I tried not to go in between the glass. I did by accident on one side but I'll try pushing the silicone in. I'll let you know guys how I get on. I'll give it plenty of time to cure just in case.
If you have to have a re-do, wait until silicone cures & start over with total removal, there is no "patching" or fixing it if didn't work right the first time. New caulking will not stick to cured, securely, ever! It sounds much more difficult than it really is...you can do it!
On youtube you can also find a lot of usefull tips for resealing glass tanks. Look for the king of diy.
And, like NancyD said, be quick, but stay calm. And do not touch the glue when halfway cured.
Good luck. And some photos when you are done please.
I did the reseal. I am not sure I did it right. I've got to wait a week to check
It's actually more difficult to clean it than to apply the silicone. My partner helped out so it didn't take long. It's easy between two people. Now that I have the first experience, if it didn't work out, I'll clean again and give it another try.
It was a nightmare worrying about them but they seem settled and happy.
Loach number 6(my largest) sleeps in the same cave he used to before even though I put it right in front of the tank to discourage him staying on his own. The other 6 stay together as usual.
Baby clown is still very friendly, comes out when I pass by the tank and still joins the bunch of platies at feeding time. He drives the other two smaller loaches out with him too these days. I normally feed early in the morning when lights are off but in the evening I drop a smaller amount of food for the smaller fish because in the morning the loaches and plecos mop everything up. A few seconds after standing in front of the tank baby loach lines up with the platies begging for food as usual and these days he snaps the food from the surface. He is totally not bothered by my presence, my hands and such but I haven't got time these days to hand feed him... Two minutes later the same two clowns from the other bunch appear. They seem to have learned his tricks. It's like playing the same movie again and again every day.
It's possible that the smaller loaches can't get enough in the morning because of the larger ones, hence I feed a second time now . Even the corys have learned to eat left over cucumber and zucchini that I hang on the glass for the plecos so I'd imagine they stay on the hungry side these days and so must any smaller fish.
It's interesting though that although the clowns ate all snails, there are still plenty of shrimp surviving and growing in the tank. They must be too fast for them.
One of my other loaches has got quite large two and I sometimes confuse "her" with loach number 7.
As a bunch, they are all out normally in the morning until lights on at around 3pm. This tank is in a dark pitch place as there are no windows so it's night time for them until that time. . I haven't seen them dancing up and down the glass since. The tank in which they are now is shallower than the other and it seems that makes the difference in behaviour, especially for the large loach who would make one flap and be out of the tank. 50cm height take a few cm is not enough. Well, hopefully one day in a year or so I can get them a better larger place to live.
It's cool your baby clown hand feeds again. I tried many times with mine but the closest they came was a few inches away from a thawing cube of bloodworms. Nice to know it doesn't hurt, lol, I was a tiny bit nervous.
Don't blame yourself. Some loaches are just a bit nervous around people. My older bunch was and still is. I don't think they'll ever learn to hand feed. They'd come a couple of inches away to snap bloodworms but that's about it.
Perhaps the success with the small loach is because I initially kept him alone, without other loaches that he can copy and surrounded by extremely friendly fish. And he was very small too, hadn't learned to hate human beings yet . Once he got over the fear of my hand, he came every single time afterwards. So the first time is the hardest. You need to have a lot of patience and keep your hand still. Make sure not to drop any of the food while you are holding it as they'll go chase it and lose interest in the hand.
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