How old is too old? I mean, tank wise. =) - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 08-28-2011, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
MinaMinaMina's Avatar
 
How old is too old? I mean, tank wise. =)

Hi! My name is Mina, and I've been lurking for a while... but now I have a question for you kind folks, if I may. Please and thank you!

I have a 55g used tank, and its been empty and in storage for the bigger part of its life. It appears structurally sound, a few scratches on the bottom but no chips or cracks. It is the old style that does not have the center brace.

I am now in the process of setting it up again. I didn't leak test it first, I just went ahead and stripped all the interior sealant and applied fresh sealant (I did not take the actual panes of glass apart and re-seal those, I just did the interior sealant). I let it cure for 48 hours, and just now filled it on my porch for a leak test.

My question to all of you wonderful fish folks is this- is there such a thing as a tank that is too old? Should I just give up on it because its bound to fail in the near future due to age?

THANK YOU!
MinaMinaMina is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 08-28-2011, 12:27 AM
New Member
 
sounds like u have a good tank

glass doesn't loose integrity over time only the seals

i have a dog named fish

30g long

55g -planted

125g 4ft long octagonal

55g
MALAWIS COMING SOON

10g hospital
-empty- :]
brokenrules69 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to brokenrules69 For This Useful Post:
MinaMinaMina (08-30-2011)
post #3 of 8 Old 08-28-2011, 01:15 AM
Member
 
BarbH's Avatar
 
Hello and welcome I have a 50 gallon that I got used, which sounds similar to the 55 you have. It is 48" long and no center brace. The glass panes are 1/2" thick. I also redid the interior seals in the tank, they were starting to peel away. I made sure to remove all the old silicone, and then cleaned the glass very well. I did the new silicone and let it cure. The tank has now been set up for almost 4 months now and no problems.
BarbH is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to BarbH For This Useful Post:
MinaMinaMina (08-30-2011)
post #4 of 8 Old 08-28-2011, 07:03 PM
I'm betting you will be fine - (unbroken) glass and silicone has a very long life span.

Father Knows Best but Abbey knows everything! I once knew everything, then I asked one question.
` ...><((((>` . . ` . . . ><((((> . ` .. . ><((((>
AbbeysDad is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to AbbeysDad For This Useful Post:
MinaMinaMina (08-30-2011)
post #5 of 8 Old 08-28-2011, 07:46 PM
zof
Member
 
zof's Avatar
 
You right on with what you did, the silicone between the glass should be ok as its purpose is mainly to hold the glass together, and when you replaced the stuff on the inside you gave it a leak proof seal. Just make sure you used an aquarium safe silicone and the bracing is in good condition.
zof is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to zof For This Useful Post:
MinaMinaMina (08-30-2011)
post #6 of 8 Old 08-29-2011, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
MinaMinaMina's Avatar
 
Thanks for your help, everyone! All of you are so awesome!

I have another question.
So my 55g was sitting on the porch last night, leak testing. I did not use a stand, because I was able to get the tank level without it and the stand is really heavy to move. While I was at work, my dear (but aquarium-ignorant) husband let a visiting child splash the water around. So, when I arrived home 8 hours later, there was moisture under the tank. Did it seep there from all the splashing? Probably. But there's no way to know for sure that it wasn't a leak so I had to drain it, dry it, and start the whole thing over. I placed a towel under it to hopefully absorb the moisture, but there is still some wetness. I will not have any help today to move it, so my question is this- Can I safely set an old-school BRACELESS 55g tank on its side so that the bottom can dry? Or any other suggestions?

All of your help is much appreciated, I'm pretty upset about the child being allowed to play with my aquarium. Thanks for helping restore my sanity!
MinaMinaMina is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 08-29-2011, 08:59 AM
Member
 
1077's Avatar
 
I believe you could lay it on it's side on a rug long enough to dry the bottom and then set it right side up once again and fill it to check for leaks.
I re-sealed a 55 gallon tank a few month's ago and placed news paper under it to check for leaks.
I dated a very lovely young girl named Mina,seem's like another lifetime ago but closer to thirty year's.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
1077 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to 1077 For This Useful Post:
MinaMinaMina (08-30-2011)
post #8 of 8 Old 08-31-2011, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
MinaMinaMina's Avatar
 
Thanks! I ended up going another route besides putting it on its side, but thanks! As an aside, it was a good thing I re-did the leak test because on test #2 I was finding moisture under the tank on one short side. Even though that means scraping and re-sealing, and I'm none too happy about that lemme tell ya, its better than a ruined floor.

Thanks again, everybody!

P.S. 1077, that's odd about my name. It seems to be pretty uncommon. I hope she didn't do ya wrong. If so, don't hold it against me!
MinaMinaMina is offline  
Reply

Tags
55g , old tank , sealant , used tank

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



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wise sayings.. Daz Off Topic Discussions 3 10-27-2007 09:46 AM

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