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Unhappy 5 gallon planted leaking!

So today I noticed my 5 gallon planted has started to leak. My friend had this tank set up for about a year and never had problems. I get it and set it up for about a month. It begins to leak. I posted a link to it below. What do I do? I have a ten gallon and a bowl set up already. Well I have a 55, but it has 3 small catfish and a small oscar in it. I have a dario, maybe two, and shrimps.

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EDIT: Forgot to mention. I know how to take care of a leaking aquarium. But what to do with what is in it.



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I'd pull the inhabitants and plop them in a large rubbermaid container with a heater and small water pump for a few days while I got the tank thing figured out. You can uproot the plants and float them on top if need be, gives them at least a little light, and the fish and shrimp, with a heater and water movement should be fine for a while.


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Try to determine where the leak is. If its in the top 50% of the aquarium then its not that huge of a problem. Follow what Pooky said and remove all livestock. Then drain the water to under where the leak is. Dry it off as best you can with a paper towel and if you want it fixed asap use a blowdryer. Then, scrape off the leaky silicon or use silicon remover (I would scrape it off to avoid chemicals). Re-silicon the area and let it thoroughly dry before filling the water back up. Check for any leakage and then re-introduce the livestock.

If its under the 50% mark, you're gonna have to either empty the entire tank or drain as much as possible so you're under the leak. If that were the case I would consider just emptying the entire tank and re-siliconing the entire thing so you won't have to be worried about leaks for another 5 years or so. In that case you'll have to remove everything, perhaps relocate to other tanks as this would take a week or so. Then use vinegar to clean off the tank and re-silicon it.
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It is the bottom 50% and in the back where the filter is. I will just locate to the ten gallon and the bowl. I also been meaning to setup a 29 gallon or something similar. I guess I have my excuse then. ;P



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I have the same problem with my 20G. The leak is coming from the bottom right front corner.

I realized when I place a towel tissue between the gap of the front glass and the tank stand. Overnight the tissue is a little moistened.

Does anyone know of this is the correct silcone to buy?

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I have the same problem with my 20G. The leak is coming from the bottom right front corner.

I realized when I place a towel tissue between the gap of the front glass and the tank stand. Overnight the tissue is a little moistened.

Does anyone know of this is the correct silcone to buy?

E_bay Item number: 260749341356
It does say 100% silicone, but I've seen GE silicones that's also labeled 100%, but at the same time it says anti-microbial in small letters at the back.

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Be sure it's not the HOB. I've had two of them in the past overflow out the back side when the media was plugged up pretty bad. They were tilted forward some but just not enough to keep them from doing it.
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I had a small tank leaking from the bottom which I tried to silicone. It eventually got to bad and I just had to replace the tank. Good luck. I would say better safe than sorry and go for a new tank.
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I found out that it was leaking at the front, right side of the tank. It was about 1-1/2" below the mid point of the tank height. The leak was not too bad

I found a Loctite Clear Adhesive Silicone for Aquariums I bought form Fosters and Smith few years ago and Ive used only a bit of it.

I drained the water and stop at the level about 1/2 inch below where the leak is coming. Then run silicone along the edges all the way from top to bottom, let it dry for a while and blow a hair dryer for 20 mins on the spot where the hole is and fill the water after an hour. I cant wait for 48 hrs for silicone to cure because the plants are not submerse and the moss wall begins to dry out.


I constantly check the condition and so far the leak has stopped.
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