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I just bought a 125 gallon tank. My intention is to put my 5 aquatic turtles inside, but the bottom has been repaired. It still has the warning label about not drilling it because it's tempered glass. It had 2 hairline fractures in separate corners, that the aquarium store told him to seal smaller panes of glass on top of (which he did). The fractures were small, the repairs are less than 5 inches square. Other than the repairs the tank is brand new.

He says it holds water, but will it be safe to use? I honestly can't see the fractures looking in from the top and my turtles are much more likely to survive should the repairs fail than a tank of fish; but I don't want to risk them. Any advice?
 

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The tank is new, but it is defective. Ease your mind. Take it back for a refund.
I didn't purchase it new from a store, bought it from the guy who repaired it, he wanted a different tank, with the ports for a sump, and decided to just buy a new one instead. It got the damage while he was transporting it. So I can't just take it back. : (
 

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I have never seen tempered glass crack, it shatters into a gazillion tiny pieces. Are you sure the label specifies that the bottom is tempered and not the sides?

Do you know who manufactures the aquarium?
I don't know the manufacturer, but the sticker is still on the bottom that says 'This Bottom is Tempered Glass for strength and reliability NO NOT DRILL'

The guys wife or gf or whatever said scratches, but he said hairline fractures. not sure which it is. The repairs could have been done cleaner, though I've seen worse repairs. :/
 

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I uploaded a picture of each repair into an album, maybe it will help. The repairs could be cleaner, but I've seen worse.
 

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I looked at your album pics of the repaired? sections and I definitely do see the labels stating the glass is tempered.

Now all you need to do is flip the tank so the bottom is up and take some pics, though they may not be noticeable with all the silicone smeared between the patch & tank bottom.

It is very possible that they were only deep scratches and not cracks since the bottom is tempered. Heck, it could have been strands of silicone from the original build and the guy you bought the tank from was an idiot and thought they were cracks.
New pics are loaded.
 

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New pics are loaded.
Just realized I probably should have stuck some white paper on the back side so you could see it all better... >.<
 

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Tempered glass can't have hairline cracks, or any other kind of cracks. If it is even deeply scratched it shatters completely. Cracks are not possible.
So, you think the guy saw something he thought were cracks/scratches and 'repaired' them? Because that would be awesome if he just overreacted to nothing.
 

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I enlarged your pics and I think they are just scratches.

I would still fill it, outside if you can, just to verify it holds water properly.

I did say in my 1st post that tempered glass shatters and doesn't crack but I have not personally experienced it with an aquarium.

I have accidentally shattered a large piece of tempered I got with a used 55G tank that had been used for a lid. I'm still picking glass pieces out of the garage from last year, some of which landed on top of cabinets and the garage door opener.
Yes, definitely outside! I need to buy/build a stand for it though too.
 

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Thanks everyone, for all your advice. I think he may have overreacted to a scratch, I will test the tank to make sure it holds water for at least 24 hours before setting it up indoors. I'll put it on the back porch to test. And then, if it holds water, I'll purchase a stand instead of trying to make one.
 
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