Aquarium leaking - what to do?

After some time, unfortunately, almost every aquarium once leaking. Of course, this is always a big disaster for everyone involved. Nobody finally has a second aquarium for emergencies standing around. How to save a leaking basin and its inhabitants once again, we show you right here.

What is possible?

To be perfectly clear, if the glass has a crack at any point, there is no salvation in sight for the tank. Some stick with aquarium silicone a slice over this place, if the damage does not occur just on the front. But in the end, this will remain an unstable spot, which is likely to break soon.

Aquarium silicone the all-rounder?

Leaky joints can usually be resealed with aquarium silicone. However, this is expensive and costs time as well as much careful work. A good support for older pools aluminum angle strips. These can also be glued from the outside with aquarium silicone over the edges. So a part of the pressure is intercepted or shifted and there is a second joint seal for the pelvis, so to speak.

Seal an aquarium step by step

  • aquarium silicone
  • Cuttermesser
  • fine emery cloth
  • tension belts
  • cardboard

1. Resettlement

If there is still water, this should of course be filled with the fish in an emergency shelter. A laundry tub or the like may not be ideal, but hardly anyone has a spare pool at home. Thoroughly rinse the tub with clear water several times before using it as an emergency tank.

2. Secure the basin

So that the pool does not stick together during the work due to missing silicone, the edges should be protected with thick cardboard on the outside and then a lashing strap from the car dealership should be lashed around. But do not stretch too hard, just hold!

3. Remove silicone

Any old sealant should be removed if possible, as some silicones do not bond together. Of course, this is not always possible, then you should at least carefully sand the area in question with a fine emery cloth.

4. Dry and clean

The seams and edges must be absolutely dry and clean before you can apply new aquarium silicone. So that really any moisture disappears, you can help out with a hair dryer, but do not set it too hot.

5. Grouting

The new joint should be much wider and thicker than the previous one. This is not about delicacy, but about the fact that the joint reaches and seals both discs. Therefore, the silicone should not be deducted too deep, but rather stick to each of the discs about one to two inches high.

Tips & Tricks

Of course, it would be ideal if aquarium silicone were always available. But unfortunately, this material does not last forever and would not help anyway. But what you can buy, especially if you have a larger pool of beautiful fish, is an inflatable paddling pool. This does not take up too much space and can be easily set up if necessary.

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