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Eclipse repair?

I have a 29 gallon Eclipse (my java jungle) that seems to leak along the top of the frame. There are constantly hard water lines along the back and the side of the tank. The tank has been up and running for something like 2 years, so I don't want to take it all the way down, unless I have to.
Has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone know a good way to fix it? Maybe I should just run a bead of silicone along the outside of the frame, but I am afraid it will look like crap and not set right if the tank is damp when I apply it.
Maybe I should just tear the tank down and replace the damn thing. My fiance has told me if I take it down that she doesn't want another one set up, so my only option is to fix it or just replace the tank itself with another crappy Eclipse. At least that way I can call it a "repair" rather than a new tank.
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Stop me if this is old news. I'm not too familiar with the Eclipse systems, but if they are like the small acrylics tank I have had, it sounds like a common problem I've run into. The top black rim of plastic can often act as a syphon in some areas, and will continue to 'leak' until the water level drops below the lower part of the rim. I thought a couple of my tanks were cracked until I discovered this. Silicone should work to stop this, but I have never actually tried it.

My quick fix is to simply pop the rim up to break the syphon. The syphon shouldn't start unless the water level gets rather high, so I try to avoid these situations that way. I suppose another solution might be completely remove the top rim and drill small holes into it to avoid a syphon starting, but this is also unproven.

Hope this helps.

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are you running an eclipse in-hood filter? if yes then I have a very easy fix for you... clean the filter and don't use anything more than the cartridges that are made for it or something similar in thickness. my mother has an eclipse 1 hood that made me think her 20g XH was leaking... I tore it down, moved the fish, got her another identical tank, set it back up, and it was "leaking" again... I was really really mad at perfecto at that point. I then listened to the dripping coming from the back of the tank, and finally traced it to the filter tray where the filter pad sits... it had accumulated extra mulm after a rescaping / gravel vaccuming a few days earlier, and had clogged up to the point where water was trickling over the back edge, and instead of falling into the tank (as it should were these systems designed properly) it spills onto the back frame and down the back of the tank. If you're not using this style filter, then disgregard this post


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