50 Gallon....... I Have A?

Charlie’s Dad

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Hello all.....

I picked a 50 gallon tank and stand from some folks moving. After getting it home and unloaded I noticed that two corners were duct taped. Ummm I contacted the seller and asked had the tank leaked? He said no.

I began cleaning it today and discovered that it has been resealed at some point in the past. All the joints seem to be solid no soft soft or thin spots in the silicone. However, on two corners are duct taped.

Should I remove the tape or leave it? I must admit it bothers me. But, my bank didn't go broke and it isn't the end of the world.

What do you think? What would you do?
 

kallililly1973

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remove the tape and see what its hiding. A 50 gallon is Very heavy when filled. I'de remove it and see what's under it then do a leak test on a flat surface outside for a couple days to verify its not leaking anywhere. pics?
 

MrBryan723

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I would take it off and fill it up outside to see if it does leak. Duct tape isn't going to last long term so it would be better to know first.

Lol what kallililly1973 said.
 
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Charlie’s Dad

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Charlie’s Dad

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kallililly1973

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Charlie’s Dad said:
Yikes! I didn't know you meant it ran from the top to bottom of an entire corner. I would fill it up outside and remove the tape. Thst can't possibly be good.I think you would be better off using that as a reptile tank.
 

MrBryan723

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Charlie’s Dad said:
You know, that could have actually been where they had a background taped to it. I would still leak test it, but may not be anything at all.
 
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Charlie’s Dad

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Charlie’s Dad

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Well after mental ping pong........ We decided to purchase a 55 gallon tank online with an additional 20% off for in store pickup.

We also picked a conveying stand with 20% off also.

Total was 160........ My wife is very happy so I am too!!!!

I see that the glass on the 50 gallon tank is like double thickness opposed to the Aqueon 55 we got last evening. Did they use thicker walls years ago? I know tech and innovative ways have changed building methods for less cost.

It would be extremely heavy filled.
 

Zka17

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I think it's either hiding the silicone or was holding some background... it is no way to keep the tank leaking...

Thicker glass is always better - but is also more expensive. Aquarium use to be made with some kind of safety in mind, nowadays they use whatever it just needs to keep it together. The thickness is really related to the surface, specifically the length and hight - taller and longer needs thicker glass.
 
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Charlie’s Dad

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A friend who worked at a lfs and kept fish for years came over and looked it over for us. He believes the tape was holding a background of some kind also. The silicone seams all seem to be solid he said. Obviously, the proof is in the pudding he said...... Fill and confirm leaky or no leaks.

It is just so heavy! . Lol

Thanks to everyone who looked and commented!
 

Skavatar

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there's no way a single piece of duct tape can hold the corner together, most likely holding a background picture.
 
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Charlie’s Dad

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I discovered on the tag on its underside it is an O'Dell 50 gallon from the 1978.


Trivia for the day!!!
 

Cognac82

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Now I will not be able to live my life without knowing if this tank leaks or not. I order you to conduct a leak test immediately!!!!

Edit: just saw this was from earlier in the month. I guess I was wrong, I apparently can live without knowing. Please resume all normal activities .
 
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Charlie’s Dad

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Lol. No leaks my friend!!!!!
 
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