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SST 05-25-2008 06:21 PM

other uses for a cracked tank???
Is it landfill material or does it have a future life as something other than as a waterholding fish keeper?

Dear son stepped into the 10 gal. that was out on the patio. It was filled with water while I was checking it for leaks. My latest find from the thrift store. grrr... Now it has a crack along the bottom. I'd hate to pitch it if it has usefullness (maybe not to me but on Freecycle or Craig's List).

Any thoughts?


iamntbatman 05-25-2008 06:28 PM

If it were me, I'd seal up the crack and fill it with water and leave it outside for a few days to see if it leaks. I think a crack along the bottom might actually be less to worry about than if the side was cracked.

If it doesn't hold water, it could still be a suitable habitat for a dry-land critter, like a hamster or lizard. I've kept both in 10g tanks before.

Flashygrrl 05-25-2008 06:35 PM

Trying to seal up a crack in the middle of the bottom would probably be asking for disaster, at least later on down the road. Maybe someone could just use it as a hamster or lizard cage?

SST 05-30-2008 12:25 PM

Thanks! I think I'll try to seal the bottom and see what happens. I don't know where my brain was, but using it for a hampster cage is perfect. Kiddo has been asking for a small pet, not a wet pet, so if I can seal the bottom, then I don't have to worry about little bits of pee leaking out. Yes, I worry about these things. LOL

And if the seal holds, then maybe I can use it for something that needs land and water, so that way there wouldn't be too much pressure on the fix.

Hmm...possibilities. I like possibilities.

GeegaFish 05-30-2008 12:46 PM

You may even be able to refit the bottom with a whole new piece of glass or plexiglass. It's worth a try. Good luck. :)

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