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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-18-2013, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Tank Chip Advice

I scored a 90 gallon tank off craigslist that has a chip in it and I'm struggling on whether or not I should use it. The chip itself is probably the size of a nickle, on the inside, and about 5 inches from the top of the tank. I've had it in the garage full of water for the last 4 months and there have not been any leaks.

Any thoughts? I'll try and get a picture of it later today.
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Seeing it would really give a better determination, that high up though... May not be a huge deal, but any chip means a weakened area

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I was wrong, it's about two inches from the top.

From outside the tank.


Inside


In relation to the top of the tank.
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That high up there shouldn't be as much pressure, but that's a nasty looking chip.

If it was on the outside edge not into the silicone, I wouldn't worry if it was me, however being on the inside and into the silicone that is worrisome... Though if it's been holding water.. That's a tough one, personally I might try and find another :-/

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Yeah that's what worries me. I'm thinking I may throw it back up on craigslist for someone who is willing to take the chance or for someone to use it as a reptile tank.
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How about using it as a riparium and just keep the water level below the chip?

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Or you could repair the chip using epoxy. You would need to remove the interior fillet of silicone in order to apply the epoxy.

Versachem makes a 5 minute epoxy (#4609) that cures clear, 5 minute set time and super high strength (1500 PSI). I got it at an auto part store and used it to repair a chipped/crumbling area on the outside corner of a tank.

Of course you will need to re-silicone that vertical joint on the tank properly.

The procedure is very easy to do and if it was my tank, that is what I would do.

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Or you could repair the chip using epoxy. You would need to remove the interior fillet of silicone in order to apply the epoxy.

Versachem makes a 5 minute epoxy (#4609) that cures clear, 5 minute set time and super high strength (1500 PSI). I got it at an auto part store and used it to repair a chipped/crumbling area on the outside corner of a tank.

Of course you will need to re-silicone that vertical joint on the tank properly.

The procedure is very easy to do and if it was my tank, that is what I would do.
Wouldn't I need to redo the silicone on the whole tank?
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The Stoner Invisible Glass Windshield Chip Repair Kit at most auto parts stores for 20 bucks makes a nice repair and is ez to use.

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If you were careful and didn't cut into the fillet near the bottom of the tank, just replacing the silicone along the front and side panes is doable.

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This question is a little off topic, but when you say fillet, is that like a fillet of fish or is it pronounced fill-it?
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Fill-it.

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