12-12-2006, 08:55 AM #1
How long does a tank usually last?
I've been using the same 29 gallon tank now for about 15 yrs. The silicon is starting to come off of the edges. Is it safe to keep using or should I buy a new one?
12-12-2006, 10:45 AM #2
Why not try your hands at redoing the silicone on it? Apparently it's not all that hard as long as you know what you're doing. I don't, so don't ask me!
To be serious, it depends a lot on the quality of the tank. An average lifespan of the silicone is roughly 10-15 years, but it can last much longer. If the silicone feels hard in any place, I would suggest getting a new tank asap and start cycling it so you can move your fish in a relaxed pace.
12-12-2006, 12:17 PM #3
I have a 55g that was purchased in 1980 and has never been resealed. I also have recently retired a 33g from 1965 that was only resealed twice (once in the last 18 years). They are both well made tanks. The only reason I have retired the 33g is that the glass was going cloudy and a bit scratched up (my Dad used to clean off algae with a razor blade). I cannot vouch for the new tanks. I am sure some are not as well made. Smaller tanks seem to have a shorter life span, just because the glass is thinner. I firmly believe resealing is the way to go. Even if a 15g is less then $20.Greatest Guitar Forum Ever
12-12-2006, 01:39 PM #4
i would reseal it. it's not hard at all><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º>
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