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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-12-2012, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Emergency!

My tank is leaking from one of the seams. What do i do!?
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1. get off your computer and find a clean bucket or container.
2. siphon your water from the top of the tank to a clean container.
3. transfer your plants and livestock to the new container
4. transfer the filter and use an airstone there as well.
5. move substrate to a separate container after all the livestock has been transferred.
6. get a new tank and work backwards.


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1. get off your computer and find a clean bucket or container.
2. siphon your water from the top of the tank to a clean container.
3. transfer your plants and livestock to the new container
4. transfer the filter and use an airstone there as well.
5. move substrate to a separate container after all the livestock has been transferred.
6. get a new tank and work backwards.
+1

Or depending on condition of rest of seam location etc repair that area

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I wish it were that easy to just go get a new tank...
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Try some duct tape to slow the leaking if you can.

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I wish it were that easy to just go get a new tank...
believe me, I know. repair may be an option

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I've drained it, moved all fish and plants to buckets and pat-dried the area. I've got tubes of aquarium safe silicone. Just gonna wait til it's as dry as i can get it and see about sealing it.
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I've drained it, moved all fish and plants to buckets and pat-dried the area. I've got tubes of aquarium safe silicone. Just gonna wait til it's as dry as i can get it and see about sealing it.
where is the seam failing?

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About half way up the tank. It's a small one. I could see it flowing out about 2 or 3 drops per second.
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What Size tank? I might be able to help you out.

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if its a petco tank, they have warrentees.
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Oh shoot Yea you can repair that. cut out the silicone about an inch to two inch section away from the leak spot clean thoroughly and reapply silicone. smooth and let dry. good thing you caught it!

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i was under the impression that silicone does not stick to cured silicone
it might be best to clean the outer layer off really well on that one corner and reapply a fresh new bead.

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i was under the impression that silicone does not stick to cured silicone
it might be best to clean the outer layer off really well on that one corner and reapply a fresh new bead.
I read that somewhere then also read that silicone readily bonds to silicone... Thats how I repaired my nano I built zero issues.

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it doesnt like to stick to any thats already cured so if it doesnt work u will have to redo it. also what size tank we talking about here?
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