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tank leak, need some advice

So, of course once my tank is all set up, pretty and the plants are starting to take hold, my 20l sprang a leak, which is off course in the bottom corner. Ive drained the tank and moved out my fish and plants but havent taken out the substrate (i had to go to work, worst time for a leak). So I havent been able to see exactly what is going on but I am assuming it is a silicone leak.

Im trying to decide if I should just go out and spend the $45 on a new 20l or if I should spend the time fixing this one. My concern is my rummynose and kuhli's both of which are in seperate rubbermaids (3g, though not full so more like 2). They are very stressed out and I worry about keeping them in those containers for the next few days (2 days to cure, plus water tests, so probably 4 daysish).

Am I worrying for nothing and should just try and patch it up and pray it works? Or should I just go out and grab a tank, maybe fix this one and suck up the $45 cost?

Decisions, decisions... I dont know many fishy people so I wanted to hear from some like minded peoples.
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Do you have a spare filter?


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I dont, I only have 1 sponge filter atm.
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Air stone thingy?


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I do have an air stone thingy (that's the correct technical term right? :P )
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Indeed. The scientific term they deemed it upon creation. Anyway you can go to....target? Walmart? A local store.... To get a bigger tub. They have nice size one for cheap and I've never had any problems with the plastic leaching or casualties and ive had my inhabitants in one for a week or so. I'm talking about those storage tubs. Anyway.. Throw your air stone In it...on of course.... If you've got some plants those will help too. Java moss or something. Completely dry your tank out and apply GE silicone one and smooth it down with your finger. You can trim the remainder with an xacto knife when it's dried. That's my two cents


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thanks, I actually have a tub or two kicking around that I can clean out. Im just paranoid that I wont fix it properly and will leak again lol. Ive never had to fix a leaky tank before.
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Just get the silicone an apply it generously to both sides of leak. Run finger along the crease of inside if the tank smearing the silicone in the cracks. On the outside put a dab of silicone over the leaky spot and rub it in good with your finger then wipe off the excess quickly.


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No problem silicone is strong stuff.


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I would go get another tank. Does not need to be as big as the main tank, but big enough. Then the fish can stay there longer so you can be sure of fixing the main tank right.

Then you will have the other tank for a quarantine tank.

Move over to the Q-tank all the fish and the filter together. The fish are producing the ammonia that the bacteria in the filter need to survive, and the bacteria are removing the ammonia that can kill the fish.
Move the plants over to the Q-tank, and do something to keep them well lit. Probably the light for the larger tank, even though it will not fit right. It is just temporary.

Silicone does not stick well to old silicone. If you try patching it make sure the glass and the old silicone are REALLY CLEAN, including all possible skin oils. Wipe it all down really well with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
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Oh and make sure to clean the area where you'll be applying it. Sometimes an algae film can build up and itll interfere with the silicone's grip


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Well I found the leak, aka crack completely across the bottom. No idea how that happened, it was on a flat surface that I cleaned beforehand and there wasn't a lot of heavy items in there.

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Looks like you'll need a new tank :/


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