Well from the looks of those pictures, the person who attempted the fix did not "reseal" the tank. They just laid new silicone on top of the problem area......
That is exactly what I thought, when I got a closer look at it. Also, on further inspection the top rim on one side is seriously scraped up, and the bottom corner of trim on other end has a chip- in my mind that indicates the tank got bumped, shoved against something, or had an impact. Makes me worried it was weakened on the bottom seam from rough handling.
I agree the tank does look good in that nook.....but you dont have much room for error there either. I dont think I see enough room behind the tank for any HOB filter or anything of that nature. Also wonder if there is even enough room for tubing to go between tank and wall if you were to use a canister filter?
There's exactly 1.75" between tank and wall, and the back of stand is open. I was planning to use a canister. Granted it's still tight to work around and I'm also nervous that the outlet is directly behind the tank. Is there a way to shield an outlet from drips/splashes?
I've seen that one at my local chain. I don't like the stand it's on- any stand with legs or feet I think is going to dent my flooring over time. I'd feel better if the entire bottom edge of stand was flush with floor. Heartland tanks I see lots of bad reviews with bottom seam giving way. This older tank seemed a safer bet.
But maybe I will eat my loss, try and find another 10yr 60g in better shape to go on the stand. Or get a 50H for the same space- it's still big enough for the fish I want and will be easier to work around leaving room on the sides...
Um, I don't really trust myself to attempt the reseal. I'm good with plants, not so much the mechanical stuff. I have used AQ sealant to fix cracked fitting for an HOB, to make a hinged lid out of two sheets of glass, and more recently to try and patch up a broken ceramic planter outside. My lid worked out ok. My fixes on the HOB fitting and the planter leaked. I don't want to risk failing with 60g of water behind it....
I feel awful stupid for buying the thing now. Especially since someone advised me against it.