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    In April, 2008 my husband and I purchased (new) a Marineland 120gal freshwater aquarium. Three weeks ago, the seal failed and it started leaking. We drained it and resealed, but that didn’t work and last night it started leaking worse than the first time.

    I love my fish and having a tank is awesome, but how often does this really happen? Did we just get a lemon? After sucking gallons of water out of my carpeting, I am understandably gun shy about getting a replacement if this is going to happen again. On the other hand, I have alot of money invested in the stand and all the equipment, not to mention my fish!

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    My opinion is that you got a lemon. Though, it's a lemon that lasted for about 6 years, so it's possible that something happened to the tank (either inside or outside) that would have stressed the seems, causing a leak. Tanks can last seemingly forever with the same seals, or at times they can fail within the first month or year.

    How did you go about re-sealing the tank? Did you strip the silicone out first, apply alcohol to the area you want to seal and then re-apply the silicone, or did you just layer the new silicone over the old?
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    That is not the norm. A tank (especially one that big) should be built to last more than six years. You might see if there is someone professional who could reseal it. If you do happen to have it resealed then put it outside or in the garage and fill it up. Leave it there until you feel comfortable that it isn't going to leak again. This way you reduce the chances of soaking your carpet again.
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    that couldn't be normal for the tank. we bought our 125 gal freshwater aquarium back in 1995 and it doesn't leak anywhere. don't know the brand but we bought it from a pet supply business. is you stand capable of keeping it supported level.

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    yes, we completely stripped all silicone out, cleaned with alcohol and the reapplied all new silicone on all interior seams -- both bottom and sides. We did not, however, take the panes apart to re-do the inner seal as I have seen recommended on the internet.

    It is the stand made for this tank. It has always been level and except for moving it from the store to our home, has never been moved.

    When it first failed, I inquired at many places if there was anyone that repairs tanks and was told from various sources that since tanks are no longer as expensive as they once were (don't know why they went down in price over the years....) no one repairs them as you could purchase a new for the price of replacing the seals.
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    I am done trying to fix this one. We don't have an indefinite amount of time to test -=- I have all of my fish in 5 gallon buckets right now. They didn't do so well for the 5 days the were in the buckets the first time, and have just barely recovered from that ordeal....

    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    That is not the norm. A tank (especially one that big) should be built to last more than six years. You might see if there is someone professional who could reseal it. If you do happen to have it resealed then put it outside or in the garage and fill it up. Leave it there until you feel comfortable that it isn't going to leak again. This way you reduce the chances of soaking your carpet again.

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    Any warranty on the tank?
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    If you enjoy having a tank then I would recommend you replace it. And get those fish out of buckets as soon as you can (do you have your filter material in there as well to preserve the bacteria; and airstones running to keep the water oxygenated?).

    Then if you like you can have another go at resealing the old tank at your leisure to sell and recoup some of the cost of the new one.
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    Any warranty on the tank?
    Most tanks come with a lifetime warranty against defects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gronlaura View Post
    Most tanks come with a lifetime warranty against defects.
    That's what I was thinking. =]
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