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CandyColoredClown 07-18-2009 02:01 AM

Resealing a 55 gal. Tank
My 55 gal. has a slight leak at the bottom seal, which I'm fixing to correct. First of all I'll be using silicone I bought at Petco (I have two tubes).

I'm planning to remove all of the old around the bottom , but leaving the corners as they are. When I reseal the bottom I'm planning to put a new bead over the corners to strengthen them up (over the preexisting silicone).

Does anybody see a problem with this, should I do this differently and will two tubes be enough to do this.

Thanks in Advance, Richard

bearwithfish 10-13-2009 09:30 AM

you should always remove the old silicone a new bead wont hold if the old stuff lets go. when applying the silicone use a credit card to pack the sealant in the corner and remove any excess. it really is a fairly easy project just time consuming.

mollies 10-13-2009 03:52 PM

dont use a credit card. go to the home improvment store and get A caulk buddy or Use some sort of plastice thing That would not be a fected by the silant.

okijapan 10-15-2009 05:12 AM

Plastic disposable spoon.

willieturnip 10-18-2009 01:41 PM


fighttest 10-18-2009 04:28 PM


molliefan09 10-18-2009 04:42 PM

how about a toe?? lol

abunari 11-29-2009 03:04 PM

I have a used aquarium that i just bought. I got a 90 gallon glass aquarium for 80 dollars. All the seals look good that i can tell so far. The previous owner used a metal algae scraper..grr. i have notice a few nicks here and there on the outer edges of the sealant (the part the spreads out from the corner. If there is not leaks as of yet shoudl i just leave it alone of would it be okay to smoosh a small amoun tof sealant over the spot just in case?

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