another one bites the dust.

Discussion in 'Medium Tanks' started by ben lloyd, 8 Jul 2009.

  1. ben lloyd

    ben lloyd

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    I'M gatvol, i got back home yesterday and started to fill the tank with salt water and this morning i find this one big crack. what went wrong it was fine when i got it from Dallas?????

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  3. Broder

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    Nooooo.... That crack is in a weird place as well. You'd expect it to be vertical. Is the glass very scratched?
     
  4. ben lloyd

    ben lloyd Thread Starter

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    no i think the tank was not sitting 100% level.
     
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    Oops. Should be easy enough to fix. I use trace wire and use it like a band saw through the silicone. If there isn't enough gap, just wedge a spatula or something in, to create a gap.
     
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    That REALLY sucks man:(
     
  7. ben lloyd

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    Do we have sponsors on masa that can supply a new glass panel.?

    it was -5 this morning i wonder if it have something to do with it?
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Sorry about that Ben. It is very important to level out a tank before filling it up. Ask me, I have been down that road twice.
     
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    Sorry to hear, beautiful pic though!:)
     
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    Oh No, sorry to hear this. As stated it is fairly easy to fix, i would also guess that the tank was not level, does it have a steel frame that it sits on or is it only wood, and if wood what type of wood?
     
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    eish thats not nice.hope you can fix it. looks like a awesome tank:)
    oh and very nice pic but way to cold for me:p
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    been sorry to hear, i used that for 3 months no issue
    my 4ft bit the dust this weekend, cracked in the corner where 2 panes met on both sides....

    i have a glass contact will pm u details
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    ben did the front of the tank get exposed to a cold breeze blowing across it? i have seen tanks break due to that reason before (always the front pane) but it is a shot in the dark as theres no real way to prove it. test the stands level and go from there to prevent it from happening again.

    as for the fixing, its all part of the territory.. :razz:
     
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    I doubt if the outside temperature will crack it. Most likely it is not level.
    Those wooden cabinets (some of them) have a triangular piece in the corners and middle that serve as feet. Normally same wood as cabinet and normally a type of pressed wood. More compact type than what normal TV wall units are made of.

    My guess is that it was riding see-saw on the center feet. Or the other way around, center foot front was in the air - more likely. Not much. But as you rocked and tested if the tank was standing OK, all 4 corners was firmly planted, giving no rocking motions, fooling you into believing that the tank is stable. Even using a spirit level across the tank will not show this error.

    Been there, done that, but luckily we tested all the feet with a piece of cardboard when the tank was 1/3 full.
     
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    The tank stand on a steel frame the wood is just camouflage to hide the frame.
    it was very cold last night and the door was open so the cold air came in the water temperature was 30 deg ,but the tank was probably not standing level.
     
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    sorry to here man
     
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    sorry, to hear ... sucks ... i would in future place some marine ply on top of metal stand and then polysterene on top of the wood, this helps absorb any movement from warping wood ... oh yeah, and make sure tank level as mentioned above ;)
     
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    yes it really sucks a lot the tank is standing on a wood base with 20mm polystyrene on top.
     
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    Er, there's no guilty looking children/wife/maid/etc perhaps ? Metal frame with wooden base and polystyrene should mean pretty damn safe in my books . . .
     
  20. ben lloyd

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    No it happened last night i clean the class at 10pm and this morning it was fack!!
     
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    Well look at the bright side. It happen now before you have livestock in there.

    Just trying to brighten your day.
     
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