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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-16-2014, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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woke up to a disaster

So I woke up this morning and found my 125 gal tank had split a seam


After I got off of work I started resealing it











In 48-72 hr I will let you no how the leak test goes

The tank was set up and no fish were lost luckly.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-16-2014, 02:36 AM
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No joke, my 125G did the SAME thing less than a month ago, same tank with the stupid miter cut trim around the top. Admittedly yours is in better shape than mine, I just keep it full of guppies in my garage. I resealed it, let it sit for about 4 days and filled it up. All was well, for giggles I put my two Emperor 400's on it. Immediately another seam started pulling away. I caught it and clamped it back together, putting silicone back in the crack that opened up just in case. I also used plastic bond epoxy on the top trim in the miter cut since it seemed like the trim pulled apart and took the glass with it. I wound up getting 2 1.5" 4' pieces of steel and bending them so they went around the corners of the trim, and clamped them on with JB Weld epoxy to hold them. I really, really don't want to have to clean all that up again. Good luck!
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Yea I plan to reinforce the cornors some how. Cleaning 100 gal out of carpet was not fun.
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Here is what I used to put the trim back together:

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...d=plastic+weld

When the epoxy starts to set it heats the plastic and melts it together.

To re-inforce it I used two of these:

http://www.menards.com/main/tools-ha...275-c-9215.htm

Bent them in two spots each with a vise and hammer. The middle was 19" exactly for the sides of your tank, I put 12" on the back and the rest on the front since the big Emperor 400's barely fit on there anyway I didn't want any more width there to complicate things. Here's the epoxy I used to attach them:

http://www.menards.com/main/home-dec...772-c-7171.htm
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Google Eurobracing.

Even if the corners are glued together, the stress point is still the water pressure bowing out the middle of the tank. Newer 125G's have one-piece trim with two cross braces for a reason. FWIW, I had one of those tanks. The panels are leaning up against the wall in the den waiting for me to summon the guts to cut 1/2" glass.

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Who manufactured your tanks?
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Honestly the best thing you can do once a seam goes, is redo the whole tank since its down and out of commission anyways. If one goes, the likely hood that another will go is high. Silicone does not last forever so when it goes, replace it all. Yes its alot more labor intense but its worth it. Use masking tape and it makes the job so much neater but it also increases the workload. Its worth it in the end. You get nice seams and you get a better sense of security by giving the tank its second life.

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yea I replaced all silicone, and made the visible seams larger then that were. I am also planning to reinforce the corners.
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Filled the tank today. It's holding water. I have the sump going ( simulating normal operation) I am going to monitor it for a couple of days before setting it up completely
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