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toddkelly12 12-14-2008 11:01 PM

Leaky tank
for some reason i came home today and found a wet floor and noticed the water level was down in my tank due to a leak. i had a spare 20 gallon tank so i got my fish out of the leaking tank and siphoned the water out of the 37 gallon so the tank wouldnt recycle.long story short i have been forced to downsize my tank. i transferred everything into the 20 gallon. it looks good but heres the problem, i dont have the money for a bigger tank or to even try to fix the tank. will my fish be ok in the 20 gallon? my fish are in my signature and if i go by the 1 inch of fish per gallon the 20 gallon is fine. is the tank too small? let me know, thanks!

1077 12-15-2008 03:56 AM

In my opinion it will be a bit crowded but manageable. You will need to ensure that the filter is maintained for it not only filters the water but the return flow to the tank also provides the oxygen. If the filter was sized for your 37 gal or 40 gal you should be fine just keep up on water changes, don't overfeed, and don't add any more fish. I hope the platys are all male or babies are no doubt eminent and this would create a problem. Aquarium safe silicone sealent could fix the leak depending on the severity and it's not too expensive. You could try after the tank has been cleaned and dried to reseal the seams along the bottom and sides but first I might fill it with water to try and see where the leak occured. I say this because a similar incident happened to me last summer. I came home to find puddle on the floor and water level receding. As i was draining the tank and prepared to remove the hang on the back filters I noticed that the filterbox that holds the water had a small leak it was not the tank. Just something to consider. Also sometimes the tubing that goes to airstones can become brittle and crack or split this too can cause a proplem. If the glass itself is cracked I would not risk attempting to repair it were it me. There's too many ways to screw it up and I am proficent in this area but perhaps some aren't. Hope some of this helps.;-)

toddkelly12 12-15-2008 10:30 AM

thanks and yes the platys are all males. im pretty sure there is no way that any of my fish can procreate thank goodness. im sure the rams and the gourami would take care of the fry if they did.

daisycutter 12-16-2008 06:48 PM

fixing a broken tank is very easy ive managed to gain a collection of tanks for nothing by fixing leakers but repairs depend on the nature of the leak is it cracked glass or blown seal?

toddkelly12 12-17-2008 02:15 AM

crack in the bottom right corner of the glass

onefish2fish 12-17-2008 04:10 AM

i wouldnt fix it.

its not worth the headache, time or money to fix something that still isnt 100% secure, unless your willing to scrape the silicone and replace the bottom pane of glass, which is rediculous for a 20 gal IMO.

seeing that your from the USA, check for cheap (sometimes free) used fish tanks.

daisycutter 12-17-2008 07:20 AM

onefish2fish is right on this if anythings broken i would declare it a right off i have re-sealed 5 leaky tanks ranging from 55 to 5 but none were cracked i only tried to fix one with a broken panel and while test filling it it broke in a spectacular fasion - its not worth the risk

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