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Need help with sealing tank...
Old 03-30-2009, 12:03 PM   #1
 
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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!!
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:29 AM   #2
 
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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

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