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Old 09-16-2011, 09:17 AM   #11
 
DAMMIT! Woke up this morning to water a little bit of water around the base of my tank on the wooden stand, didnt take too much notice of it at the time but thought id better mark the water level just in case. Came home this afternoon to find the water level had dropped 1cm and the water is soaking into the wooden stand.
Just finished draining the water into a large bucket for my fish to stay in tonight while i clean the stand and go and grab a new tank tomorrow. Not sure why the tank is leaking, isnt a crack or anything on it so im guessing its around the edges where the glass meets.
Poor new molly is probably terrified from the changes and moving its around its doing.

On the bright side i might be able to pick up a larger tank and keep my old pump and filter, save a bit of money too.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:27 AM   #12
 
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"On the bright side i might be able to pick up a larger tank and keep my old pump and filter, save a bit of money too.`
You bet!! now is the time to go bigger. Sometimes it`s just taller on the same stand but we can sometimes gain 10-20 gallons that way. When my 75 goes, I can upgrade to 90. Same shape just taller.

Very pretty girl!
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:30 PM   #13
 
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Hey Pringleman1,

It's very unusual for a tank to leak, I assume you have it sitting on a sheet of polystyrene, if you don't then you are a naughty Pringleman1!
If you do have to get another one, then I agree with Jakiebabie ...... go bigger young man.
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:23 PM   #14
 
Hey Pisces47,
Im still kinda new to fish keeping so this may seem like a dumb question, what does sitting the tank on polystyrene do? It would'nt be to soak and block any leaks, so why use?
I dont have a lot of room for a nice big tank because im renting my room so ill probably just get another 60l tank like my other one.
P.S. whats everyones thoughts on a saltwater tank too? Im interested in trying it but freshwater is easies isn't it.
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:45 PM   #15
 
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Pringleman,

Sounds like you are a naughty Pringleman1, but because you are relatively new to fishkeeping I'll let you off with only 5 minutes in the naughty corner.
You ABSOLUTELY MUST have a sheet of polystyrene under any fish tank, it acts as a cushion and stops the glass from being stressed by the pressure of the water. Get yourself down to your local aquarium RIGHT NOW and ask them for a sheet of styrene for your tank, (i.e., 2 feet, 3 feet or whatever the length and depth of the tank is), I think it's only about a dollar a foot or something. Put this under the tank and see if it continues to leak over the next few days, if it stops, then you've saved yourself a bit of money buying a new one.
Honestly, you must do this NOW, because when the glass breaks (and it will) you will have an unholy mess.
All aquariums sell the styrene, it's part of fishkeeping. Let me know what happens, so ready, set, go ...... you should be halfway out the door by now.
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:30 PM   #16
 
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Oh Dear Pringleman1!! Looks like I have to go to the naughty corner too!! I've never put polystyrene under my tanks. Pisces47...Do you mean like a hard sheet of styrofoam? or are you talking about something else? Can you provide a pic of what you mean? I can't tear down my 75 gallon but will certainly think about it for the future!!
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:05 PM   #17
 
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Jakiebabie,

Yep, styrofoam sheeting is what I meant, it's about quarter to half an inch thick and aquariums sell it in all different lengths.
Do you have your tank on a table or something whereby the whole bottom of the tank is supported as opposed to being on a stand where just the edges of the tank are supported? If it's on a table then that could be the reason why it hasn't sprung a leak.....yet. Tanks are held together with silicone so imagine the pressure and weight on the bottom of your 75 gallon tank.
A friend of mine didn't have the stuff under one of his tanks and of course one day when he was at work it just cracked then sort of exploded, water, fish, gravel, plants AND shards of glass everywhere!
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:19 PM   #18
 
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Jakiebabie,

Yep, styrofoam sheeting is what I meant, it's about quarter to half an inch thick and aquariums sell it in all different lengths.
Do you have your tank on a table or something whereby the whole bottom of the tank is supported as opposed to being on a stand where just the edges of the tank are supported? If it's on a table then that could be the reason why it hasn't sprung a leak.....yet. Tanks are held together with silicone so imagine the pressure and weight on the bottom of your 75 gallon tank.
A friend of mine didn't have the stuff under one of his tanks and of course one day when he was at work it just cracked then sort of exploded, water, fish, gravel, plants AND shards of glass everywhere!
You can talk to Pringleman1 while you are in the naughty corner.
Hilarious!!!! I am actually in chat right now waiting for someone to come in!! Anyone want to talk about Polystyrene?
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:21 AM   #19
 
ok Pisces47 went to the store this morning to get the Styrofoam for under my tank but then saw a nice tank on special a nice looking piece of driftwood there as well........guess what i bought haha
so the new tank is larger then previous, its 50L BluePlanet with filter and light under the hood. got the Styrofoam sheet too and came home and set it all up.
At the moment the tank its cycling with my old filter in it too speed it up and its got gravel and a few plants sitting in there too. The driftwood i bought is soaking in hot water to release the tanins and sink it
I used about a quarter of the water from the old tank to fill this one up and with the old filter in there im thinking i can pput the fishies in there later tonight or tomorrow morning. ill post pics when ive got it all set up.
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:48 AM   #20
 
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ok Pisces47 went to the store this morning to get the Styrofoam for under my tank but then saw a nice tank on special a nice looking piece of driftwood there as well........guess what i bought haha
so the new tank is larger then previous, its 50L BluePlanet with filter and light under the hood. got the Styrofoam sheet too and came home and set it all up.
At the moment the tank its cycling with my old filter in it too speed it up and its got gravel and a few plants sitting in there too. The driftwood i bought is soaking in hot water to release the tanins and sink it
I used about a quarter of the water from the old tank to fill this one up and with the old filter in there im thinking i can pput the fishies in there later tonight or tomorrow morning. ill post pics when ive got it all set up.
Pringleman1,

You have done well my friend and you certainly seem to know what you are doing. I know it's always a temptation to put the fish in asap but if it was me, I'd leave it till tomorrow morning, spread the joy over another day! By the way, did you put some Water Ager in the new tank when you filled it up?
What fish are you going to put in the new tank and are you going to put the styrofoam under the old tank to see if it is still good to use?
I've just been down the beach for a stroll and on the way home realised I hadn't answered your earlier query regarding salt water fish keeping. Keeping salt water tropicals would be great but they are very expensive to buy, the set up costs are enormous and they require a lot of attention, it is terrific though to go into an aquarium store and look at a salt water set-up that most of them have.
Looking forward to seeing the pics.
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