Need help with sealing tank... - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 Old 03-30-2009, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
Question Need help with sealing tank...

Yesterday I found a 45 gallon tank in the trash. Overall it looks good. The only thing is I would like to re-seal it. The seals aren't leaking from what I can tell but they look rough. I've never done this before but I would like to save the tank. It would be a waste to throw it out. What's the best way to re-seal it? What should I use for sealant? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I would like to make it a chichlid tank. Please help!!
zombiefish610 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 04-01-2009, 01:29 AM
daisycutter's Avatar
pretty easy ive dont it a few times now,firstly the sealant it must be 100% silicone with no fugicides or addatives first find out if the tank actully leaks and try and determine the general area its its best to remove the entire inner seam of silicone in the affected area use a razor blade AND ONLY CUT AGAINST THE GLASS leave the slicone between panes intact outher wise it will compromise the structure remove all traces of old silicone and clean with alcahol leave to dry
tape off the outside areas were the old seam was and begin appling the silicone dont skimp on it keep an even pressure up and create a uniform bead along the seam its best to make it thicker than the old one to be on the safe side once applied the silicone can be smoothed out use a rubber glove and dip your finger in some more alcahol then run it down the seam creating an even finish the alcahol will stop the silicone sticking to the glove
once done remove the masking tape before the silcone drys and leave to cure,once cured test fill check for leaks if no leaks a good wash out and you have a tank to use

any help?

Death solves all problems: no man, no problem - joseph stalin
daisycutter is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
sealing inside of canopy studman50 DIY Aquarium 0 08-21-2009 01:19 PM
Adding more sealing/painting?! kkkkyle7 DIY Aquarium 6 02-10-2009 09:33 AM
DIY Aquarium Cave Sealing Question Cody DIY Aquarium 3 04-02-2008 06:37 PM
Sealing in corner falling apart crazy4fish DIY Aquarium 4 03-06-2008 06:20 PM
Re Sealing a Glass Tank wadeh07 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 2 02-06-2008 05:09 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome