Retirement and forum shutdown (17 Jan 2022)


John Howell who has managed the forum for years is getting on and wishes to retire from the role of managing it.
Over the years, he has managed the forum through good days and bad days and he has always been fair.
He has managed to bring his passion for fish keeping to the forum and keep it going for so long.

I wish to thank John for his hard work in keeping the forum going.

With John wishing to "retire" from the role of managing the forum and the forum receiving very little traffic, I think we must agree that forum has come to a natural conclusion and it's time to put it to rest.

I am proposing that the forum be made read-only from March 2022 onwards and that no new users or content be created. The website is still registered for several more years, so the content will still be accessible but no new topics or replies will be allowed.

If there is interest from the ITFS or other fish keeping clubs, we may redirect traffic to them or to a Facebook group but will not actively manage it.

I'd like to thank everyone over the years who helped with forum, posted a reply, started a new topic, ask a question and helped a newbie in fish keeping. And thank you to the sponsors who helped us along the away. Hopefully it made the hobby stronger.

I'd especially like to thank John Howell and Valerie Rousseau for all of their contributions, without them the forum would have never been has successful.

Thank you
Darragh Sherwin

Re-Sealing Tank

01 Jun 2014 15:31 #1 by theangryman (chris)
Hey Everyone, it`s been a while
I finally got some spare time at home and good weather to build a stand for a secondhand aquarium I got last year, it`s a 240 litre Aqueon.
So yesterday I set to work and built the stand in the garden while the sun was shining and when finished I took the tank from the shed placed it on the new stand and filled with water.
Then would`nt you know it a small leak from the bottom of the tank, now I bought this from a buddy of mine and so have no reason to doubt it was fine when I bought it but a year in the shed seems to have had its effect.
So my question is, as it`s such a small leak would it be ok just to run a new bead of Silicone or should I cut out the existing seal and replace it.I have a tube of TEC 7 which has an icon of a fish on it, is this safe to use in an aquarium or should I hold off and buy a special Silicone.


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01 Jun 2014 17:11 #2 by JohnH (John)
Replied by JohnH (John) on topic Re-Sealing Tank
Chris hello again.
A thing you have to bear in mind is than silicone sealant (and I think this is the same for tec-7) will not adhere to cured existing sealant.
So, in the light of this I suggest you either run a bead wider than the sealant already there (glass-to-glass, so to speak) completely covering what's there or remove the sealant inside the tank's join (but not the joint itself) and then run a bead down each glass join (I hope I'm making some sense here - it's one of those jobs which is easier to do than explain).
I have never used tec-7 but have heard it's good for sealing but not for actual glass-to-glass joints. Obviously you need the one which is appropriate for aquarium use, which i assume the one you have is - by the fact it has a fish on the tube?
Can anyone else help Chris here? - Maybe someone knows and has used tec-7?

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01 Jun 2014 19:48 #3 by davey_c (dave clarke)
Tech7 wouldn't be the easiest to keep neat unless you mask up a boundary line to work to and use a filleting tool to give a nice clean bead. Yes it is aquarium safe but seems more sticky than maybe aquamate, as john says its no good for strength but grand for sealing, but will be fine for what you want it for.
I'd remove all the silicone from inside the tank and replace it with 1 continuous bead instead of patches.

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