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Discussion in 'Tropical Discussion' started by Deanasue, Sep 10, 2019 at 6:31 PM.

  1. Deanasue

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    How long can we expect a glass tank that is constantly filled and cleaned to last? How about one that is used, drained and stored and then used again?
     
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    Do you mean last like material? Or last as in a cycle? Or the scape of the tank?
     
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    It depends on what you use to clean it. If you fill it with bleach and leave it to soak for a week, the silicon will break down in a matter of months and the tank will fall apart. If you wash the tank with soapy water or just plain water, it should last 20+ years assuming the silicon is good quality. Cheap poor quality silicon can break down after a year but most good brands of silicon will last at least 20+ years as long as they aren't exposed to bleach or other highly alkaline substances.
     
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    Yeah, what he said! ;)
     
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    What if you washed one with bleach and let it sit for 30 minutes?
     
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    I did that when I got my tank, and it’s still perfectly fine after 4 months.
     
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    Yeah, I did that to a 20 long and now worried. It’s been full again for several months.
     
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    Why are you worried? Has there been any leaks?
     
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    No, I just don’t Want to come home to dead fish on the floor and a flooded floor. :(
     
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    Did you put neat bleach in first then washed it out with clean water or cleaned it out with water with bleach in it?
     
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    If you are really wary about it, then I guess you could re-silicon it.
     
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    If the silicon is a good brand and you rinsed it out well after, it should be fine. I bleached most of my tanks a few times and they were still holding water 10 years later.
     
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    I think it would take more of a long term exposure to chlorine bleach in concentration before it would begin to degrade the silicone - not what one might do to sterilize a tank.
    Having 'said' that, used tanks that have been in dry storage for an unspecified amount of time may be do/overdue to be resealed. Even so, I have a couple of used tanks that I didn't even test - just cleaned and setup and they seem fine for several months now. (bear in mind that these are tanks in my unfinished basement, so if they leak, it's a pain, but not as much of a pain as if they were in living space (with floors, carpet, and a wife that barely tolerates the hobby! <g>)
     
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    I’m sorry, what doesn’t that mean?!? ????
     

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