Tearing down a 20 to re-seal

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I have this nice 20 gallon from 1978, I believe, that I had planned on tearing completely down and re-sealing. But after reading a few articles it seems now that if there's no leak then there's no real problem. It's made of glass almost as thick as my 55 gallon tank and looks incredibly solid compared to today's cheaper tanks. It's an Oceanic. My question is: should I put more trust in it not starting to leak (I've tested it ... it doesn't leak)? I've had a 5 gallon leak on me ... it was a tiny pinhole leak that took over an hour to partially fill the bottom rim, but once bitten twice shy.
Can anyone offer some thoughts regarding using this well-built old aquarium vs. rebiulding it? When is old too old?
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DMD123 replied the topic: Tearing down a 20 to re-seal

That is a tough call. Small sized aquariums can be had for so cheap now days it just does not seem like its worth the effort. But then again they dont make them with nice thick glass anymore either.
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UNC-CH replied the topic: Tearing down a 20 to re-seal

That's a good point. It's hardly worth the effort if you can buy another 20 long for around 30 bucks, maybe less. The new ones may not have the same sturdy construction but if they don't leak then there's no problem. I guess it's just a shame to see such a nice tank go to waste because it's old and because I don't trust it.
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DMD123 replied the topic: Tearing down a 20 to re-seal

Not sure where you are located. Here in the US we have the Petco chain of stores that regularly put on a $1 per gallon sale. So $20 for a 20g tank or hours of labor and money for silicone, razor blades, tape.... I would buy new
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gorgoroth replied the topic: Tearing down a 20 to re-seal

if it ain't broken, don't fix it :D just leave it somewhere where it can do no harm during a week, if you haven't had a leak by then, it's probably still good to go for a long while. those 20-30$ you save on a tank can make you buy decorations, plants, ...

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