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yellowworld
03-28-2014, 09:22 PM
So I have a random thought, I'm just resealing a tank and after cutting the corner bead out i figured id try something and i filled the tank back up, its still water tight there are no bubbles in the silicone that is between the two pieces of glass leading me to believe its still a strong bond, i didn't see anything moving or looking stressed so now i have to ask... dose anyone know just how much silicone is actually needed at the minimum to hold a tank together?

globaldesigns
03-28-2014, 09:52 PM
The bond is actually between the glass itself , not the excess bead outside of the glass connections. I have seen tanks with all beads cut off without issue. And they look very clean looking.


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yellowworld
03-28-2014, 09:54 PM
The bond is actually between the glass itself , not the excess bead outside of the glass connections. I have seen tanks with all beads cut off without issue. And they look very clean looking.


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Perfect! looks like that bead isn't going back in!

lastlight
03-28-2014, 09:59 PM
That's pretty much how the ELOS tanks are built.

http://www.nanoreefblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/elos_seams.jpg

The fillet inside is there to protect the bonding seam (which I think is important over time considering we run blades and magnets all over our tanks).

lastlight
03-28-2014, 10:03 PM
This comment might interest you as well:

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showpost.php?p=13914777&postcount=2

yellowworld
03-28-2014, 11:08 PM
This comment might interest you as well:

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showpost.php?p=13914777&postcount=2

Thanks!! that tank looks great and the information is something to consider as well, i think ill be okay when i put the tank together is used CRL "water clear" Professional quality silicone sealant so i think i should be just find its holding water now and looks better then anything I've ever seen!