View Full Version : 50 gallon blew today

12-15-2004, 10:01 PM
50 wide. I will post some pics. I have no idea what happened. The back pain broke from one corner to the other in a bow pattern. Luckily no fish in there yet.

Never had this happen before. Never want to again.

12-15-2004, 10:23 PM
Oh Man! I bet the language when you saw that was pretty colorful! That really sucks. Sorry about that. Hope it didn't do too much damage.

12-15-2004, 11:32 PM
I had that happen on a 20 gallon long (grow out tank) but it was because I had rocks against the back glass. It was fine for over ayear then BOOOOM. Hope it works out for you.

12-16-2004, 02:12 AM
damn,sorry to hear that rudy.time to get out the silicone and a new piece of glass,bummer.

12-16-2004, 09:10 AM
The good news is. For some reason I moved my mads out of the tank the night before and forgot to plug the filter, or heater back in. Really quite strange actually. Lucked out. The tank was actually in my fish room aka the furnace room witha floor drain 10 feet from it.

Hoping muy good friend Chris can shed some light on WTF happened. Here are some pics. Broke on the back in a bow shape?

12-16-2004, 09:10 AM

12-16-2004, 10:39 AM
That is exactly how mine broke. From corner to corner in a bow. I had rocks agasinst my glass at the center point that went about half way up. I attributed my break to that, but if you had nothing against the glass, then maybe mine broke for another reason also. hhhmmm

12-16-2004, 10:58 AM
Were you using an iron stand? I have have them break in the past when on such stands. If you look closely, very few of them are level, and only a fraction a a tank (usually just the corners) is being supported.

I had a 75 break in an upstairs bedroom years ago....... WHAT A MESS! Almost ended the fishkeeping ofr me! Who can ever know exactly what causes breaks...... but I know they don't occur with acrylic too often!

12-16-2004, 11:48 AM
The curvature looks like a standard glass break, probably started in the upper middle and chased the shortest path. I'd gouess that maybe a rock slipped or just long time of pressure in a bad spot.

12-17-2004, 02:40 PM
I was using a flat wooden base with syrofoam between the base and the tank. I'm still sure mine was the rocks I had on the glass, along with the long time pressure they were creating. I never have anything against the glass anymore.

12-18-2004, 11:27 AM
looks like a stress break to me - strange... had to have started somewhere and then that shape would be the natural shape from too much pressure pressing on the weakened glass... :shrug:

Matt V
12-19-2004, 12:17 AM
i have nightmares about that...

those pics are seriously scary...


new guy
01-01-2005, 02:28 AM
oh my god :jaw:

01-01-2005, 05:01 PM
yep got to check the layout of all of my tanks just to cover my uhmmm assets. That had to suck on so many levels. Like you said atleast no fish were inside.

01-11-2005, 11:33 AM
How old was your tank?

01-11-2005, 11:50 AM
One year.

01-11-2005, 06:59 PM
recon that could happen to 10mm glass rudy???? im absolutely peeing my pants here at work, wanting to go home and get the rocks of the back wall- imagine 890 odd letres on your floor!!!!!!! my room just aint big enough for a 240gal flood- not to mention my new parquetry wood floors!!!!

01-28-2005, 01:17 PM
WOW! That would be absolutely horrible. Ive had nightmares about that as well. I have my music studio almost directly below where my 100 gallon is. Didn't think about it until i had the tank all set up and fish in it. maybe i should move mine, lol. Anyways, sorry to hear what happened to you :(

02-05-2005, 03:24 PM
I have about 100lbs of granite in my 75G. I'm thinkin those fake rocks look kinda nice now.

02-05-2005, 09:43 PM
that sucks rudy, sorry to see that.