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How sturdy is a 55 gallon tank?

Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:22 am
by krazykilroy
So, I dusted off a couple of tanks I had in my house in Jersey, and brought it up to Massachusetts. a 10 gallon, and a 55-gallon All Glass Aquarium tank that I bought back in 1991. Before I brought them up, I filled them with water to ensure of no leakages. both were good.

When I got up to Mass. I started to set up the 10 gallon first. Put the substrate in, put the water in, and just when I put my hand in to smooth out the substrate?

*CRACK!!!*

Between pig mats, and quick thinking, we got most of the water before it left the tank. Still, about 3 gallons hit the floor.

Now my woman is Scared sh*tless about setting up the 55 gallon tank. Because it is "old" and the amount of stress that was possibly done to it during transport from NJ to Mass. So I filled the tank with water outside on the patio, and will let it sit for a couple of day to check for any leaks or stress fractures.

So the question is: How sturdy is a 55 gallon tank? That 10 gallon cracked like a super dry peanut! I bought this tank over 20 years ago when it was still AGA, and not Aqueon. Should I trust it? Or hold off until I can get the money to get another 55?

Re: How sturdy is a 55 gallon tank?

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:49 am
by Mike Wise
I bought 55s older than yours. Some leaked, some were fine. I'd suggest you fill the tank outdoors and leave it a couple of days to see if it leaks before bringing it indoors. One word of warning: newer 55 tanks are commonly made from tempered glass, not plate glass like your 10. If your 55 doesn't have ½" thick glass sides, it's probably made from tempered glass. When tempered glass breaks under pressure (full tank), the glass doesn't crack. It shatters, exploding into many small pieces - and you won't have time to drain the tank before all of the water is on the floor. Whether a new or old tank, just make sure it's on a level and stable stand.