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Re: 55 gallon glass cross brace 11/17/17
Hi again, Bob. I was going to up-date you with happy news, at least that was my
plan. I got my fish back into the 1/2 filled 55 gallon. I redesigned all my
filtration as my HOBs were no longer useful with the water level so low. I made
all new internal filters with pop bottles, my fully cycled media, a power head,
an air pump and an air stone. My goldfish was quite shocked by all the changes
but was starting to come around again. (He's old and set in his ways and takes
quite a while to adjust to change.
Kind of like his owner, I guess, heh hee). I was quite pleased... enjoyed the
aquarium for yet another moment... until I saw this (pictures attached). I
assume this spells the end. The inside seams all seem fine and soft and secure
but what this looks like is a rather large bubble / weak spot in the structural
seam between the front and side panel. I am a pretty handy person but I do not
have the time nor the inclination nor the room to tackle a complete tear down
and rebuild of this aquarium. Does this look as bad to you as it does to me?
<... it is bad. When the glass to glass (as opposed to corner joints)
Silastic/Silicone rots like this, to this extent, it loses function. The tank
might fail... slowly, as in splitting a seam>
Is a complete tear down and rebuild the only option for this aquarium?
If so, I'm going to just pack it in and buy new.
<This is what I'd do as well. The tank is still useful... as a paludarium,
Is there a particular manufacturer you would recommend?
<Mmm; for stock, I still like "All Glass Aquarium"; there are more sturdy more
and real custom makers, but they're a bunch more money>
I would like warranty, customer service, quality work, and most importantly
availability in Canada.
<Oh! I don't know much about what's available there... I do think
Glasscages(.com) ships to Canada; but would ask about re pricing, see re
alternates. I live in S. Cal.>
I really hope you are going to tell me that I'm wrong but I'm prepared for you
to confirm my nightmare. P.S. It is not
leaking: has never leaked since I set it up.
<... not yet. Am a bigger fan of acrylic tanks... Bob Fenner>
Re: 55 gallon glass cross brace 11/17/17
P.S.S I highlighted the area with a red marker on the outside of the glass.
I have no idea how long this flaw has been like this. I will be watching my red
mark closely to see if there are any changes. Thank you so much for responding.
<Good idea (to mark the limits of the fault)... it will grow unfortunately.
Time to panic? 4/23/16
Hi WWM crew,
I'm so sorry to bother you with this. I think I have been emailing too
frequently. However, when I noticed this this morning I felt I needed an
expert opinion. The photo is of my sump seam. You will notice the vertical
<See it... not a bad joint...>
My tank has been set up for 6 weeks. This is a 30 gallon sump (standard 30G
tank that I got used) divided into 3 sections (skimmer chamber, refugium,
return chamber). The picture is of the side where the skimmer chamber is,
so the water is deepest here (less than an inch below the top frame). The
white lines go from the top frame almost 6" down the side. Also about 1 1/2"
from the bottom there is a fainter line that runs up about 2 1/2".
There is another little one 1/2" long in the middle (6" from the bottom
I'm not sure, but I don't think these have been here the whole time. I
haven't noticed them before, so I'm not sure how long the have been there.
Sorry the picture is blurry. I can send a clearer one later if necessary.
So . . . Is it time to panic? Am I ok? Does it need to be repaired?
<Do make the comp. for yourself by reading here:
Thank you so much for looking at this. You don't know how much I appreciate
<I wouldn't panic. Bob Fenner>
Re: Time to panic? GLASS/Silastic seam concern
Thank you for your reply. I'm sorry to have panicked before.
<Mmm; well; the sense that a tank may come apart IS a reason to panic for sure>
I had studied the FAQS regarding Silastic seams before and these didn't look
like a problem in that regard. My concern was that they were new or at least I
hadn't noticed them before. I water tested this tank before making
it into a sump. I even sent you a picture of some bubbles on another corner. But
I don't remember seeing these then or when I set it up. Of course, maybe I was
so concerned about the other seam I didn't notice these. Anyway, I'm getting
ready to put a DSB in the middle section of this sump, so I wanted to make sure
it wasn't about to spring a leak or worse. Seeing something "new" scared me.
Sorry about that.
I do want to clarify one thing about the previous email . . . This is a glass
tank/sump. You linked me to the FAQS for acrylic seams. I didn't specify before
that it was glass. I hope that doesn't change your answer.
<Oh; sorry about that... I should make sure I'm fully awake (a rare occurrence)
before responding. But, same resp. I would not be concerned with this/these
Red Sea Max Leaking!!!
Hi, Any one have experience with this?
It's a fairly slow, oozing leak from the bottom of the vertical
compartment that holds all the wiring at the lower right corner
of the 34 gallon tank (130D). I'm hoping to find a way to fix
without emptying tank but so far haven't found any
caulking/sealing product that doesn't say "surfaces must be clean and
dry". Thx in advance! Al Tribe
<IF the leak is coming from a seam, YES to draining, cleaning,
drying.... and putting a new Silastic bead in all internal joints. I
WOULD check first to make sure the water is not originating elsewhere...
condensation. EVEN if you go to the point of emptying, cleaning, FIRST
fill w/ the tank being empty... over newspaper (to detect water) and
piece by piece, put the gear back on... JUST to detect the origin of the
Re: Red Sea Max Leaking!!! 4/23/16
Dear Bob, Thanks so much for your quick reply, and on a wk-end too!
