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Old 12-22-2016, 5:04 AM   #1
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Just bought a used 120 gallon tank got a deal on it but would probably want to get it resealed where I don't have to break it back down to do it later not sure if it needs it but just want a fresh sealed tank and if someone knows how to do it let me know if so i have a stingray I'll trade for labor unless you would just like to give me a hand or guide me through it bc never did it before but if you do it you can have the stingray

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Old 12-22-2016, 5:06 AM   #2
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Here's a picture of the tank if interested in giving me a hand or know someone that will

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Old 12-22-2016, 5:36 AM   #3
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Bought this 120 gallon setup today but was trying to see anyone would be interested or knows how to reseal it not sure if it even needs it but would like to set the tank up with freshly sealed were I don't have to fool with it anytime soon but if anyone knows anybody please let me know bc I have a stingray willing to trade for the work I'll get the Silicone if someone will help do it bc I've never done it before thank you let me know

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Old 12-22-2016, 5:40 AM   #4
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Need someone to help me out want to get my used 120 gallon tank freshly resealed were I don't have to fool with it anytime soon and willing to trade a stingray for who ever can bc need it asap so let me know if u are interested and know how or know anyone that can thank you

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Old 12-22-2016, 6:03 AM   #5
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If you don't know whether the tank needs a reseal... then don't do it . That's just asking for a world of trouble. The manufacturer's seal is typically better than what we hobbyists can do.

The tank looks solid to me. Fill it up and see if it leaks. If it does then you can locate the problem reseal that particular side.

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Old 12-22-2016, 7:08 AM   #6
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Leak test. Resealing opens the door to more issues. Make sure it even needs tombs messed with in the first place.


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Old 12-22-2016, 9:00 AM   #7
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I resealed a 75 gallon tank recently. I used an online guide and it was straight forward. The main thing to ensure is that the seal/silicone in between the glass is not removed. Usually that part of the seal is perfectly fine. It's the excess silicone on the face of the two pieces of glass that needs removal and re-application.


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I resealed a 75 gallon tank recently. I used an online guide and it was straight forward. The main thing to ensure is that the seal/silicone in between the glass is not removed. Usually that part of the seal is perfectly fine. It's the excess silicone on the face of the two pieces of glass that needs removal and re-application.


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Old 12-22-2016, 9:24 AM   #9
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I just hate have everything setup and a year or 2 from now have to tear it down to do it

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Old 12-22-2016, 9:32 AM   #10
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If the silicone on the face of glass is flaking and loose it's worth doing it. If the silicone is smooth and applied well, i agree with others may not be worth it. I have setup plenty of used tanks and also oceanic tanks manufactured in the 90s and never re-sealed and no issues. My most recent tank was first one I did because the silicone was in bad shape on the face.


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Old 12-22-2016, 2:11 PM   #11
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If anyone knows anybody that does resealing aquariums let me know bc after looking at it this morning it is kinda flaky so really don't want to chance it so please if anybody knows anyone let me know

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Old 12-22-2016, 7:21 PM   #12
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I recognize that tank. I'm pretty sure I sold it when it was new.

If the silicone is intact, let it be. There is no 'need' to reseal it if there's no major damage to the existing seals.

If it is damaged, it can be resealed, it's not terribly difficult to do but it does take some effort - and make sure to use the right silicone. Marineland makes some that fits into a caulking gun, and I'd recommend using that. Using the wrong silicone will kill everything and render the tank useless.

I concur with doing a leak test - set it on the stand on a level surface, and fill it up. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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That's my issue looked at the vertical seals and they are flaky so that's why I would like to reseal it if I can find help

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If they are just a little flaky on the outside edges, I still wouldn't worry about it. If they 'peel' right to the joints, then you may want to reseal.

Again - aquarium-safe 100% rubber silicone, you will have to use a razor blade to remove all of the old silicone. Do not disassemble the panes, just take off the silicone on the inside glass. Clean the seams with alcohol to remove any residue/grease, and tape with masking tape on either side of the seams. Run the bead of silicone, smooth it with a wet finger, and pull the tape off right away - you'll have clean lines by using the tape as guidelines. Let it cure 24-48 hours and you're good to go.

The suckiest part is taking out the old silicone. That is a major pain in the rump. Getting the tape on straight is no picnic either.

Again - unless it really needs it, I don't think I'd do it. If it's the tank I'm thinking of, it was professionally maintained for the first 5 or 6 years - but not sure who has had it for the last 6 or so. That tank was new around 2003 or 2004.

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I'm pretty sure it needs done bc you can see air bubbles and silicone is so thin where it's flaking off I'm worried of putting everything together and have to fix bc it starts to leak in a year or so

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I can send pics of what it looks like if you see what I'm saying

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If it's that iffy you might be better off replacing the tank. Like I said, that tank is at least 10 years old, probably more. They stopped making those corner overflows in the early 2000s. We've resealed a bunch of tanks but only for our own use, not many people would want to assume that liability for somebody else.

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I just got the tank for 400 and really like it don't have the money to spend on another whole tank

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Doesn't look bad especially for the age of the tank. I would do a leak test.

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