Acrylic tank showing cracks...or not ???
My 12 gallon eclipse acrylic bow-front looks like it has crack marks! The marks are on the bottom right and along the sides. They don't go all the way through, and if I run my nail over them they feel like a scratch, but they don't look like a scratch. The marks seem to be feathering, much like a cracked window will do.
Has anyone ever seen this before? What the heck?
Pictures? Bit hard to imagine how the cracks look.:question:
If the cracks are beginning to spider web, I'd suggest coming up with a new tank asap.
Post pics, it will be easier to tell.
I'll see what I can do as far as a photo soon. The odd thing is, they don't go all the way through. I can't feel the supposed crack form the inside. The marks have been there for a few months and at first I thought my kids has scratched the tank, but now they are appearig all over the place and not where the kids would be touching the tank. Also worth a mention my kids are 8 and 6, not toddlers being nutty...
I might email Marineland and see what they say too. I'll be pretty annoyed if this is a stress-crack sort of situation.
If I were to get a new tank, and transfer the biowheel and the substrate, etc, will this be ok for the fish? I'm assuming yes.
Is the tank close to a heat source at all, perhaps a radiator? Apparently heat can cause crazing cracks in acrylic, which will eventually become deeper with time. This may well not be the cause, but was the only information I could find.
No, no heat source. It's in the kitchen, off to the side. I'm going to contact Marineland- I read on a review that someone else had an acrylic tank that started to crack just like mine is, for the next month it's less than a year old... I will be interested in hearing what they say.
Any direct sunlight in the locations where it is cracking?
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