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MinaMinaMina 08-28-2011 12:23 AM

How old is too old? I mean, tank wise. =)
 
Hi! My name is Mina, and I've been lurking for a while... but now I have a question for you kind folks, if I may. Please and thank you!

I have a 55g used tank, and its been empty and in storage for the bigger part of its life. It appears structurally sound, a few scratches on the bottom but no chips or cracks. It is the old style that does not have the center brace.

I am now in the process of setting it up again. I didn't leak test it first, I just went ahead and stripped all the interior sealant and applied fresh sealant (I did not take the actual panes of glass apart and re-seal those, I just did the interior sealant). I let it cure for 48 hours, and just now filled it on my porch for a leak test.

My question to all of you wonderful fish folks is this- is there such a thing as a tank that is too old? Should I just give up on it because its bound to fail in the near future due to age?

THANK YOU!

brokenrules69 08-28-2011 12:27 AM

sounds like u have a good tank

glass doesn't loose integrity over time only the seals

BarbH 08-28-2011 01:15 AM

Hello and welcome :-D I have a 50 gallon that I got used, which sounds similar to the 55 you have. It is 48" long and no center brace. The glass panes are 1/2" thick. I also redid the interior seals in the tank, they were starting to peel away. I made sure to remove all the old silicone, and then cleaned the glass very well. I did the new silicone and let it cure. The tank has now been set up for almost 4 months now and no problems.

AbbeysDad 08-28-2011 07:03 PM

I'm betting you will be fine - (unbroken) glass and silicone has a very long life span.

zof 08-28-2011 07:46 PM

You right on with what you did, the silicone between the glass should be ok as its purpose is mainly to hold the glass together, and when you replaced the stuff on the inside you gave it a leak proof seal. Just make sure you used an aquarium safe silicone and the bracing is in good condition.

MinaMinaMina 08-29-2011 08:42 AM

Thanks for your help, everyone! All of you are so awesome!

I have another question.
So my 55g was sitting on the porch last night, leak testing. I did not use a stand, because I was able to get the tank level without it and the stand is really heavy to move. While I was at work, my dear (but aquarium-ignorant) husband let a visiting child splash the water around. So, when I arrived home 8 hours later, there was moisture under the tank. Did it seep there from all the splashing? Probably. But there's no way to know for sure that it wasn't a leak so I had to drain it, dry it, and start the whole thing over. I placed a towel under it to hopefully absorb the moisture, but there is still some wetness. I will not have any help today to move it, so my question is this- Can I safely set an old-school BRACELESS 55g tank on its side so that the bottom can dry? Or any other suggestions?

All of your help is much appreciated, I'm pretty upset about the child being allowed to play with my aquarium. Thanks for helping restore my sanity!

1077 08-29-2011 08:59 AM

I believe you could lay it on it's side on a rug long enough to dry the bottom and then set it right side up once again and fill it to check for leaks.
I re-sealed a 55 gallon tank a few month's ago and placed news paper under it to check for leaks.
I dated a very lovely young girl named Mina,seem's like another lifetime ago but closer to thirty year's.

MinaMinaMina 08-31-2011 12:17 AM

Thanks! I ended up going another route besides putting it on its side, but thanks! As an aside, it was a good thing I re-did the leak test because on test #2 I was finding moisture under the tank on one short side. Even though that means scraping and re-sealing, and I'm none too happy about that lemme tell ya, its better than a ruined floor.

Thanks again, everybody!

P.S. 1077, that's odd about my name. It seems to be pretty uncommon. I hope she didn't do ya wrong. If so, don't hold it against me! :-)


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