<Glad to respond Alex>
Your advice makes perfect sense except that I have no way to empty the
tank with its critters, rock, etc. It would be a challenge even if I
weren't recovering from recent shoulder surgery, having no extra tank
close-by LFS who could board everything.
<Mmm; are there other fish friends; perhaps a local club you could
You NEED to borrow another system for your existing livestock>
The leak is only apparent at the bottom of that "wiring compartment",
so, in desperation, I think I'll have to try a sealant that can be
applied to wet surfaces.
<As far as I'm aware, there is no such thing>
It's not clear if the source is a seam but it definitely does not seem
to be splash, spray, etc. I'll keep you posted. Many thanks again! Al
<Wish we lived closer to each other. Bob Fenner>
Re: Red Sea Max Leaking!!!
Wow! What a kind and "downright neighborly" thing to say! I did find
something called Lexel which claims to be "instantly waterproof", sticks
to almost anything, and sticks to wet surfaces. It's clear and I plan to
try it tomorrow. Thx again, Al
<Seems to be a super product, but see here:
Note they don't suggest using on/around aquariums... Toxic. Bob Fenner>
Re: Red Sea Max Leaking!!! Plus clownfish pairing
Must say again how much I appreciate your help, even researching this
new product, above and beyond for sure! Since the area inside the wiring
compartment of the red sea isn't really in contact with main tank water
or fish, I may take a chance and try anyway, (even "AMA", against
<Okay... DO provide plenty of air circulation... ALL the fans you can
lay hands on easily, OPEN windows (the carrier has a strong smell while
curing), ON a warm day!>
Actually I have only a few fish left after a disastrous heater failure
about 1 week prior to detecting the leak. The original red sea heater
failed; I woke up to see the tank at 70,F. and many dead critters, even
the gorgeous 4in. female clown I've had for many years....very sad
indeed. Put in two Ebo-Jagers I had lying around to provide redundancy
in case of a repeat disaster.
She had a bonded mate, much smaller of course, who survived; they were
inseparable and used to spawn frequently. She killed her first mate
(typical I know), but these two were happily married, so my
anthropomorhic fantasy is that he'll be bereft/lonely and I'd love any
advice you might have about this dilemma since I've never seen clowns
for sale on-line or at LFS anywhere near his size, about 2-3in., and I
don't remember just how clowns mature and change genders. i.e. if I got
a much smaller one, would it remain or become a female simply because of
<As you hint... procure a decidedly smaller one still; and your present
male will convert to female>
Or best to find him a new home and get 1-2 smaller clowns to really
start over? Many thanks again, Al
<One new male/sexually undifferentiated specimen is what you want. BobF>
Re: Red Sea Max Leaking!!! 4/24/17
OK, good to know!
<Please do send along your further notions, progress. BobF>
Re: Red Sea Max Leaking!!! 4/24/17
I sure will!
<Cheers Al. B>
Re: Questions about Sumps and glass tank seams and chips. And
sump/fuge design f' 11/5/16
I’m back with what I hope will be my last ever silicon/seam question. After
our previous exchange about my sump plans, I decided to scrap the plans for
separate vessels for the sump and refugium and look for as large a container
as I could fit to make into a combo of the two.
<Good; this is what I would do>
I looked around and found a used 30 gallon (36x12x16 approximately) for next
to nothing. I had to drive almost two hours to get it, but that’s no big
deal. Anyway, the plan is to make this tank my sump with some type of three
chamber configuration (skimmer, pump, DSB/refugium). I’m still researching
the details on how I want to arrange that part.
<Just saw a really neat new (to me) weir design for sumps et al.
aquariums... on Facebook... A sloped bottom to allow easier, greater
I had them fill the tank when I bought it to make sure it didn’t leak, but
in the bright sunlight I didn’t notice some bubbles in the seam at the
bottom on the rear left of the tank.
<Some?! Wow; I'll say!>
The section in the pictures runs about 3 to 4 inches up from the bottom
<Wish these were up near the top instead>
I went through the seam FAQs again the last few days and found some that
were similar, but I also know that the size of the tank factors in as well
as the fact that I’m planning on using it for a sump and 95% of the time it
will be around half full.
It looks to me like a bad silicon job (you may can see the excess silicon
sticking out between the plates in the picture), but if so it is just on
this back corner. The rest of the seams look really good.
The first picture is of the tank full. The second picture is of the tank
empty. As you can see there is no observable change.
I kept it full for nearly 72 hours without any changes. Please tell me that
this tank is safe to use for a sump.
<Yes; I would use it for such a purpose>
I will make sure that the side with the bubbles is used for the shallower
end of the sump (just in case). If it is not safe, can I possibly repair it
in some way without resealing it.
<Mmm; not really... or not what I would do. One COULD put/Silicone strips
(two or so inches) of glass over the bad corners; overlapping the glass
there... on the outside of the tank. I would just use it as is>
Perhaps by somehow putting extra glass around this corner to help support
<Oh! Yes; the same idea likely>
Thanks as always for all your help. I would be lost without the kind help of
<Glad to share with you; aid your efforts. Bob Fenner>