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Tigris 05-12-2012 01:29 PM

60 Gallon Tank Help
 
Just got a used tank from a guy on Craigslist, it has two holes in the back of the tank that have been sealed....is there anything I could do to make it look better or use them for something?

The tank is going to hold two catfish that came with it but eventually it will hold some cichlids and other freshwater.

Restricted Evidence 05-12-2012 02:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Tigris (Post 1078432)
Just got a used tank from a guy on Craigslist, it has two holes in the back of the tank that have been sealed....is there anything I could do to make it look better or use them for something?

The tank is going to hold two catfish that came with it but eventually it will hold some cichlids and other freshwater.

Assuming they are sealed correctly and everything; I would use some sort of aquarium decor to hide it. How big is the tank and the holes?

Tigris 05-12-2012 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Restricted Evidence (Post 1078533)
Assuming they are sealed correctly and everything; I would use some sort of aquarium decor to hide it. How big is the tank and the holes?

Aquarium is 60 gallons, 36in long, 18.5in wide, and 21in tall
The holes are 1 3/4 in and 1 in diameter
Holes are in the back towards the top

What bothers me is that they are one the outside of the tank...

Restricted Evidence 05-12-2012 05:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Tigris (Post 1078561)
Aquarium is 60 gallons, 36in long, 18.5in wide, and 21in tall
The holes are 1 3/4 in and 1 in diameter
Holes are in the back towards the top

What bothers me is that they are one the outside of the tank...

Oh, on the outside of the back of the tank? Do you have your tank up against a wall or anything?

Maybe a picture would help.

Tigris 05-12-2012 05:48 PM

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I think this will work......


Also any help on the hard water stains?

Restricted Evidence 05-12-2012 06:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Tigris (Post 1078736)
I think this will work......


Also any help on the hard water stains?

Yikes. To hide it from the outside you could use a background, though there would be an indention. To hide it from the inside you could use a taller plant (live or fake). I'm not sure about the stains.

Did it say that there were holes in it on craigslist? How much did you get it for?

Tigris 05-12-2012 07:11 PM

For $100, I got a 200W Heater, Emperor 400 Filter, 60 gallon tank, an air bubbler with hose and stone, a large decor piece, a red tail catfish, and a marbled achara catfish

Restricted Evidence 05-12-2012 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Tigris (Post 1078826)
For $100, I got a 200W Heater, Emperor 400 Filter, 60 gallon tank, an air bubbler with hose and stone, a large decor piece, a red tail catfish, and a marbled achara catfish

That's a good deal as long as those holes are sealed properly.

Tigris 05-12-2012 08:47 PM

They look like they hold but I might try to put another layer of silicone on tomorrow, because the catfish need to get into the tank and its going to take a couple of hours to clean the sand, get and re-silicone the glass.


Any tips on redoing the silicone?

Restricted Evidence 05-12-2012 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Tigris (Post 1078917)
They look like they hold but I might try to put another layer of silicone on tomorrow, because the catfish need to get into the tank and its going to take a couple of hours to clean the sand, get and re-silicone the glass.


Any tips on redoing the silicone?

Just make sure it is safe for aquariums. I would use clear. And try to keep it as smooth as you can. You can use a hard plastic that wont leave debris in the silicone to smooth it out.

Edit: Also make sure it has plenty of time to cure before adding water and your fish. It should say on the container how long.


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