Let's say you have an aquarium brand like oceanic aquarium that has been wet for 8 years how much longer is a good assumption for remainder of life span. What clues should I look for in black silicone? Looking at used tanks. Thanks
Maybe another 20-50 years? This is of course just a guess, but I don't see any reason why it would go bad in such a short time frame. An aquarium is more likely to fail because it's been moved around, followed by an improper stand then old age. My tank was setup in 2006 and it was purchased as a new/used (owner never set it up) and I have moved it long distance. I'm still not even close to worrying about the silicone. One thing I have done over the years is let about half an inch of coraline grow around the seems giving me free if somewhat unsightly "armored seems".
I'm pretty sure that if I ended up with 180 gal on the floor I would be sleeping outside for a while, this is of course after I cleaned it all up, apologized 1,458 times to the wife, took her shopping, and made pancakes... then I would be sleeping in a tent outside.+1 on the moving thing. I had a brand new 180 gallon custom built last year. After it was built it was moved to a custom cabinet makers shop, then moved to my house. It held water for a month and a half before the seam split. Moving those big tanks is really hard on them.
The tank has since been rebuilt with four 8" euro braces.
If i end up with 180 gallons of water on the floor again my wife might shoot me.
Did you completely remove all the structural silicone or just redo the sealing part inside the tank?I don't have personal experience with that brand or color of silicone, but I can share my experience and we might be able to start getting some data together here. I had my Aqueon with clear silicon up and running for 12 years before I noticed the edges start "pulling up" I guess the term would be. It was a freshwater planted build. When I tore that system down and replaced the silicon I was a bit surprised how easily some it it came right out of the corners. Not sure if that helps at all.
My Brother has an Oceanic 135 that is 35 years old and has been moved 4 times and is still 100% solid, never an issue.Let's say you have an aquarium brand like oceanic aquarium that has been wet for 8 years how much longer is a good assumption for remainder of life span. What clues should I look for in black silicone? Looking at used tanks. Thanks
Thanks, I'm just paranoid about resealing. How low will that last.
My honest opinion on “resealing”. If you plan on removing the silicone out of the corners and not from between the seams you are not resealing. This is just a cosmetic rejuvenation. The bead that’s wiped in the corner during assembly, not between the glass primarily functions to protect the silicone between the pains of glass from damage. Will it hurt putting a new bead in the corner? Possibly? Remember the new silicone will not bond to the old silicone. You may weaken the original silicone in the removal/cleaning process. Will it help keep the seams together, Not really. The silicone between the seams is in tension. The silicone in the corner is in a peal/shear type of load. The peal rating is 20% less the tension rating. I know there will be some who disagree with what I said above. They may even say I’ve done this and it held for 10 years. Well I had a 75 gallon tank that half for 23 years. If I “resealed” it at the 10 year mark I could say it didn’t fail or leak because I resealed it. Two people I know personally resealed there tanks. One was bought with a known Pinhole leak. It lasted just over 8 months before a vertical seam started coming apart. Known observations. The seam between the glass started pulling apart. The new resealed corners were for the most part intact and had just pulled away. The second tank was bought used and had been in service for approximately 6 years with no leaks. It was “resealed” and lasted 4 years before a vertical seam started coming apart. Same as above the “new” silicone corner was basically un damaged. It just pulled away.
The second tank I helped reseal. We completely disassembled the tank. Scraped all the edges. Scrubbed all the edges with acetone and 0000 steel wool. Tank was reassembled with SCS 1200. The later has been wet for 6 years.
I vaguely recall miracles having sales of tanks that were left outside in years past. I never personally went but they used to post sales maybe 10 or so years ago?Can anyone speak to leaving a tank in the garage outside for a while? Is the silicone generally okay as long as it's not exposed to the sun or other elements, or does cooler temperatures play a big factor?
I have a new tank sitting in the crate in the garage for the last year and probably for another 1 year. I'm in Canada so it gets cool in the winter but stays above freezing in the garage. As I mentioned, it's new in the crate and protected but I do wonder if the temperatures have any effect.
Fingers crossed over here!
Well, the wife gave me the tank as a Christmas gift (its honestly a dream tank to me), so she was just as sick as i was. Took 4 hours to get it broken down and moved. This of course happened in the middle of the night and i found it at 5:30am (tank and stand probably weigh 900 pounds without all the wet sand and it was on carpet). Then servpro was in and out of the house for 3 weeks cleaning and repairing the damage to the rooms affected. Took a total of 3 months for a new tank to be built AND the custom wood cabinet stand to be rebuilt. My poor african cichlids did survive in a 30 gallon plastic tote for the duration (only lost 1).I'm pretty sure that if I ended up with 180 gal on the floor I would be sleeping outside for a while, this is of course after I cleaned it all up, apologized 1,458 times to the wife, took her shopping, and made pancakes... then I would be sleeping in a tent outside.