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Old 05-26-2009, 07:34 PM   #11
 
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well, those are the kinds of answers you want to hear....i would fill it with water and mark the level of it somewhow and let is sit for a few days....if it doesn't leak, I'm sure you'll be ok.


any luck with a stand? get on craigslist, you can find them for $30-$50 bucks...have fun!!! post some pics when you get done

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Old 05-26-2009, 08:04 PM   #12
 
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or take the other members advice and build one, check out the DYI section in the forum
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:42 AM   #13
 
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Well, even if you fill the tank with water and let it sit, you'll get some water loss due to evaporation, so the water level decreasing isn't a sure sign of a leak.

I'm not sure I agree about tanks made for reptiles being "thinner glass" or less strong than regular aquariums. Many people keep aquatic turtles in these reptile tanks (heck, most of the ones I've seen for sale in stores have pictures of turtles on the packing) so I wouldn't really worry about that.

If the "toxic" nature of reptile urine is just ammonia, then there's nothing to worry about as you were going to raise the ammonia level during the cycling process anyway. I'm not aware of any other deadly-to-fish chemicals in reptile urine, but I'm no expert on reptiles. If it were me, I'd Google the matter and see what pops up. Unless you get tons of hits right off the bat about "NEVER EVER USE REPTILE TANKS FOR FISH!" then I would imagine it'd be fine. A thorough bleach cleaning, followed by a good rinse, should be plenty to get it ready.
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Old 05-27-2009, 05:28 PM   #14
 
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any luck with a stand? get on craigslist, you can find them for $30-$50 bucks

JohnyD44,

No luck with a stand yet. I log onto Craigslists daily, but unfortunately 55 gal + tanks, stands or 2 piece combo units are common in Southern Indiana. Most people around here do not own big tanks.

IfIi want to buy off of Cragislist I will have to travel to IL or OH. Not too keen on the idea for two reasons. #1.) My daughter. Cannot get away for long periods of time. and #2.) I own a car. What is the point traveling out of state if I do not have a truck to put it in?
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:50 PM   #15
 
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Even if you fill the tank with water and let it sit, you'll get some water loss due to evaporation, so the water level decreasing isn't a sure sign of a leak.

iamntbatman,

I got tired of having the 55 gal in the backseat of my car. I placed a call to a local family member to see if he would help me transport it. He never returned my call, so I had to get creative.

Yesterday 05-26-09 I pulled an automotive creeper (that mechanic use in order to look under vehicles) to the side of the car and very slowly pulled the tank off of the back seat on to the creeper in a downward motion; allowing gravity to do the most work. With the tank standing on its side, I wheeled/pushed the creeper to the front porch.

When I came to the front steps, (holding the creeper extremely firm with one foot so it would not slip away from me) I carefully push the tank backwards in a upward motion.

Balancing the tank half way on the from step, still allowing me to grasp the bottomof the tank, I removed the creeper from the sidewalk with one hand and held the tank firmly with the other (basically, a squating yoga position) lol and then placed the creeper on the front porch.

Once both the tank and creeper were on the front porch, I again I laid the tank on its side. Then allowing gravity to do the most work again, I slowly pulled the tank in a downward motion back on to the creeper. With the tank standing on its side, I wheeled/pushed the creeper to the garden hose spout.

From there removing the tank was easy. I just tilited the tank to the side, kicked the creeper out of the way and gently laid the tank firmly on the ground.

The first thing I did when the tank was firmly on the porch was stand it on its side so that I could wash out the inside and allow the dirty water to run free. Did not want the dirt to be "standing" in the tank.

Once that was done. I very gently pulled the tank in a downward motion bearing its full weight in another squat position until its bottom rested firmly on the ground. I filled it with bleach deluted water, marked the water lever with a dry earse marker and let it sit over night.

When I got up today 05-27-09 to check the tank's water level, I noticed that at the back two corners of the tank the concrete was still damp. Do not know if this is due to condensation or if the tank is in deed leaking.

The water level mark that I made last night has not moved. So I honestly do not know.

However, upon inspection this morning, I noticed several damaged spots. First and foremost, the tank's plastic black strip that runs across the top of the aquarium (upper edges and/or frame) is loose. Some of the silicone has worn away; which automatically tells me that the tank is no good.

Second, I saw 2-3 chips directly in the glass's corner seams; another sign that tank is no good. Although the tank holds water now, the chipped areas are weak spots in the aquarium and over time may eventually splinter or "spiderweb" across the glass.

Took pictures today. Trying to figure out how to download them off of the camera and upload them onto the website.

With or without the pictures the fact remains that this tank is bad for any aquatic use. In my opinion it either needs to be recycled down at a glass recycle center or used strictly as a reptilian tank. Either way, I lost money. Since it was a second-hand tank, I will not be getting my money back.
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:55 PM   #16
 
Pictures #1 and #2 are of the coner leakage/condensation.

Pictures #3 left side of tank

Picture #4 right side of tank

Picture #5 front side of tank

Picture #6 damage on top right side of tank's plastic black strip that runs across the top of the aquarium (upper edges and/or frame). Heat lamp (form previous snake) melted plactic.

Picture #7 seam crack #1

Picture #8 same seam crack as picture #7 just from a different angle

Picture #8 second seam crack

NOTE: the leakage/comdensation and seam cracks are located in different spots on the tank
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:03 PM   #17
 
OMG. The fishforum upload program made my pictures really huge. I transferred the pictures into my MGI photo program to crop them, but I guess I did not crop enough.

The water is yellow, because it is bleach deliuted water.
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Old 05-28-2009, 03:33 PM   #18
 
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Hate to be the bearer of bad news....but this tank is no good to hold water. I'm sure you were already leaning towards this conclusion, but the chips in the glass make this tank not able to hold water. I had the same problem with my 55G last week actually. I was bringing it down the steps into the basement from the outsideand cracked it on the cement corner. I had almost a identical crack (if you look a few pages back in the forum, the pics are in a post called "help!!! i cracked my tank).

I filled mine with water as well and it held over night. But as several members pointed out, once you chip the glass(or it was chipped by previous owner) you have severly damaged the glass itself.....stress points and all sorts of stuff are affected.

i would maybe try and sell this tank as a reptile tank....you may get $40 bucks for it on craigs list. I have two in my garage I gotta sell (1 with a broken brace up top, and the 2nd with the formentioned chip)
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Old 05-28-2009, 03:37 PM   #19
 
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Also,
Is there are PetCo near you???
Aquatic Fundamentals 55 Gallon Upright Aquarium Stand at PETCO

would something like that work?? $100 bucks isn't that bad for a chain store.
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:42 PM   #20
 
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Is there are PetCo near you???
Aquatic Fundamentals 55 Gallon Upright Aquarium Stand at PETCO

Would something like that work?? $100 bucks isn't that bad for a chain store.
JohnnyD44,

No. There is not any PetCos in the Southern IN area. The closest one is in Bowlingreen KY.

All that we have here is a Petsmart and that is where I originally bought the 20 gal at for $59.99.

Members here told me that a 20 gal was too small, so I took it back and bought the 55 gal from craigslists. Now I cannot use that tank either!

I am about ready to flush these fish. This is absolutely frickin ridiculous!
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