Re: NANFA-- Repair a 55 gal?

D. Martin Moore (
Wed, 29 Sep 1999 11:26:46 -0500

> probably be sealed, if dried thoroughly and more sealant applied where the
> leak is. All sealant is put on the inside corners.

I always silicone the edges. If the end is broken, then I remove one
of the long sides before gluing the end. The reason is that once
you apply a bead of sealant to the edge of the glass, you want to
press them directly together to avoid gaps/bubbles in the joint. If
you try to just glue the end back in, you have to SLIDE it past the
edges of the long sides, which smears the sealant and does not
create a good joint.

Once the glass is in place, the sealant which squeezes out of the
joint can be smoothed with a finger on the inside corner, to form a
"fillet" (don't ask me why it's called that). Don't try to remove the
excess which squeezes on the OUTSIDE of the joint yet; wait until
it dries and then cut it off with a razor blade.

I have built and/or repaired at least 25 tanks this way and have
learned a little through trial and error.



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