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Chipped 50 gallon

Found this tank for free on Craigslist. I didn't know it had two nice size chips in the corners but grabbed it anyway. Would it be safe to fill them with epoxy and tested okay outside ? If not it will most likely become my first palludarium /viquarium. First two images are the chip on the back and the last two are the one on the front.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-12-2015, 11:56 AM
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To me it still looks safe to reuse. Does it leak as is? The rear chip looks iffy, I don't think the tank will bust out or anything, but might leak slowly, but a good amount of silicone in it should seal it. I think just a reseal and it will be fine filled all the way.

I have a 20 gallon high that has a chip bigger than those pictured and it doesn't leak, didn't need to reseal either. But that is a 20gal, a 50gal is a lot more force on the panes and corners.

Fill it up as is, see for any leaks. If back corner leaks, reseal or just make another overflow at that corner (functional or not, with the overflow blocking the water, that actual tank corner has less force pushing against it).

Can't really lose either way unless the tank goes blow out (at least you can salvage some glass to DIY a small tank or make glass tops/lids. Vivariums/Paludariums are cool.
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I would clean it out really good and water test it. Be sure it's well supported on a level surface. If it doesn't leak you should be okay to use it as is. I would not put new silicone over the old, it doesn't stick well to the old silicone. If you choose to re-seal it you need to do the whole tank and clean the old silicone and it's residue completely off the glass. Filling it the chips?, I've never done that.



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