak? And where?

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It's on the front side corner. About 2 inches up from the bottom. Two little beads roll up. Probably would take a month to drain from it.

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Take it all apart and redo it. Make sure you remove all the silicone and clean the surfaces really well.

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I would take it all apart and redo the silicone. The last thing you want is the contents of your aquarium on the floor.

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Have had 75 gal of water suddenly dump onto carpeted living room from what started as tiny leak.
I would re-seal and be sure and remove all of the old silicone as mentioned.
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Last night I siliconed my aquarium together. Today I have a tiny tiny leak. Should I just do a reseal or take the whole thing apart and try again?
What sealant did you use, and how did you seal it?

You sealed it last night, and already have water in it, am I understanding this correctly?

Best way is to drain the tank, and either cut out the silicone bead and run more in its place, or to pull that pane off and redo it.

Even five gallons is a lot of water when it's on the floor, and water can work it's way into the leaking spot over time and very suddenly make things much worse..
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What sealant did you use, and how did you seal it?

You sealed it last night, and already have water in it, am I understanding this correctly?

Best way is to drain the tank, and either cut out the silicone bead and run more in its place, or to pull that pane off and redo it.

Even five gallons is a lot of water when it's on the floor, and water can work it's way into the leaking spot over time and very suddenly make things much worse..
I siliconed it the day before around 4 and then water tested it the next day around noon. That should have been fine. I used GE silicone 1. The take dimensions are 41x12x10 = 21 gallons. I've scrapped off enough silicone to do a reseal. It's seems like it will be pretty difficult to break it down and start over.
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How did you seal it? Did you do it with gaps and fill, beads and stick, etc...
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How did you seal it? Did you do it with gaps and fill, beads and stick, etc...
No, I didn't do the injection method. I started to but it wasn't working well. I basically did this. https://youtu.be/O2VhiH3Ou0w?t=38s
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I have cleaned up this thread once. Please stay on topic guys.

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I've decided to to tear it down and start again. I've already got one panel off and cleaned it pretty good.
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I've decided to to tear it down and start again. I've already got one panel off and cleaned it pretty good.
Yeah, it's a pain, but usually the best way... I've had to tear down a couple myself after building up what looked like solid seals...
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I got all the panels off but not without chipping it. Nothing too bad I think. Just on the edges. there is a half dime size chip on the bottom panel I'm sorta worried about. I'm thinking of getting a new bottom panel.
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A new panel would be the best bet, that way you aren't worrying about that spot.

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