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resealing a 75

i been doing some search on google on *what silicone is safe*.
some people say this, some say that... one say use GE 1 the other say dont.

GE has change their silicone around a bit during the pass yrs thats what i heard.

so the question is which GE window and door clear silicone should i USE?

this the one i been looking at
http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1

and here the other one

http://www.lowes.com/pd_47209-72643-...one&facetInfo=

how many tube do i need for a 75g?
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I don't know how many tubes, but you can always return one if you buy to many.

They are both 100% silicone so both suitable for your job.


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After taken out all the silicone I found a problem.
Back bottom left corner there a small chip on the left side glass.


Will this small chip be a problem in the future?
This chip got me thinking now. Don't know if I want to set it up now.
Hopefully someone can give me a good answer.


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How big is the chip actually? It's hard to tell from the picture. Personally, I don't think it will be a problem as long as it's not too large a chip.

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turn your panel around, so the chip is up.
maybe take a pic with the whole panel on it and point where the chip is.


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Chipped glass scares me. Hidden in the chip can be a flaw that turns into a crack and runs.
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The first pic show how big it is, its on top of a blade.
It's at the corner bottom.
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More pic, can't really zoom in if I do pic will be blah.

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I still don't think it will be a problem unless the hole goes all the way to the outside of the tank where the chipped piece is missing.

I didn't realize the 1st pic you showed was using a single edge razor blade as a size reference. That definitely helps show the chip size.

If you are still unsure if it would be safe, you can always purchase some 5 minute epoxy and fill the hole prior to applying new silicone sealant. That would make it a permanent repair.

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Thanks dee, ill look into the epoxy see if I really need it.
The chip is small but just wanna make sure things doesn't go wrong since this tank going in the other living room.
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Chipped glass scares me. Hidden in the chip can be a flaw that turns into a crack and runs.
What he said.

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Thanks dee, ill look into the epoxy see if I really need it.
The chip is small but just wanna make sure things doesn't go wrong since this tank going in the other living room.
Hi - good luck with your re-do. I have had mixed results personally. I know it's a *very* long read but you should take a look at:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...lass-tank.html

It's a sticky at the top of this subforum. You will learn much. And you will be persuaded to locate RTV 108 silicone on E-bay instead of the GE door and window at Lowes. It's more money but it's more suitable for the job and you will sleep better having used it. Scolley says at the end of the day had he known that this sealant was translucent and not clear he would have used the black version instead. BTW Grainger also sells it if you have one local to you.

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/GEN...Silicone-4UH12

Good luck!
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Tank already seal with GE, ill give the tank a leak test in 4 days.
If think leak ill swap silicone.


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I used GE Window and Door 1 on a 45 gallon tank almost two months ago, and it has been great. No leaks, and the fish are fine. I by mistake bought white rather than clear and it worked fine. The tank is in my basement, so it doesn't matter.
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And you will be persuaded to locate RTV 108 silicone on E-bay instead of the GE door and window at Lowes. BTW Grainger also sells it if you have one local to you.
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/GEN...Silicone-4UH12

www.mcmaster.com also have it, they are quick to ship and they have it in 10 oz caulk type tubes for reasonable. Also a great source for hoses in interesting materials, silicone, teflon etc. And o-rings too.
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