Cracked base glass on BOYU tl 550

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  1. jsoli4

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    Hi I couried a tl550 and to cut long story short my base has cracked , can it
    be repaired?
     
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    Ouch. Know the feeling. If it's in one piece of glass from the sides then no. If it's separate, yes. But will cost you much because of labour. Glass isn't expensive, getting it done by a reputable tank manufacturer will be expensive.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    If you keen for DIY post a pic of it and then I can try help, but as Carlos mentioned labour will kill
     
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    As soon as I figure out how to post a pitcure I will do so
     
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    Hope it shows

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    you will probably have to remove the black plastic trim around the bottom first.. then with a blade you need to cut through the silicone and separate the base from the rest of the tank. you dont need to dismantle the hole tank.. just the bottom glass. then all you need is to have a new piece cut exactly to size and silicone it in place. I've had to replace a bottom glass for a sump few times and with the partitions is very difficult to lift the glass up so you can slide the blade and cut the silicone... in that case o just hammer the bottom glass to small manageable pieces that you can lift and cut. be carefully of course not to crack the sides.. do not hammer over the sides but in the centre
     
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    need to remove that plastic rim first as mentioned. It is silicone in place. It sounds easy, but it will be very stubborn. If you put the tank upside down, first ensure that all clips and screws that is on the top rim and can be in the way, are removed.
     
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    Since the crack is at a point, I would rather add a 6mm pane on each side and sandwich it and use loads of silicone.
    That way should the crack run it's between to heavily sandwiched 6mm panes. The secret is to use as big a panes as possible and fill the gaps with silicone. You looking at about R270 for glass and R70 for silicone from builders.

    Let tank cure for a week with no water then test with freshwater for a few days
     
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    Thanx for all the advice people now who can I contact in Eest London to do it for me?
     
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    Ask @les Hempel
     
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    Thanks u all for the assistance I took my tank to my local pet shop "finny flipper" and Shawn and Donald assisted me they will sort it out , they came to the conclusion that sandwiching it would be the best option, great stuff and its not going to cost me a arm and leg, thanx u guys this was my1st post and I'm really stoked about the support group.
     
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    glad we could help
     
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    Nice one, keep us updated on your tank as you set it up. :thumbup:
     
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    My tank are fixed and up and running ,water is in got some bio rock just need to buy some lr now hoping a fellow reefer is closing shop in East London so that i can buy of him,will post a photo soon.thanx u all
     
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    great news!!
    start a new thread
     
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