View Full Version : Is my buldge to large??

10/02/2012, 09:11 PM
I finally set up my new "used" acrylic tank out in my garage to do a leak test for a week. I'm new to acrylic so im not sure how much of a bow is normal. i wasnt sure how to measure it but i took my t-square and got about a half inch bow side to side. then did the same from the top down. looked like half inch on the top part of the face and like an inch at the bottom. so does a half inch bow sound ok?

10/02/2012, 09:18 PM
I was begining to think this question was posted in the wrong forum!

10/02/2012, 09:24 PM
I have no experience with acrylic but that sounds pretty large to me. You may get a better answer in the DIY forum.

Michigan Mike
10/02/2012, 09:42 PM
Please that's not a bulge worth bragging about. Ha

How tall is the tank, 24"? it sounds bad but they do bow out some. It may not be as bad as you think.

10/02/2012, 09:49 PM
yeah its a 180 gallon 72"x24"x24"

10/02/2012, 10:04 PM
I was begining to think this question was posted in the wrong forum!

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10/02/2012, 10:06 PM
LOL i was trying to get some attention

10/02/2012, 10:23 PM
I had a 110g that bowed out over an inch and decided not to use the tank. I heard from a lot of people with this brand of tank that this bow was somewhat normal..... Not for me!

I would be okay with a half inch bow, nothing more though. But, if the top braces have any bow, I would not use it - sides bowing out top bowing up, not good. Also, if there is any crazing (small line spider cracks) on the top brace or at the seams, I'd be concerned.

Good luck with your little bulge! :)

10/02/2012, 11:02 PM
That's a good sized bulge for a boy your age.

10/02/2012, 11:09 PM
well now my buldge is leaking.
The top has no buldge just the sides and the one end the other end "peninsula style" has no bow to it. but i just walked out and looked and i have a small puddle of water in the garage now

Michigan Mike
10/02/2012, 11:15 PM
Dag, that sucks.

10/02/2012, 11:18 PM
big time out 400 bucks. i guess atleast i have a good steal stand. lol

10/03/2012, 01:30 AM
just went out to the garage to check and theres a small puddle of water under the tank. i checked all the seams and it doesnt look like they're leaking. i filled the water right to the overflow. water was a little over the loc line return. some water was in the overflow.
i have it sitting on styrofoam but didnt cut out the holes. so what do you think the odds are that the water was running into the overflow box and getting underneath the tank and running to the other end and leaking out?

jake koppen
10/03/2012, 02:17 AM
That's what got me too on a leak test before. Dry it up and give it a few days to see what appears or doesn't

10/09/2012, 11:11 AM
been a week still no leak. going to give it another week then take it to kel tech to polish it and look it over before setting it up. also here is how i measured the bow

10/09/2012, 12:28 PM
A well built acrylic aquarium shouldn't bow at all. How thick is the acrylic?