Hi everybody, joey here again and welcome
back. So in today’s video I’m going to show you
how to repair a broken glass aquarium. This video will concentrate on tanks that
are cracked. If you are looking for how to fix a leaking aquarium, I previously did a
video on how to reseal and aquarium HERE. So a cracked aquarium is not the end of the
world. However, the remedy for a fix does depend on where it is cracked. There are two main types of cracks. A crack
on a side panel and a crack in the bottom of the tank. We’re going to talk about how to repair both
types and how to prevent them. The easiest type of crack is if the bottom
panel cracks. If the bottom cracks, we need to do 3 things.
We first need find out why it cracked and either fix that issue first, or put in some
sort of safe guard to prevent it from happening again.
We then need to alleviate the stress that caused the crack. Finally, we can fix it. Figuring out why it cracked usually is due
to one of 3 issues. Something fell in your tank and cracked it. The stand was not a flat
surface and caused the tank to twist and then crack. OR something was under the glass and
put pressure on it enough to crack it. Even a small pebble can cause this. So knowing if you tank has a flat surface
or not is simple. If you have an aquarium with a bottom trim, all sides and corners
will be touching the stand when the tank is EMPTY. Do not judge this when full as the
tank can twist and settle with all side touching. If the stand is flat it might have been something
falling in the tank. It will be more than obvious if that was the issue. Finally, something might be stuck under the
tank like a small pebble that caused the crack. This will only be possible if the tank does
not have a bottom trim that elevates the bottom panel off the surface. If it was the stand, fix it. Take the stand
apart and build it again if needed. If a rock or something fell and caused the
crack, then remove everything from the tank, including the substrate. Once you patch the
crack, lay some egg crate on the bottom of the tank and then your substrate over it.
This will take the impact if something were to fall again. Reconsider your layout as well
and consider cementing your rock work together if that was the problem. So we now know how to find out why it cracked
and how to prevent it from happening again. Now we can move onto patching the crack. If you tank has a bottom trim on it, you will
know that the bottom pane of glass floats. Since we are not actually going to replace
that bottom piece, we need to support that bottom pane so it can no longer sag. We will need a piece of Styrofoam that is
the same thickness as the lip of the brace We will want to place this Styrofoam inside
the lip and it will need to be the same size as the bottom pane. If your stand does not have any center support
and is an open top, you will have the support it then add a sheet of plywood over it. Sit the tank in place with the Styrofoam under
it, and then move to patching it. The patch only needs to be another sheet of glass cut
to a size that will overlap the crack. With enough silicone, simply place the new piece
of glass over the crack. 6 mm glass is what I like to use for any size crack. Let it cure
for 24 hours and your set. The end result: Well, since the crack is now
supported from under the tank, it can no longer flex and pull apart. With the patch over the
crack, it can no longer leak. If you tank does not have a brace and the
bottom pane simply sits on the stand, then insure you have Styrofoam down to absorb any
irregularities in the stand, then move right to the patching of the crack. You can also simply replace the whole panel,
but the costs will be much more, and much more labor intensive. Both will yield the
same result, and no one will know which one you did as it will be covered in substrate
anyways. I prefer the patch, as it’s easier, cheaper and just as good as replacing. Now, what if the side front or back panel
cracks. Well. We need to replace the whole panel. The reason being is simple. Not only
will it be ugly, and there is no hiding it, but it also won’t last. The pressure being
put on these panels is too great for a patch. You have to replace the panel. We need to take the whole tank apart to replace
a panel, and doing so is not that difficult. In my video on building a corner tank, I show
how to take a tank apart. Watch that to find out how. Given the fact that you would have to buy
a whole new panel, and the labor that goes into replacing it, you might want to simply
compare those costs to what it would cost to replace the whole aquarium. Unfortunately
sometimes that might be the best route. Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed the video,
I definitely want to thank you for watching, and we’ll see you next time. So here is a simple and fun contest. In a
moment, I will provide you with an annotation link.
It will link to one of my other videos. Somewhere in the next video will have another
annotation. They will be hidden in one of the blocks like the background of this video.
If you’re not sure what an annotation is, it’s one of these! Slide your mouse over it to reveal it. You will have to find five annotations total.
One in each video link to the next. The first three people to inbox me here on
YouTube with the correct order the videos were linked in, will win a free shirt like
the one I wore in this video. Whatever size and color you want. Shipped
right to your door. Worldwide. The winners will be announced on my fan page.
The first three people are guaranteed a t shirt; however I will also select another
random three over the next few days to give everyone a chance. So that’s it! Here’s the first link. Good luck.