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How to Recaulk a Tank in Three Easy Steps

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I don't know why it is, but I seem to do my best thinking and spontaneous thinking late at night! For your reading pleasure I am going to document how I am going through the process of recaulking my 55 gallon tank.

A little background: I bought this tank used from Craigslist for $150.00. I think it came with lights and possibly a filter, but the tank was set up as a saltwater tank. Whatever, I set it up and it has run great for the past minus 2 years. Then, about 3 weeks ago, I went downstairs to feed the fish. I noticed the carpet was wet and the water level in the 55 was down about 5" from the day before. After some careful investigation, I determined it was leaking in the back lefthand side (if you were facing the tank).

I called in late for work and proceeded to drain the tank and find temporary homes for the P. pulcher and other occupants.

Tonight me and the missus had supper and I thought, "well, it's after 9:30 pm, time to get cracking!". What follows are some details of what I managed to do tonight. Enjoy!

1. I got the tank in the garage settled on a stack of milk crates. As you can see, the tank is very dirty and needs to be drained, cleaned and wiped down.

2. I got the tank wiped down and cleaned. I used a mixture of alcohol and water to do the cleaning. Looks pretty good if I do say so myself. On to the next blog entry!

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