i was gifted a 60 gallon tank, stand, and old eheim canister filter. Dimensions are 47.25x15.75x19.5 inches. 1/4 inch glass. I have a few questions concerning its condition.
It was saltwater for 8-10 years.It was bought new and moved about 4 - 5 times. It has had 1 leak which you will see from the pics below. Allthough it was fixed (with white silicone as you can see in the first pic below
) and has not leaked since which has been about 3 years. I saw it filled about 2 months ago when my friend said he was getting ready to move to a larger tank and that I could have this if I wanted it for $0
. I finally got it home last week, and i started to clean it. It needs a little more love (stand needs alot of love) and should be good to go if you guys think I could use it. Here are my issues from not to bad to possible deal breaker.
1. First issue is just making sure it is clean and OK for what I would plan to be freshwater fish, plants and inverts. It had alot of algae so Getting the glass clean will be alot of work, but shouldnt be an issue. However, how would I be sure if it is 100% clean. Im using water/viniger now. As you can see in the pic below, there is alot of sand "stuck" in the silicone.
2. It is "rimless" but has a "frame". He had HO lights that connected to the frame. I would need some way to have the top covered as I have bad cats so an open top tank is not an option. Any DIY ideas or something that they sell for this purpose? And what are the twopieces off glass near the top for?
3. The one leak he had was halfway down the corner of the tank, and he used white silicone to fix it. Its fine now, however it looks horrible since the rest of the tank is black silicone. How do i go about redoing the seal? Can i get away with cutting out only the white silicone or do i have to do that whole corner? I have never resealed a tank before.
4. Lastly, two of the corners have "chips" in them. They seem OK to me but i dont know anything lol. Any one see this as an issue?
Soonest i would set this tank up is september, as I dont have the room for it now. We may not even move this year so it may be in my parents garage for a while. Luckily they dont mind.
However Im house sitting for them for two weeks as they are on vacation and I would like to do any work on this tank now since ill be kinda bored after work. So if you guys think the corners of the tank are OK then i would like to clean, reseal the one side with black silicone, paint the back of the tank black, start pricing lights/hoods (or thinking of diy projects) and cleaning up the stand.
Thanks for reading