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Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Penny, 25 Jun 2014.

  1. Penny

    Penny

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    Are you experiencing any problems in your tank?
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    Brief Description
    Small leak
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    1500 x 600 x 650
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    600l
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    1 month
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    Hi, my new (second hand) tank has been cycling now for 3 weeks, yesterday a small leak started on the bottom front corner of the tank, a little drip every couple of seconds.

    I would like to know what would be the best way to repair this leak.

    Can it be repaired without draining the tank, if the tank needs to be drained, what is the best way to look after the water, live rock etc, so as not to interrupt the cycling too much?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

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    What is your location?

    The best option would be to drain the tank. You can place the substrate and rocks in a big tub, with powerhead and heater. Just check salinity every second day.

    But that corner needs to be redone. Maybe a good look at the rest of the tank as well, seeing that it is a secondhand tank.
     
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    Never the words you want to hear but better safe than sorry.
     
  5. Penny

    Penny Thread Starter

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    Hi Riaan, I have updated my location.
    My concern is having a big enough tub for the rocks etc.
    I suppose I can line my bathtub and use that.

    I thoroughly checked the tanks silicone and did a leak test on it for a week before installing, but hey life would be boring without these challenges.:(
     
  6. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi @Penny can you perhaps post a pic of the leak? silly question but are you sure it is not condensation.. (had to ask), where was the tank standing before you got it? was it full or dry?

    im worried the slicone may have gone brittle due to being dry...
     
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  7. Gavin Barberini

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    Tank Repair

    Hi Penny
    I am afraid you must empty the tank as the internal seal is compromised. If you only fix one corner, it may develop a leak in another corner but this time you would have live stock as an added complication. The advise about a tub etc for the live rock and water is good.
    Also get a reputable person to do the repair.
    Regards
     
  8. RiaanP

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    get yourself one of those 250L tubs at Plastic land. You will one day re-use that tub again.

    Just never use that tub for anything else, no soap no detergents. Nothing.
    Be careful with a bath as well, Unless you put a double layer plastic paint drip sheet, the thicker type in the tub to line it out. There will be too many unknown soap etc that could impact your rocks.
     
  9. Penny

    Penny Thread Starter

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    It had been standing dry for a couple of months.
     
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  10. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i would suggest a strip down and rebuild, it will offer you better longterm peace of mind, silicone can go very brittle if its stood dry for a long time and the situation is worsened if its been standing in the sun...

    rather sort it out now than later.. sorry i couldent sugar coat it..:blush:
     
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    @Penny if you need help please shout i am in the edenvale area. alternatively @Nemos Janitor can help to fix the tank
     
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  12. Penny

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    Thanks all for the advice. Nemos Janitor coming to seal the tank tomorrow.:)
     
  13. Gavin Barberini

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    Hi Penny
    Absolutely no problem you made the right decision
    Regards
     
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