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  1. Froggie

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    :thumbup:Hello everybody, Just starting out. Bought a 450l tank from a friend, tanks` in a bit of a mess - cracked bottom but getting it fixed (apparently I have to silicone a piece of glass over it. Bought Max's TS2 and built a cabinet for the tank over the weekend. Will start posting pics next week. Any advice very welcome as I know just about nothing about marines.

    Is there a comprehensive book available on marine aquariums anybody?
     
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  3. inflames

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    Welcome to MASA Froggie! Hope you enjoy a great forum! I would actually replace the whole piece of cracked glass! Will give the whole tank more stability long term...perhaps the glass was not thick enough to start with! Thats why it cracked!!What are the dimentions of the tank?
     
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    I think the dimension are actual quite odd, Lenght 1.68m Width 50cm Depth 60cm. I dont think the glass is to thin (10mm) It probably cracked from bad treatment - was standing outside a garden when I fetched is -was actually quite upset but for 300bucks I should probably not complain
     
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    Hey Froggie , and welcome to MASA !

    I'd agree with Inflames that it would be better to replace the glass panel entirely, and not just to patch it.
    Remember also that on the Boyu TL450, the bottom glass panel is recessed, meaning that it does not sit flush with the bottom of the tank. If you just silicone another piece of glass over it, chances are pretty good that it could crack again due to the strain.

    Better way would be to remove the bottom panel completely and then silicone in a new piece of glass which sits flush with the bottom of the tank.:p

    Insofar other advice is concerned : Read , read and read some more. As much as you can find on the forum here as well as from other sources.

    Check out the sticky in the Beginners forum " So you want to start a marine tank" or something like that.

    Other than that check out the Nano advice forum to see what other Boyu owners have done with their tanks.

    Good luck and keep us posted on your progress ;)
     
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  7. Froggie

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    :wave2:Its not a boyu tank, Its just a normal flat bottomed tank. Not the most wealthy person, doin everything slowly, I guess I will just have to save for that new bottom then, i defenitely do not need it flooding my lounge HEHE:lol:
     
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    Ooops . My bad. I read the 450l as in Boyu TL450.:oops:
    Sorry about that.
     
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    Hi Froggie,

    I would go with 12mm base with some bracing along the base (say 5cm all round in 8mm) for a tank that size! Might cost you more for the glass to repair it than what you paid for the tank! non the less a great prise as is!! Trust me...have had a tank crack on the base at 2am:(...really not fun trying to run around trying to save livestock and your carpet!!:razz:

    Good luck and look forward to the pics! Visit back often and ask as many questions as possible!:yeahdude:
     
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    :thumbup:Thanks 4 all the advice appreciate it stacks:wave2:
     
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    welcome to MASA!!!!:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Its been said already but it is MUCH better to replace the base of the tank.

    is the stand a solid top? or just rim support?

    If solid then 10mm with bracing will be more than fine, if just the rim i Strongly reccommend looking at a full double base !!
     
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    The cabinet has a solid top with 3 substantial supports underneath. Question: How do I seperate the old bottom from the tank without breaking the sides?:)
     
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    thin razor blades

    some say thin panio wire works, but i have not had success with this

    oh and blood, sweat, tears and many a curse
     
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    Hi froggy,
    welcome to MASA its great yo hear that you have a tank and a really nice skimmer for it, well done:) its strange dimensions as you say, and thats going to make aquascaping a little challanging as the narrow width might restrict you slightly, but its a good tank to start off with and you got it nice and cheap :)

    dont listen too much to neil and think that the blood and razor blades are for cutting yourself ok! :)

    do you have a sump at all? If so what sizes is it and does it have any compartments?
     
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    Welcome to MASA froggie

    As for removing the bottom glass I am with neil on this one LOTS of swearing is involved. Also try fishing gut or those wires they make for cheese cutters Boardbans sell them in packs of 3.

    Easiest is to first remove as much of the old silicone with a paint scraper before attempting to wedge something between the panes

    Good luck
     
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