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post #1 of 4 Old 08-12-2012, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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is it ok to test an aquarium on a porch?

is it ok to leak test an aquarium on a porch?
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-12-2012, 02:22 AM
Its alot better than inside the house. If testing on your porch will direct water away from the interior of the house or from any possible situation were water can damage anything, I don't see why not. I am leak testing a recently resealed tank on my patio. If my tank did give way, it won't do any more harm that what rain water can do.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-12-2012, 11:50 AM
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Anytime I get a used tank I always clean them and test them on my front porch. Like its already been said it much better to see if it holds water or leaks outside then inside.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-12-2012, 12:33 PM
It depends on the porch and the size of the tank, but usually a much better place to test a suspect tank. Not unlike inside, you just need to consider the underlying structure relative to the weight of the tank...and even then, span across joists to spread out the load forces.
I wouldn't worry about a new tank, but old, used tanks are always good to test outside on a porch, patio, driveway or even on the grass if you have a piece of ply wood to ensure a level support.

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