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post #16 of 120 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 12:36 AM
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Wow that's an amazing find.

Boy I would have left that amazing old patina on there.
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Extremely cool fond. I think you should do some research and the initially set-up should be historically accurate as to what plants & fish were keep in the hobby back then.

I know C. Becketti was on a of the 1st Crypts keep in the hobby. If that fits your time-line I'd offer to donate one if you choose to do an historically correct 'scape.
You know, I may just do that. I know a guy who is the premier antique aquarium collector and see if he can help me. He has this same tank but his has all the finials, that's how I know mine's missing them. He said this was a rare find, I have to admit it's the first Victorian tank I've ever found. All the others I've been able to find are no older than the 1920's.
The above mentioned collector told me that very few tanks were made in the 19th. century as they were out of the price range for everyone but the very wealthy so few were made and even fewer survive. Most were melted down for the two world wars during their scrap drives.


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Wow that's an amazing find.

Boy I would have left that amazing old patina on there.
Well since it wasn't the original finish I felt no harm done. I needed to protect it from further rusting, to not do so would have eventually led to it becoming a pile of rust. The only original paint still on this is the bottom of the tank which is a matte black color. Not very attractive.


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Super cool. I've actually been wondering if any tank builders or metal fabricators would be willing to recreate one of these style tanks. I just think they feel more like a piece of furniture...
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Super cool. I've actually been wondering if any tank builders or metal fabricators would be willing to recreate one of these style tanks. I just think they feel more like a piece of furniture...
Some of the Jewel tanks of the 1920's were reproduced but didn't sell well, they were more expensive than the originals! I have seen some reproductions of the Fiske octagonal tabletop tanks as well but not as many of them. I think if they reproduced one like this that they'd have the same problem, too expensive for most people and they wouldn't make enough money to cover their expenses.


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Oh I missed that it's cast iron. Those pictures looked to me like it was bronze. I suppose that is just as well to paint it.
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Extremely cool fond. I think you should do some research and the initially set-up should be historically accurate as to what plants & fish were keep in the hobby back then.
Also, this! ^^^ Excellent idea!

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I found this link that provides links to books written on aquariums in the 1800's
http://www.miapg.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1812

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Update

The tank is ready for a leak test. New 1/4" Starfire glass has been installed with black silicone and brass eagle finials are where the originals would have been.













This last photo is of another cast iron tank from the same era as mine showing the same color/finial scheme:



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I love what you do with these old tanks. Once again another great find and restoration.
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Very Kewl! Thanks for continuing to share.
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Water and Stand Tests

Well, the aquarium passed the water test, no leaks and the stand didn't collapse when I filled the tank so it looks like next step is to get it set up for plants and later fish. I'm testing it in my basement in case it collapses. My Victorian terrarium fits perfectly on the stand too. First time this tank will have been used as an aquarium in who knows how long. Nice that I can still use it 130 years after it was made. Wonder how many tank/stand combos will still be useable in 2142?







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Wow that is another awesome vintage tank you have there. I wish I had the chance to see one of these in person. What is the date of that terrarium that you have there? It looks really nice all restored and where did you find the finials at?

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Wow that is another awesome vintage tank you have there. I wish I had the chance to see one of these in person. What is the date of that terrarium that you have there? It looks really nice all restored and where did you find the finials at?
Thanks, no date on the terrarium but it looks like the same time period as the aquarium. The finials were made to go on outside gas lights.


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