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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-16-2013, 04:54 AM Thread Starter
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How bad is this?

A couple weeks ago I set up a new tank, a 56 gal column Marineland. A couple days ago I noticed three white spots along one of the joints where the side plate of glass meets the front one. They start about 3 inches from the bottom, about 1/2" size. I checked the tank pictures I took while setting it up and found they were not there with the empty and half full tank and showed up right after topping it up. If the image is clear enough, they look like a scattering of tiny bubbles in the silicone between the glass surfaces. It doesn't look like they grew over these 2 weeks compared to the pictures I took back then, and they haven't changed at all in the couple days since I took a close-up.

So, how worried should I be? Obviously I don't want all that water on my floor...
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I can't say for sure that the joint is failing, but that doesn't look good. I know it's a hassle, but if it's a new tank I would exchange or return it if possible.

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i agree with Indychus

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If I have to question how bad something is, I would be uneasy with myself no matter others opinions. Take it back if you can or resilicone it. It'll make you sleep better at night, guaranteed

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I would totally drain that tank and return it. Even if that's a giant PITA, that's far better than damaging your home with 56 gallons of water on the floor and killing everything in your tank.


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Return it. Peace of mind is priceless.

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+1 56 gallons is a whole lot more than you think it is,, especially when its all over your house
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