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Terrarium

Burstsovenergy24

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I have recently been given a 15 gallon glass tank. I was planning to use it for my fish but then I noticed it said on the bottom: This is a Terrarium, WIll NOT hold water. I had already filled it to the top and it didnt crack or anything when I noticed it. Since it hasn't leaked do you think its safe to use?





Thanks

Jesse
 

Nancy

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#2
If it's not built to hold water, it could eventually leak. It's not built to the standards of an aquarium. I wouldn't risk it, having once had an aquarium that sprung a leak. Use it an a terrarium - that's interesting, too.

Nancy
 

dbbga

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OH yes Nancy is right, I did the same thing :shock: It took about 2 weeks and mine started leaking, what a mess :shock: :shock: never again, never again, I learned my lesson :wink:
 

cthulhu77

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They are right...terrariums are built with single strength glass and a light bond of silicone, rather than double st. or plate glass and a caulked joint of silicone...so, yep, it will leak...or even worse, a pane of glass might just pop out one day, spilling the contents every-which-way.
I would get some baby bearded dragons or something for it!
Greg
 

mikeconstable

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Glass Tanks

Does anyone know how durable silicone-glued tanks are? (I have one of 12 cubic foot about 16 years old, not filled for several years, on the 1st floor!).
What dangers?
 

L S

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Hey Mike,

Learned from my LFS that very good silicone could last for a decade or more, for tank in continuous use. But if yours is not filled for so long, seems to me a bit risky, the silicone may have loose its property oredi.

Cheers,
LS
 

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