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Old 09-14-2012, 08:29 PM   #1 
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Repairing cracks in plastic Aquarium?

I found a 3+ gallon plastic aquarium at Goodwill that looked in great shape so I decided to buy it to see how it would go. 3 bucks out of my pocket so I figured what the heck. Got home and started to clean it and found three hairline cracks close to the middle and bottom of the tank. This would be a great tank for my Female and, since I'm a poor college kid, I figure I should try and find a way to fix it.
Any way I could somehow seal them and make the aquarium usable? I know Silicone might work, but it's pretty expensive so I'm kind of looking for other options if that's possible.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:34 PM   #2 
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I found a 3+ gallon plastic aquarium at Goodwill that looked in great shape so I decided to buy it to see how it would go. 3 bucks out of my pocket so I figured what the heck. Got home and started to clean it and found three hairline cracks close to the middle and bottom of the tank. This would be a great tank for my Female and, since I'm a poor college kid, I figure I should try and find a way to fix it.
Any way I could somehow seal them and make the aquarium usable? I know Silicone might work, but it's pretty expensive so I'm kind of looking for other options if that's possible.
Thank you!
I have no clue if this would work but the broke college kid in me is screaming out to give it a shot with advice. Could you use hot glue (inside and outside) to seal it up? I don't know if it's fish safe, but I have a good feeling it would hold water. Again, this may not be plausible and potentially dangerous to your fish, but it was the first thing that came to my mind at a reasonable price.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:41 PM   #3 
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I have no clue if this would work but the broke college kid in me is screaming out to give it a shot with advice. Could you use hot glue (inside and outside) to seal it up? I don't know if it's fish safe, but I have a good feeling it would hold water. Again, this may not be plausible and potentially dangerous to your fish, but it was the first thing that came to my mind at a reasonable price.
I thought about that! I've heard of people using nontoxic glue to hold plants together, but I'd have to make absolutely sure it was non-toxic before I even attempt such a thing. I'll research it at least..
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:34 AM   #4 
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There's aquarium sealant that most LFS have in stock. You can always spread some over the cracks inside and out.
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:49 AM   #5 
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