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Tank Sealant...

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Tank Sealant...

Postby jmurray01 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:48 pm

How often should I empty my 3 foot fish tank and top up the sealant, if at all ?

I know I should really move with the times and buy one of those "curvy" tanks that are all in one piece, but I'm too tight fisted, and besides, I like my older tank!!
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Re: Tank Sealant...

Postby Jack Middleton » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:14 pm

How old is the tank? Has it ever been stored without water for long periods of time?

Silicone should last a good 10-20 years before it needs replacing.
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Re: Tank Sealant...

Postby Mick » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:53 pm

TBH thats one task I have never had to perform, never had a leaky tank -touchwood :-):
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Re: Tank Sealant...

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Re: Tank Sealant...

Postby malakye » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:12 pm

Personally I stick by the old saying...............If it aint broke, don't fix it. More so when it comes to fish tanks. I have old tanks that have held great for years despite being dry for months on end but one of my newer ones was only just over the year old when it started leaking so age really cant be a guarantee either.
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Re: Tank Sealant...

Postby andy » Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:51 am

In theory, silicon should last over 50 years and i know loads of tanks over 30 years old that are still going strong. It is irrelevant whether the tank has been stored wet or dry.

Any tank should always be leek tested prior to the final fill up.
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Re: Tank Sealant...

Postby Big Den » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:00 am

I have a 6x2x2 in my home office that has been sitting there for over 15 years, before that it was at my previous address for 12 years, before that it was in a pub for 9 years, never any sign of leaks or deterioration in the silicon.
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Re: Tank Sealant...

Postby Jack Middleton » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:00 am

Does exposure to extreme weather conditions not weaken or shorten the life of the silicone somewhat?
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