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Little bit of Help with a reseal

After a devastating family loss last year, I have finally started keeping up with my tank again. I was bored a few days ago and stumbled across a great find on craigslist for an amazing price, I decided to upgrade to really give myself that push I wanred back into the hobby. Took it home and started to clean and do a leak test and it has a small leak.

Now I know that its the best idea to just do all the seams, especially since the tank is almost 19 years old according to its manufacturers date. But the tank is not square! Its trapezoid! Does the reseal work the sameway? All the videos I have seen are on square tanks.

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I grew up in Union City, just up the hill from Hoboken and I remember there being lots of "trapezoids" down there, but never an aquatic one. Is this significantly out of line at assembly or is this a flat-back hexagon that you're working with? A picture would help a bit.

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These pics are before I picked it up and cleaned it for 2 hours yesterday. Its like 40 to 50 gallons.
I live in bayonne which no one knows where it is ever. Hence the Hobokenish location lol
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Ahhhh, I got around. I know or at least knew Bayonne well. Famous for a bar on every single corner for many decades, lol!

Thats' a flat-backed hexagon. Trapezoid works too, but in aquarium terms it's a FBH. But in any case, resealing would work the same way. Do you know where the leak is?

If you remove the rim to reseal it, be careful. It won't be as easy to replace as the trim on standard rectangles. Don't cheap out, buy a tube of aquarium silicone instead of the GE sealants. They are different and the price isn't as different as it used to be.

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I've resealed four stainless steel framed tanks but not a flat back hex tank like yours. My guess would be that it would be the same and your taping of the joints would be the key. Remove all of the old silicone and clean thoroughly with denatured alcohol to make sure you have good bonding surfaces. Use silicone that contains no mildew inhibitors (GE silicone I) Good luck!


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Taping of the joints?
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Taping of the joints?
Blue painter's tape applied to either side of the seam to achieve a uniform bead uniform and won't let you over-taper it.
There's a complication with the front of a hex though. The front seams are set at a much shallower angle. So that it would be really easy to starve the seam of silicone, but at the same time it can't be too thick. A tough balancing act.

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Aaah ha. I hadnt gotten that far on the videos for how to do this. Just watched while the scraped all the insides out. Is it really that big of a difference between the aquarium stuff and the silicone you buy at the hardware store?

Bump: Aaah ha. I hadnt gotten that far on the videos for how to do this. Just watched while the scraped all the insides out. Is it really that big of a difference between the aquarium stuff and the silicone you buy at the hardware store?
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Aaah ha. I hadnt gotten that far on the videos for how to do this. Just watched while the scraped all the insides out. Is it really that big of a difference between the aquarium stuff and the silicone you buy at the hardware store?

Bump: Aaah ha. I hadnt gotten that far on the videos for how to do this. Just watched while the scraped all the insides out. Is it really that big of a difference between the aquarium stuff and the silicone you buy at the hardware store?
I've used both and there's a distinct difference in the smell of the GE sealants. The acetic acid smell that comes from the true aquarium silicone will curl the hairs in your nose (and do funny things to your brainwaves). The odor of the GE sealants is just different. That simply tell sme the two aren't the same. So to save a few $ per tube, just doesn't make sense to me. There was a time when the GE sealants were $3 per tube. Depending on where you buy, it's anywhere from $6 to $9. As an example Ken's sells Perfecto silicone for $8. I know you have to spend $75 for free shipping, but Even Amazon Prime costs $12 for AGA silicone.

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