Project old 450L tank

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  1. Caydonh

    Caydonh Member

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    Hello everyone

    Thought I would start a new thread to get some help on my latest project I have not resealed or revamped any tank or equipment before so its a first and was hoping I could get some advice and input, along with do's and don't. This is going to be mine and my wifes weekend project and needs to be as cost effective as possible. We plan on buying small amounts of things needed for the tank each week.

    So my tank is 1.5m X 60cm X 50cm it will hold approximately 450L. The tank has been empty for a while and there is a leak along the back panel. There is alot of dried algae, water marks and dust. Could use some advice on cleaning.

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    I also have 2 filters that are really dirty and need to be cleaned inside and out.

    Need to get new polystyrene base and need to build a stand which I later would like to be a cabinet.

    Then comes the stocking of the tank.

    So all in all its a long big project for us and plan on keeping the thread updated with progress.

    Thanks in advance for any advice given it will be much appreciated.

    Caydonh
     
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  3. Caydonh

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    Here is a different angle.
     
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    Nice man sounds like a nice project. Do yourself a favor get yourself glass sliders they make a huge difference. Also add additional bracing for the centre section. Good luck.

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  5. Caydonh

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    Thanks Hviviers75 it did come with glass sliders for the top is that what you mean.
     
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    Pleasure, yes thats what I meant.

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    You can clean the white residue with vinegar. How thick is the glass? Can you take a picture of the silicon where it is leaking?
     
  8. roydenchurch

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    Hi guys. I placed a towel on the glass and poured 2L of vinegar onto the towel, let soak for at least 40 min and use a carpet knife blade and clean. Ensure you clean well after. My advise is to reseal the entire tank. I have done this recently to a 4ft.

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  9. Caydonh

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    The glass is 10mm and I dont know where the leak is. I brought it yesterday and want to reseal the whole tank as the silicon is lifting.
     
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    What does the silicon look like? Is it white and hard?
     
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    Strip whole tank and reseal.just to be safe.
     
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    Yes the silicon is milky colour but not to hard
     
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    Ok.. that means you'll have to dismantle the tank, scrape old silicon off and rebuild. I would just buy a new tank to be honest. Much less work. Best way to dismantle is with a garrote made with stainless steel trace wire.
     

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