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Testing a used tank
I just got a new old tank, the tank has been sitting empty in a garage in the northern part of South Carolina for the last several years. When it was emptied and put in storage it worked fine, no leaks. I cleaned it out today and filled it, saw no leaks then emptied it. I am about to move and My plan is to move my fish from my current 10g tank to the new 28g in the new apt. The tank shows it age in the plastic frame but other than that it looks fine. I only had it full for about twenty minutes before emptying it (I filled in a bad location). Should I fill it up in my tub and let it sit for a few days or should I be good to go?
I would worry that they caulk may have some age issues having set empty for so many years. I would just say be very careful and keep an eye on water levels as a very slow leak can speed up fast if the caulk has lost its flexibility. Might do you good to let the fish live in their transport tank, bucket or whatever for a few days while you can be sure the tank is holding.
I personally hate using used tanks. I have just seen way too many horror stories over the years. Everything from one edge splitting and having a sheet of water coming out the side to the entire front panel of glass coming off in one piece. For the cost of a new tank (especially smaller tanks) I think it is more than worth it to just buy a new one and not have to worry about it at all.
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