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Thread: Leak test?
07-25-2013, 07:34 PM #1
Hey guys, couple of quick questions:
Whenever you buy a NEW tank, is it common practice to fill the tank with water, in a safe place (like outdoors) to make sure it doesn't leak?...I realize with a USED tank that this practice may be more common, I was just wondering if it would be a good idea to test a new tank before filling it up indoors.
What about cleaning a new tank?...my new tank came from the store with a few smudges and some tiny sticky spots, like a splashed soda or something...just use clean water and a clean rag to clean it up?
Thanks for sharing what you guys do with a new tank...
07-25-2013, 07:45 PM #2Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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I have always read it's a good idea to test a used tank - I purchased one from a thrift store and used it to soak new plants - guess it holds water LOL
About cleaning a new tank - I've read it's good to use vinegar - perhaps others will chime in with what they've used.
07-25-2013, 07:56 PM #3
I always wipe down a new tank with water. That would be typical of used tanks, too, except in the case that there is lime scale on them or something of that nature. Then White Vinegar would be best to remove anything difficult. White Vinegar is a great cleaning agent.
It's always a good idea to test your tanks before bringing them in, but sometimes they'll hold 100% all the time, and sometimes they'll give way during use. I had purchased a 10gal tank to hold snails and about 3 weeks into its' use, it started to leak down one of the seams. Easily replaced and luckily it was only a 10gal.
That being said, I just bought a 40gal breeder and two 20gal longs and did not test them before setting them up. I guess I'm a risk taker and enjoy the potential for perpetual chaos in a relaxing hobby. "What could go wrong? Anything at anytime! Muahahahaha!!!!"
07-25-2013, 08:02 PM #4
Thanks for the tips...I think I WILL fill up up outside the first time just to be safe, and wipe it down real good while it's still wet
"What could go wrong? Anything at anytime! Muahahahaha!!!!"
07-25-2013, 08:08 PM #5
When I get a tank whether it is new or used, I hose it out really good outside and also wipe the insides with vinegar to remove anything that might be In there. I fill used tanks outside to check for leaks but I have just gone ahead and set new tanks up in place
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07-25-2013, 08:28 PM #10
LOL. I'm TRYING to get on it, Longshot, believe me...you know what is REALLY holding up the whole shooting match?...WORK...dang job gets in the way of everything I wanna do...vacation days are always for stuff THE WIFE wants to do, it's about time to spend some hard-earned vacay time on something IMPORTANT...my new tank
Seriously, if I can get to the lumber yard this W.E., and get the stand done, then I can do the rest myself...i don't have a pickup truck or I would have already had the materials