Re: NANFA-- Repair a 55 gal?
Wed, 29 Sep 1999 11:51:41 EDT

The key to any repair is to CLEAN the glass where the joint is. First remove
all the silicone with a sharp razor blade. Then wash the place where the
joint is with rubbing alcohol. Rub with a paper towel and the solvent until
squeeky clean. (If you have access to glacial acetic acid, it will clean the
glass even better, but must be used with ventilation and rubber gloves.) Let
dry and tape the replacement glass in place with masking tape. Run a bead of
Aquarium grade silicone sealant along the inside corners and smooth with your
finger fairly quickly after applying. Let dry at least 48 hours and fill with
water. It should be rinsed a few times before putting fish in the tank, after
you determine that it is holding water. If it leaks, you missed a spot with
the sealant. It can probably be sealed, if dried thoroughly and more sealant
applied where the leak is. All sealant is put on the inside corners.

Lee Harper

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