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Restarting the hobby. Can I use my old tank

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:04 pm Post subject: Restarting the hobby. Can I use my old tank Reply with quote

 Hi  all,
 
 Am  just  restarting  the  hobby  and  the  aquarium  has  been  unused  for  about  3  years.
 Can  I  just  fill  the  tank  with  water.  Would  the  glue  holding  the  glass  be  deteriorated  now?  Any  precautions  that  you  could  suggest.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:28 pm Post subject: Re: Restarting the hobby. Can I use my old tank Reply with quote

 You  can  use  the  old  tank  as  long  as  it  was  not  sitting  outside  in  the  sun.  the  only  concern  is  some  times  the  Silicone  will  come  offor  become  brittle  if  exposed  to  long  term  sunlight.  Fill  the  tank  25%  at  a  time  and  see  if  its  water  tight.  Leave  it  for  a  couple  of  days.  Next  fill  it  to  50  %.  leave  it  for  a  few  days.  75%  and  100%  with  a  couple  of  days  gap.  This  is  only  to  test  that  the  silicone  is  still  ok,  and  there  are  no  leaks.  My  tank  sprung  a  leak  after  12  years.  So  from  personal  experience  i  can  say  that  if  the  tank  is  not  older  than  10  years  give  it  a  try.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:45 pm Post subject: Re: Restarting the hobby. Can I use my old tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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You  can  use  the  old  tank  as  long  as  it  was  not  sitting  outside  in  the  sun.  the  only  concern  is  some  times  the  Silicone  will  come  offor  become  brittle  if  exposed  to  long  term  sunlight.  Fill  the  tank  25%  at  a  time  and  see  if  its  water  tight.  Leave  it  for  a  couple  of  days.  Next  fill  it  to  50  %.  leave  it  for  a  few  days.  75%  and  100%  with  a  couple  of  days  gap.  This  is  only  to  test  that  the  silicone  is  still  ok,  and  there  are  no  leaks.  My  tank  sprung  a  leak  after  12  years.  So  from  personal  experience  i  can  say  that  if  the  tank  is  not  older  than  10  years  give  it  a  try.                

 
 
 Okay..  thanks  for  the  tip.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:54 pm Post subject: Re: Restarting the hobby. Can I use my old tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Vijay,
       I  am  in  a  similar  situation.  Restarting  the  hobby  after  a  break  for  6  years.  I  had  retained  my  tank  and  all  hardware.  I  filled  my  tank  with  water  to  check  for  any  leaks  and  kept  it  for  2-3  days.  Luckily  there  were  no  leaks.
 If  you  have  used  a  good  silicon  glue  it  should  hold  even  if  the  tank  is  kept  empty  for  a  few  years.  (  I  used  Dow  Croning  Silicon  Glue  to  build  my  tank  about  12  years  ago  -  still  holding  up  ).
 
 I  however  seemed  to  have  other  hardware  issues  when  I  tried  to  set  it  up.  Many  rubberized  items  in  my  Eheim  filter  had  become  brittle  or  hard  and  lost  their  soft  feel.  Due  to  which  things  like  suction  cups  of  the  intake  and  output  pipes  would  not  stick,  and  a  rubber  gasket  in  the  pipe  coupling  developed  a  leak.
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