Can any Kind of critter damage silicone seam on glass aquarium?

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Few days ago heard some strange thing about that some kind of hitchhiker damaged silicone on glass aquarium. This statement appeared for me strange. Thing is, what I was told that this critter somehow managed to penetrate whole silicone seam trough inside out. Damage was only like small hole/pinhole, but what seams even more ridiculous that it went all the way trough 25mm (1") of silicone seam. My suspicions are that aquarium builder wanted to cover own gluing mistakes on tank, rather than some critter damaged seam. Thing is that aquarium started to leak few months after setup. Leaking part was on bottom side silicone, and leak was like from pin hole.
Have anyone heard about such damages by critters.
 
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Never have I heard this. In my opinion it would take some serious boring/digging abilities. Heck, I can barely get through silicone with a razor knife.

Only silicone damage I’ve ever heard about was damage from glass scrapers…and you guessed it, razor blades.
 

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Nope, not on one spot. I have had hermits eat old worn out silicone. Nothing like what you're saying.
I always feel like they are going to jump out too when they climb the corners.

Also to the subject I can't imagine what could have enough force and be sharp enough to do that. I would think flaw in seal
 

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I always feel like they are going to jump out too when they climb the corners.

Also to the subject I can't imagine what could have enough force and be sharp enough to do that. I would think flaw in seal
It is a flaw. Critters in our tanks don't want to tunnel through silicone. I never heard of it once.

Like I said, old silicone munched on by hermits, probably because algae was growing on it.

And, this
Only silicone damage I’ve ever heard about was damage from glass scrapers…and you guessed it, razor blades.

It's their fault, and they are blaming the animals.

Could have been an air pocket that got over looked.
 
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They 100% can. They can leave trails in acrylic and eat through power cords. Tunze includes armor spirals to fit onto their cords for exactly that.
 

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They 100% can. They can leave trails in acrylic and eat through power cords. Tunze includes armor spirals to fit onto their cords for exactly that.
Eating or piercing an inch hole through silicone, I doubt it. Edges yes. They can destroy that with ease. Between the glass panes, not sure how they would manage that.

Edit: I would love to be enlightened.

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I am sorry to tag you. Just never heard of an urchin eating through silicone. Power cords, yes.
 
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Eating or piercing an inch hole through silicone, I doubt it. Edges yes. They can destroy that with ease. Between the glass panes, not sure how they would manage that.

Edit: I would love to be enlightened.

@vetteguy53081

I am sorry to tag you. Just never heard of an urchin eating through silicone. Power cords, yes.
Urchins can and do damage silicone. They don't pierce perfect little holes, they rasp it with their radula. The OP asked if there are any animals that can damage silicone. Was an urchin the culprit in his case? Probably not.
 

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Urchins can and do damage silicone. They don't pierce perfect little holes, they rasp it with their radula. The OP asked if there are any animals that can damage silicone. Was an urchin the culprit in his case? Probably not.
I read his post. I know urchins damage anything they get their beak on.
But, they don't go through the panels. That was the real question. The flaw could be a silicone air bubble that was ignored
Thing is that aquarium started to leak few months after setup. Leaking part was on bottom side silicone, and leak was like from pin hole.
Have anyone heard about such damages by critters
 

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I read something about that a while ago. The stories seem credible enough that it might be possible, but the probability of it being an issue must be tiny.


 

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I read something about that a while ago. The stories seem credible enough that it might be possible, but the probability of it being an issue must be tiny.


And those are interesting.
 

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