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Rick Cabrera
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# Posted: 9 Oct 2008 03:12 · Edited by: Rick Cabrera


I walked in the other day to find my water area 2 inches lower then when i filled it up in the morning. It is seperated by glass and now my plant area is flooded with water. I am going to stick a water heater in the water area so it can warm up the water on the other side of the glass and evaporate it.

Now this is the question. What type of sealent can i buy that is non toxic and hopefully will not ruin the enviroment i already have set up? Its a 135 galllon tank and tearing it down will take forever not to mention having to set it back up. It is currently housing 8 adult red eye tree frogs, 3 which are albino. Their are 5 more that are getting ready to go in to the tank in about a month (still to small to mix in with the adults). Ill post a pic of the tank in about an hour. Im really looking for a sealant that i can use with out even having to take out the frogs, but ill settle for something that doesnt need me to tear the whole thing down. Your suggestions are highly appreciated. Thanks.


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# Posted: 9 Oct 2008 04:34


I don't think you'll find a sealant that you won't have to take the frogs out for. Most of that stuff takes a while to dry. It's hard to say what you will and won't have to tear down without seeing it, but the the easiest thing to do would probably get some aquarium silicone from Wal-Mart. Just my 2 cents.


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Rick Cabrera
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# Posted: 9 Oct 2008 05:59 · Edited by: Rick Cabrera





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Rick Cabrera
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# Posted: 9 Oct 2008 06:06


Do you understand why i dont want to tear it down? It would take forever to rebuild.


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memnoch1970
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# Posted: 9 Oct 2008 08:59


get your frogs out of there, drain the water . let it dry. get some silicone, whatever color will blend the best. fix your leak. then cover it with some pond foam. then you can coco fiber it, or hide it with a brom or whatever. not hard at all.


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Jay Willis
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# Posted: 9 Oct 2008 09:54


Yeah, You don't need to tare the whole thing down, Just get the frogs, and maybe the gravel out for a while the patch the leak and hide the patch!

The3rdMan
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# Posted: 9 Oct 2008 09:56 · Edited by: The3rdMan


Rick I just had the same problem except that it was leaking to the outside. The problem was it was leaking into a section I thought I had sealed off and that part was leaking out. I tried everything to avoid taking it apart - in my case trying to get any type of aquarium epoxy to bond while wet. Unfortunately I ended up having to take the side glass out - your problem is much worse in that Im assuming you can't just take out a glass panel.

Here is my suggestion - dry out the water completely, find the leak or the general area, and get this amazing 5 minute epoxy from home depot - I think its made by devon. Home depot site is down now for maintenance or I would look it up. The key is the clear 5 minute type. I tried like 6 others, including supposedly "aquarium" epoxy by the same manufacturer. This stuff was amazing especially because it dried into this clear as glass hard as glass finish. All the other glues smelled extremely bad and took forever to dry and was still kind of moveable. This stuff, within hours, became part of the tank and rock hard and no chemical odor. I would totally trust it internally with my frogs. 100% silicone will work and is flexible with changes in temp, but I found that if not perfectly inserted it can tend to allow water if stuck to non glass sections of the viv.

Another suggestion given to me that I should have tried is to put a piece of tupperware that is the general shape of what is holding your water and put your pumps and/or filter in there and make it the new pond and fill in around that with dirt, etc. That way you dont have to use any chemicals.
GL - I know your pain - took me 3 weeks to make a 65 gallon viv tank - no way in hell was I going to take it apart again.

alex hayton
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# Posted: 9 Oct 2008 11:07


There are sealants for tropical fish tanks that can b used in wates and are fish safe, id try it on the outside joints it should work iv done it befor


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Rick Cabrera
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# Posted: 10 Oct 2008 03:20


thanks guys


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