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66 Gallon leaking.

Post by theswede on Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:37 am

Woke up this morning and stepped into a pool of water Sad . Fortunately the flor is leaning a little towards the middle of the room, so all the water was in a pool beside my bed. No water damage. Put all the fish and rocks into my bathtub. I had water in this tank for 30 years so i´m not really surprised that it started leaking.
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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by bulldogg7 on Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:57 am

Sorry, that sucks, hope you can fix it without too much trouble.

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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by Aura on Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:08 pm

Oh no! Do you have a place to put the fish while you take care of this? (other than the bathtub) Surprised

My 55 gallon is 27 years old and I wonder how long before something like this happens to mine. No
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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by theswede on Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:54 pm

Aura wrote:Oh no! Do you have a place to put the fish while you take care of this? (other than the bathtub) Surprised

My 55 gallon is 27 years old and I wonder how long before something like this happens to mine. No


The only option at the moment is the tub. On the plus side is that it will be easy and fast to do a water change. I can scratch the silicone off with my nails. It just falls off. I guess the frame saved me from a flood .
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Post by iceblue on Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:17 pm

A bit of fixing and it can serve you another another 30 years.

Is it an old metal frame tank and how are the fish reacting to their new "white" surroundings?
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Post by theswede on Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:43 pm

iceblue wrote:A bit of fixing and it can serve you another another 30 years.

Is it an old metal frame tank and how are the fish reacting to their new "white" surroundings?

Yes, and I get to turn it around and get a scratch free front. The frame is made of some sort of thick plastic (made to look like wood) on the top and bottom and metal on the sides. The fish are coping well in the tub. They have all the rocks in there with them. Also connected the canister filter to it.
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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by football mom on Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:32 pm

I'm sorry your tank leaked, but it is amusing to think of your fish swimming around in your bathtub! I guess after that many years, you can't complain too much.
Hope you get it fixed soon.

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Post by theswede on Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:33 pm

football mom wrote:I'm sorry your tank leaked, but it is amusing to think of your fish swimming around in your bathtub! I guess after that many years, you can't complain too much.
Hope you get it fixed soon.

No, I can´t complain. I´ve been worrying about this for a long time and when it finally happens I get off easy. No water damage. Maybe I should try this while they are in the tub .

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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by vman on Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:40 pm

my 120 just leaked last year at 32 yrs. Sorry to hear about yours .
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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by theswede on Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:46 pm

Been strugling with the removel of the old silicone. Tried razorblades, charp knives and so on. That did´nt work so well, so I went home to my parents house and loaned a chisel. After that I did the whole tank in 45 minutes. What a difference. So tomorrow i´m gonna buy some aceton to clean all the surfaces. Hopefully I will get the tank up and running in a few days .
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Post by Aura on Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:01 pm

Interesting. I've been trying to completely remove some silicone and the razorblades are taking forever.
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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by theswede on Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:22 pm

A chisel like the one on the picture will remove the silicone fast and easily.


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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by Aura on Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:51 pm

It worked. Thank you! I love you
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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by cichlidman on Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:05 am

I hate that you had a leak..

I have noticed the silicone on 1 of my 55 gallons is looking bad.
I am going to change it out.

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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by nitroloser on Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:20 pm

i hate it when that happens i have an 75 gallon thats abot 15yrs old and prob ready for a overhaul
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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by football mom on Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:04 pm

The fish pedicure is funny! I have been told that if you go out to the jetty's here, and put your foot in a net and be real still the little peppermint shrimp will come out to clean you and you can collect them for your SW tank, lol.

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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by Aura on Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:40 am

How is this coming, Håkan? Are you still taking baths with your mbuna?
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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by theswede on Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:11 am

Aura wrote:How is this coming, Håkan? Are you still taking baths with your mbuna?

The tank is back in business . I´ve had fish in it the last couple of days without any problems.
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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by theswede on Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:25 am

A shot of the 66 gallon that where taken while I was putting the fish back in there.


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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by Aura on Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:25 am

I know I've said it before, but I absolutely love this tank!

That whole process must have been a lot of work. Was the background a problem to remove?
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Post by buntbarsch on Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:54 pm

Oh yeah, I too had my share of leaks. When it is discovered, the first two words everybody would say is "Oh S@!##".

The last one happened to me about two years ago. When I went after work into my fish room, the 135g Tropheus tank was halve empty. It happened due to my own stupidity. One of the very large lime stones was leaning against the back glass on the right side of the tanks which pushed the glass outward and the seam gave away from the top halfway down. Good thing was that I have a drain in the room but the bad thing was that I had no room for the fish to go. So I inserted a wedge in the gap at the top of the tank, cleaned out the silicone as much as possible, loosened the wedge a bit and sealed it up again with new silicone. I left the tank halve empty for another two days and filled it up again. So far so good, no more leaks. That is what I call LUCK Very Happy

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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:09 pm

That tank looks awesome!!! Glad you were able to fix the leak Wink

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Re: 66 Gallon leaking.

Post by theswede on Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:00 pm

Aura wrote:I know I've said it before, but I absolutely love this tank!

That whole process must have been a lot of work. Was the background a problem to remove?

Thanks. The backround sinks by it´s own weight, so there for loose in the tank. I just had to remove the midbar and lift it out. No prob.


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Post by theswede on Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:10 pm

buntbarsch wrote: I left the tank halve empty for another two days and filled it up again.


On the positive side it was half full. Glad you did´nt lose any tropheus and also did´nt get any water damage out of the whole deal.
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Post by theswede on Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:16 pm

Rift_Lakes_Rule wrote:That tank looks awesome!!! Glad you were able to fix the leak Wink

Thanks Mike!!!
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