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Freshwater Aquarium/wet dry filter hose leak


I just bought a used tank and wet/dry filter and I am setting it up.  I have everything set up and when filling the tank there is a leak where the o-ring attaches from the bottom of the aquarium.  This is where the hoses for water coming to the filter and going into the aquarium.  Can these attachments be sealed with silicone?  The hose doesn't leak where it attaches, the leak is on the bracket that comes thru the tank.

Hi Rhonda

I wouldn't seal it with silicone, it will be difficult to remove should you need to replace the filter, hoses etc. You should be able to buy replacement parts at any pet store. However, since you purchased the tank and equipment used, I would consider buying a new filter anyway. With used tank setups, you never know what problems and/or diseases the previous owner may have had with the tank.

Hope this helps, good luck!


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I own and maintain several freshwater aquariums from 2 to 180 gallon. I can answer most questions about freshwater aquariums, including setup, cycling, maintenance, compatible tank mates, feeding. Moving? I've moved fish both across town and across the country and can help you get your little aquatic friends to their new home safely. I know and have experience with most freshwater community fish, South American Cichlids and African Cichlids. I don't answer questions about Goldfish or keeping Goldfish with Tropical Fish. I also don't answer questions about keeping crustaceans (shrimp, snails, crabs etc) with Tropical Fish, nor questions about saltwater fish or aquariums. I'm not available to answer questions on weekends, this is when I do maintenance on my own tanks.


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