Cracked tank!

  1. No Fishing

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    So I just noticed a small crack in my tank and I'm really concerned. I have included pictures. It's not a big crack but it's a crack nonetheless. I can only feel the crack from the outside which I think is good.

    1. Is there any danger of the tank failing and flooding my living room?
    2. Is there anything I can do to prevent it?
    3. Should I just buy a new one?
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  2. TexasDomer

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    Is it only on the outside? If it's just a scratch, I wouldn't worry too much about it. If it's an actual crack, I'd get a new tank as soon as possible.
     

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    How do I know the difference? I can't tell, it looks like it starts from the very top under the trim. If that's the case then it can't be a scratch right?
     
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    Can you feel it on both sides of the tank?
     
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    No only 1, on the outside. Last night I was messing with the placement of my canister valves in that area too
     
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    Probably a scratch. Watch it to make sure it doesn't get worse or go through the glass and crack it. I don't think it looks that bad, but it's also hard to tell in a photo.
     
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    I marked it with a dry erase. If it gets bigger I will go get a new tank.
    Thanks for the information. I thought it was a scratch but in my 3 years of owning aquariums I've never had one break. Was getting worried
     
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    Here's the best picture I could get. It's smooth and I can't feel it inside. I can feel a rough line outside. But you can see the line starts from the very top of the glass which means it couldn't of scratched it outside that high. [​IMG]
     
  9. Zack0220

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    Looks fixable to me there are tons of diy videos on YouTube on how to fix cracks
     
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    I don't really want an ugly pane of glass glued on the back of it though.
     

  11. Zack0220

    Zack0220 Initiate Member

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    Fair enough, fix it and sell it to help recoup costs!
     
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    Everything I've been reading says if you have a crack on a side panel you should replace the pane or tank? Because the force of a tank pushes outwards.
     
  13. Zack0220

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    A good repair should be okay, you would be surprised how much these tanks can handle, you could also market it as a terrarium rather that tank, still would help with some money
     
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    So it turns out I'm an idiot and it was a dangle of Silicone... my buddies at the LFS as soon as I showed them told me. Said that if glass was going to crack it wasn't going to curl at the end it would crack all the way through. They gave me a razorblade and sent me on my way haha. Thanks for the advice as always though.

    Ps I can't believe I owned that tank for 3 years and never noticed..
     

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