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Should I reseal this tank?

This week I aquired a 10 gallon tank from a customer. I'm a cable technician/guy and the previous homeowner had left a bunch of stuff behind. I asked the new homeowner if I could take the tank off his hands and he said sure.

Anyway, the tank has a sticker on it that says "inspected 1996", which is when it was made. I currently have the tank sitting outside, full of water to test for leaks. After one day it's still holding.

How long should I let the tank sit full of water before I can be sure that the seals are good?

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It should be safe to use since it hasn't leaked. However, if you are really worried about it, then just reseal it. its only a 10g tank. it be a piece of cake.


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I have a 55 gallon that I bought 17 years ago.. Don't know when it was built(bought it new) and it still holds water.. The silicon holding it together is still in great shape.

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Ok, that makes me feel better. The silicone seal on the tank looks really good.

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A 10 is much lighter even when filled with water, so the silicone is much less stressed. Ought to hold up a long time.

I have tanks that are about that old, 10-20 gallons, and they are fine.

The ones I am having problems with are a few I acquired from someone who kept them outside, subject to the hot and cold of being in a barn, dry. I have been able to reseal only one of them (the shallowest), I think I have to totally rebuild the other 2. The seams have popped open more than once, when all I did was reseal.
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If its holding water, your more than likely good to go. However, if it did have a leaky seal, in my opinion, a 10g is not worth it. Just get a new one. I have resealed a 55g and a partial seal repair to my 90g tank. To get a good quality seal job, it takes a bit of work and patience. Its much easier and less of a hassle to just buy a new 10g if need be. Especially during the $1 sale when petco runs it. On a bigger tank, I am definitely on board with resealing. Anything less than 20g, I wouldn't bother. I would break the tank down and use it for scrap glass.

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Ok thanks. The tank held water outside for 3 days, so yesterday I brought it inside and cleaned it. On a side note, I quit my job that allowed me to get the tank.

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Hopefully to take a better job.

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