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    life span for a glass tank?

    Ok my tank is starting to look the way i want. I am starting to notice salt creep that is forming on the front glass at the bottom of the tank. My tank is in the wall. so it is very hard to see the bottom edge. I suspect that there is a small leak some place.

    This tank is about 8 years old. what is the life span for a salt water tank?

    Do you guys think its time to replace it? My wife says its just an exuse to buy a larger tank.... I really dont want to tare this tank down and start over.. but if i have to i will.

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    It is not likely a leak. It is likely salt creep resulting from water that has from time to time run down the outside of the panes and got between the panes and the bottom trim. See it all the time on older tanks. Most pure silicone like that which is used in aquarium manufacturing is guaranteed 25 to 30 years.
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    so this should go away then? its been about 3 - 4 days now. i wipe most of it away. and it slowly comes back
    TANK -35 Gallon with 15 gallon sump/fuge
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    No it likely will not go away unless you can really get the space between the glass and the trim dried out. Do keep in mind that it COULD be a leak but not likely. All of my salt tanks in the past have at one point or another done this and only one was leaking. The bottom pane was cracked from front right corner to a back left corner.
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    I agree with OSD. From time to time, I've had a tank that had som salt deposits form in the exact same spot. At first was sure it was a leak, but mine did end up just going away after a while. If I recall, everytime I noticed it was after the tank was just setup.
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    ya.. this is common, mine has this on the sides where I have the fans running, the drying action causes that.. spashes do this also.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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