Cracked tank!

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Hi so just got my second marine tank, second hand but all good, it’s 4 foot long, was giving it a good clean before moving it into place on the stand and disaster!! Base is cracked, maybe the weight of the tank while moving? Anyway, am I absolutely done or would some sort of repair work? I thought about replacing whole base but there’s cuts where the pipes go in so not an easy thing , hoping my pics work, have also added sump pics and cabinet and brand in case that makes a difference? advice very gratefully received!

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Sorry to hear about the tank .... however is that the Display tank that is cracked or the Sump? I can't tell from the pics....either way I am sure it wouldn't be cost effective to repair.


Reason i ask is a sump will be a lot cheaper to replace... the display not so much.... if it is the worst case senario keep your eye out on the forums other people often give away tanks

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It is the display tank that’s cracked, I feel such an idiot!  But a lesson learnt albeit the hard way :(

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Such a shame.... i have a local tank builder near me that i would be heading over to speak to about a repair if that happened to me but unfortunately im at the other end of the country :-(

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Reply #4

Transporting is always a risk , and it's easily done , I think that would be quite hard to repair without stripping the tank down and replacing the base . I think it would be beyond plating over , and the crack between the pipes (unless it's stray silicone, hard to see on the phone) will substantially weaken the base .
Gumtree can also be quite good for cheap tanks .
The old tank could still be of use should you require any extra deviders in your sump or glass lids on new display tank you could cut up the remaining glass , always useful.

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It’s not cracked between the pipes, that is stray silicone, it’s just the crack coming up from the corner but I’m presuming that’s still too large to plate over?  Or would crack further once water was in? Is it even worth trying or just start searching for a new one?  I did like the tip about using the glass, it wouldn’t seem such a waste then!

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Sorry also from danants reply might it be worth looking for a professional to repair? Are there such people around?  Who knew!?  😊

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Reply #7

Argh, bad luck 😢

Yeah I definitely wouldn't waste your time trying to repair that yourself,  I tried to repair a simple small tank with no cut outs and it was a right bugger to get all the old silicone off etc. 

Gumtree is a good shout for a replacement,  and I see quite a lot coming up on local facebook groups.

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Reply #8

A method I've used in the past would have been to cut a large piece of perspex to the size of the inside of the tank and silicone this to the entire base , this has worked fine for me in the past generally as long as the crack has been within the confines of the edge . I don't think I'd take the risk with plating from the corner with the direction your crack has taken .
It's quite amazing how deep the water looks on the floor when it gives way and you need to mop up several hundred litres before the wife returns !! .....
And yes ... Unfortunately talking from experience ...  :damn:

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I agree @Gav .... its hard to realise the pressure that is placed on the Glass Structure by the water and flow.....with how this tank is damaged a replacement of the side/Base and reseal would be good enough i feel.    :'(

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Reply #10

Makes me feel better I’m not the only one! I just feel so sad about it as just before I cracked it I went to my LFS and reserved the lion and puffer that I’ve been lusting after and researching for 6 months 😢 might pop down and see if they know any professional types who could replace bottom or if they know anyone who’s selling a second hand 4 footer?  Doh!

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