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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:12 pm Post subject: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 Hello  friends
 
 I  have  undergone  a  big  disaster  on  Saturday  at  1.00am  (night).  My  4.6  ft  tank  Glass  just  cracked  and  water  spilled  all  over...
 
 Fortunataly,  I  was  able  to  shift  all  my  fishes  to  another  tank...
 
 NOW,  SHOULD  I  QUIT  OR  SHOULD  I  REDO  THE  WHOLE  THING  AGAIN?
 
   QUIT
 
   OR
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:19 pm Post subject: Re: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 Dear  Garothmaan
 Big  disaster  indeed!!!
 However   you  did  not  mention  where  it  occur--  Front,  rear  or  side  glasses.  Anyhow,  better  to  replace  the  broken  glass  with  a  new  one,  at  the  same  time  strengthen  the  braces.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:32 pm Post subject: Re: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 Hi  Kaushikbhai...thanks  bro...
 
 THE  REAR  ONE...  ON  THE  TOP  LEFT  CORNER  AS  "V"  SAHPED  BREAKAGE
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:37 pm Post subject: Re: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 What  is  quitting?
 
 Anyway,  these  kind  of  accidents  keep  happening.  Why  should  you  quit  because  of  this?  Just  ensure  that  your  next  tank  is  strong  enough.  If,  in  your  poll  "Time  is  bad"  refers  to  economic  contraction,  and  not  planets  and  stars,  and  you  foresee  financial  difficulties,  wait  a  few  months,  save  some  money  and  get  a  strong,  thicker  glass,  strengthened  tank.  Till  then  you  can  keep  the  fish  in  separate  tumblers,  buckets,  small  aquariums.
 
 Time  is  bad  also  means  that  you  may  pick  up  some  aquarium  and  other  stuff  from  someone  who  is  cutting  down,  at  very  reasonable  rates.  So  watch  out  for  that  too.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:43 pm Post subject: Re: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 Hey  Neo,  thanks...
 
 It  was  a  12mm  glass....and  my  neighbours  had  a  rainfall  Very Happy  ,  so  the  whole  family  is   Mad   Punch   Poke   Whip   Guns   Banned
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:57 pm Post subject: Re: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 is  this  the  large  tank  that  was  kept  on  the  small  stand?
 Or  is  this  the  one  that  was  on  the  stand  that  was  sagging  in  the  middle?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:16 pm Post subject: Re: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 I  think  it  will  help  you  if  you  could  post  a  pic  of  the  tank,  crack  and  the  stand  on  which  its  kept.  There  are  quite  a  few  glass  experts  here  like  Deepak  Brid  who  can  give  you  good  advice  on  how  you  should  proceed.  I  went  through  a  similar  phase  with  my  imported  moulded  aquarium  and  Deepak  helped  me  fix  it.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:39 pm Post subject: Re: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 Hi  Garothmaan,
 
 How  old  was  the  tank?  12  mm  glass  cracked??  Shocked  I  would  suggest  you  not  to  fix  that  glass  alone,  instead  if  possible  rebuild  the  tank  all  over.
 
 On  another  note  -  I  am  kind  of  getting  frightened  now...  If  the  same  happens  with  me  in  any  of  my  tanks,  where  am  I  going  to  put  my  13  inch  Arowana  or  3  X  7  inches  Oscars??  Poor  fellows  would  die..
 
 Experts,  I  know  the  same  has  been  asked  over  and  over  again  but  the  information  is  spread  across  various  threads,  can  we  have  a  consolidation  of  best  practices  as  to
 1.  What  are  the  basic  things  to  be  followed  to  avoid  these  kind  of  incidents  ..  For  example  lets  say  a  5  feet  tank  with  12  mm  glass..  what  could  be  the  best  way  to  design,  with  respect  to  braces,  amount  of  silicon  gel,  stand  (types  etc  etc)..
 
