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post #1 of 14 Old 01-01-2013, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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Help! Tank has chip

I feel so stupid. I thought I checked it over good enough before I bought it. I noticed tonight a chip on my 35 gallon. Its help water fine for 24 hours. I do not notice any leaks nor do I notice any silicone coming through. I dont have the money to replace it or have it repaired unless theres as cheap way to do it at home. Its 1/2 an inch in length and 1/4 inch in width. Not sure how deep but the glass is 1/4 inch thick and the chip at the deepest point is no where near half of 1/4 inch.

The guy I bought it from likely wont give me some money back

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post #2 of 14 Old 01-01-2013, 03:24 AM
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Where in the world are you?

We have a company here in the UK called autoglass. Fixes chips in car windows. Using some kind of epoxy resin or something. Either look for a similar company, it's Really cheap to have it fixed! Or find the resin. Just call the company and find out if it's aquarium same, no doubt someone here will know.

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Where in the world are you?

We have a company here in the UK called autoglass. Fixes chips in car windows. Using some kind of epoxy resin or something. Either look for a similar company, it's Really cheap to have it fixed! Or find the resin. Just call the company and find out if it's aquarium same, no doubt someone here will know.

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They charge easily $100 to do that, I just did the shield of the car :(
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Haha really?!?! Equivalently it's like $13 here for small chips. Buy the stuff yourself then. Or clear aquarium silicone- though structurally I'D prefer the resin.
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Haha really?!?! Equivalently it's like $13 here for small chips. Buy the stuff yourself then. Or clear aquarium silicone.
I found this stuff here locally The Home Depot Canada is this what I need?

As for the silicone I just use the stuff from the aquarium supply shop? Do I use the epoxy resin on the outside and add some extra silicone on the inside right where the chip is?

Or just leave it?
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I can't find that product. Website says "we're making some changes blah blah"

Well any chip in glass can fracture and split with heat changes or stress, which the water could put on it, so personally I would want to put it directly into the chip to fix it. Which is why you need to find out if it's aqua safe.
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I can't find that product. Website says "we're making some changes blah blah"

Well any chip in glass can fracture and split with heat changes or stress, which the water could put on it, so personally I would want to put it directly into the chip to fix it. Which is why you need to find out if it's aqua safe.
Well if im using the aquarium silicone on the outside of the tank to fill the chip it would be safe. The chip doesnt go through so if I used that epoxy resin, it wouldnt get into the water. I would drain it and let it set for 48 hours before re filling
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post #8 of 14 Old 01-01-2013, 05:09 AM
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In case you didn't notice....

That corner chip doesn't seem significant enough to create a leak, but with the NEW photos in this thread. I can definitely tell you that the tank with the CHIP has been RESEALED. I suspected it might have been "resealed" from your first thread, but the photo wasn't clear enough.

The several FIXES you two have discussed are UNNECESSARY in my opinion based on the picture.
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Fair play. Don't think I'd ever take the risk with ny fish though.
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That corner chip doesn't seem significant enough to create a leak, but with the NEW photos in this thread. I can definitely tell you that the tank with the CHIP has been RESEALED. I suspected it might have been "resealed" from your first thread, but the photo wasn't clear enough.

The several FIXES you two have discussed are UNNECESSARY in my opinion based on the picture.
Is it a bad thing it was resealed? I was thinking about draining it to the point of the chip and adding an extra blob of sealer??? Or should I just stop obsessing over it and leave it alone?
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