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Old 07-19-2012, 11:36 PM   #1 
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Leaky tank, any fixes?

My friend gave me her old minibow 2.5 because she's moving and doesn't have any fish now. Problem is it has a spider-web crack in the bottom from her little brothers. It's leaking, and I had to empty it into a bucket until tomorrow (my dad's payday), when we can look into fixing it.

Do any of you know how to fix shattered plastic? I don't think we have the money or space for a new tank, and the filter and hood work fine.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:41 PM   #2 
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I wonder if you could silicone the cracks, just as though they were seams in a regular fish tank?

I recently resealed a tank that a small animal had been living in. It's easy - you just use plain, 100% silicone from a hardware store, like Ace or Lowes, and a caulk gun. I borrowed the caulk gun and the silicone cost me $5.

I don't know the specifics on acrylic, though. Does silicone stick to everything? I mean, I guess even if you tried it and it didn't work, you could strip the silicone off and do something else...
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Good idea! Every site I've gone to says to sand it and either apply a strong adhesive with a syringe or to use fiberglass and epoxy. I think silicone sounds safe.

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The silicone tube says it adheres to plastic, so it should work. Let us know :)
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:03 PM   #5 
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Yes you can use silicone on acrylic to fix the leak. For best results try to allow 24 hours for it to fully dry before adding water to the tank.
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:56 PM   #6 
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Okay awesome. For now, I have Cicero in a large glass bowl with a heater and plant and he seems happy enough. I'll try to get the tank running by Sunday morning!
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Might be better to get a sheet of plastic or glass the size of the bottom and use silicon to hold it in place then seal the edges.
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Might be better to get a sheet of plastic or glass the size of the bottom and use silicon to hold it in place then seal the edges.
That is an awesome idea
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Easier to take a picture of the tank & the damage so we can give you a definitive answer instead of guessing.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:25 PM   #10 
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My dad had the ultimate decision: PetCo trip. He wanted the 2.5hex but I didn't like it, plus it's a weird shape, and I already have a filter.

We got a 3.5 gallon kritter keeper and it's like a little mansion for him. I just need to start planting the other tank so I can transfer smaller plastic plants to the KK, and eventually live clippings.
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