 Or  if  at  all  this  happens,  what  could  be  the  stop  gap  solution,  till  the  time  the  tank  is  rebuild  once  again...
 For  example,  i  do  not  have  any  stop  gap  solutions..  all  fishes  of  mine  are  aggressive  buggers  and  have  been  staying  in  their  respective  tanks  for  about  a  year  now  and  would  not  tolerate  any  tank  mates...
 
 The  LFS  would  also  not  take  any  of  my  fellows  as  he  would  have  a  calamity  then..  for  ex
 1.  13  inch  Aro
 2.  5  inch  Jardini
 3.  3  X  7  inch  Oscars
 4.  1  X  6  inch  GT  Spread  over  three  tanks  of  mine..
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:48 pm Post subject: Re: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 Percy
 it  would  be  hard  to  identify  the  problem  unless  you  post  the  picture  along  with  stand.
 Top  rear  corner  breaking  is  somewhat  strange,  to  my  mind  it  can  happen  if  the  base  of  tanks  is  not  stable.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:51 pm Post subject: Re: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 If  a  12mm  glass  cracks  then  there  is  something  drastically  wrong  with  the  tank  or  the  stand.  Need  more  info  or  even  better  a  picture  of  the  setup.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:57 pm Post subject: Re: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 12  mm  cracked?  Definitely  rules  out  the  fishes  hitting  the  tank  walls  and  that  cracking  up.  
 May  be  the  walls  had  some  stress  failure  due  to  defective  glass?  
 
 Because  uneven  pressure  due  to  stand/  tank  orientation  usually  cracks  the  base  plate.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:22 pm Post subject: Re: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 Percy,  You  have  already  been  warned  of  your  rickety  stand.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:56 pm Post subject: Re: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 Thankyou  all,
 
 1)  Unni  &  Trevor,  my  dear  friends,  the  stand  was  holding  earlier  a  five  feet  tank  with  12  mm  glass  since  12  years  now.  The  same  friend  of  mine  gave  me  this  idea  of  slotted  angle  stand.  its  5  feet  length  so  its  long  enough  to  hold  my  4.6  ft  tank.  The  tank  was  on  a  1"  thermocol  and  was  flat-placed.  Below  it  there  is  a  6mm  wooden  plank..
 
 2)  The  Tank  glueing-orientation  could  have  been  a  problem  and  due  to  that  there  was  glass  fatigue  or  I  should  say  stretch  or  otherwise  shrinkage  of  glass.  Technically,  the  stand  has  a  3"  support  in  the  middle,  which  actually  contract  the  sag.  The  tank  was  6mm  lopped  on  1  side.
 
 3)  The  Tank  was  6  months  old.  I  have  brought  in  down  from  the  stand  today  and  have  found  that  the  crack  is  a  vertical  one,  directly  from  the  top  till  the  lowest  left  corner.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:20 pm Post subject: Re: DISASTER! Tank Glass Cracked Reply with quote

 Garo  what  happen  to  your  PC  ..  is  that  fine.
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Thankyou  all,
 1)  Unni  &  Trevor,  my  dear  friends,  the  stand  was  holding  earlier  a  five  feet  tank  with  12  mm  glass  since  12  years  now.  The  same  friend  of  mine  gave  me  this  idea  of  slotted  angle  stand.  its  5  feet  length  so  its  long  enough  to  hold  my  4.6  ft  tank.  The  tank  was  on  a  1"  thermocol  and  was  flat-placed.  Below  it  there  is  a  6mm  wooden  plank..
                 

 
 Garothmaan
 Is  the  picture  shown  taken  after  the  extra  supports  have  been  added?
 I  still  think  there  is  a  sag  in  the  middle  of  the  stand?
 {I  tired  to  go  back  to  the  old  thread  where  you  had  the  picture  of  the  sagging  stand  for  a  comparison,  but  it  looks  as  if  you  have  edited  the  picture  out  from  that  post.
 A  4.5  feet  tank  with  resting  only  on  its  extreme  end  will  crack,  even  if  its  made  of  12mm  glass  wouldn't  it?
 
 I  hope  that  the  PC  and  monitor  were  not  under  the  tank  when  it  leaked?
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