Repairing cracked side panel

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    grumpy

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    I cracked the side panel on my 120 gallon tank. I'm just wondering if
    I can just have a piece of glass cut to the inside dimensions and silicone
    it to the existing glass ? The crack is at the bottom of the panel.
     
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    Becky Administrator

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    Sorry to hear that! How big is the crack?
     
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    At the bottom, maybe 1/2" from the frame
     
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    Becky Administrator

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    I've not heard of anyone on this forum fixing an issue like that themselves, but given that the crack is small I would have thought that it would be fixable.I would have thought that the best way to fix the 'patch' would be using clear silicone, but if I were you I'd want to silicone the whole area where the two pieces of glass meet. Could be tricky to do a neat job like that though, and you wouldn't want air bubbles.

    If the crack is on the edge of the glass, then I wouldn't attempt this though as there is more of a chance that the crack could continue to split.
     
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    +1 Becky

    It's not an easy repair, and even if you do get a good seal, I would be worried about the stability of the tank
     
    Paligues, Feb 18, 2016
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    Buy a new tank!
     
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