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    Posted: February 06 2010 at 7:27pm
Need some recommendation for repairing my new tank. I just bought a used 210 gallon tank while moving it into the house we hit one of the corners and crack the glass. It is only in the seam on the front pane. I think I could get away with just resiliconing the inside and outside of the tank in that spot but was wondering if I should use something like whatever they use to repair glass windshields first then silicone for extra measures? Does anyone know what is used for repairing windshield and where I might find some?


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Here are some pictures.
http://s837.photobucket.com/albums/zz300/arthur_iv/Broken%20210%20gallon%20tank/




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ugh, take a pic where the crack is?
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Crack or chip? Chip I might be able to sleep at night. Crack....not so much so. Checker and Auto zone carry windshield repair kits. However the forces present when a tank is full with water is not even close to the same as on a windshield.
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Oh boy, Art... I don't think you can fix that without replacing whole glass panels Ouch
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Wow that sucks. That was my worst fear when bringing my 200 down the stairs. Bob is right. You need a new glass panel.
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That front panel is gone for sure. The crack is above your seam and through the panel. With all the weight of 210 gallons of water... Cry

The other question would be the other 2 panels that connect to it. It looks like they took some damage as well in some of the pics, but hard to see how much since you were focused on those larger cracks. You'd want to find that out before you looks at replacement panels just to be on the safe side.

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I had a 200 gal. tank once that split the seam down one side. The dollars in livestock I lost and the clean-up was a nightmare! Not worth the risk I would say to try and repair it.   Jody
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I had a similar situation with a cracked glass tank, and I understand how concerning it can be. In my experience, using a cracked windshield repair kit can be a great solution. These kits are specifically designed to repair cracks in glass and provide a strong, reliable fix. You can find a variety of windshield repair kits at CrackEraser https://crackeraser.com/collections/all-windshield-repair-kits. By applying the kit's specialized tools and resins, you can reinforce the cracked area before applying silicone to seal it. This dual approach can provide extra measures of support and help prevent further damage. If you're unsure about the process, it's always a good idea to consult a professional or someone experienced in tank repairs. Best of luck with fixing your tank!
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Hey Arthur, dealing with a cracked tank can be a real challenge. While you're on the right track with resealing, it's important to use materials specifically designed for aquariums. Silicone sealants formulated for aquarium use will ensure the safety of your aquatic environment. When it comes to your idea of using windshield repair materials, it's best to stick with aquarium-safe options to avoid any potential harm to your aquatic life. For your tank repair, I'd recommend focusing on using a reliable aquarium silicone sealant to properly reseal the cracked area. If you're seeking a successful solution that aligns with your aquarium's well-being, you might consider checking out resources like Crack Eraser's windshield crack repair kit (crackeraser.com). However, ensure it's suitable for aquariums before applying it. If you're unsure, consulting experienced aquarists or forums might provide valuable insights. Your dedication to your tank's well-being is commendable, and I hope your repair turns out successful!
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