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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 05:29 PM
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Looks like a lot of fun. What is the stand made out of?
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post #17 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like a lot of fun. What is the stand made out of?
1/16" thick steel. The pieces of it are in the last picture. It's got 2 solid shelves and 4 cornered legs that bolt on.

I want to strip the paint completely off and work on getting the surface rust off. Then my husband was thinking a wax might be a good sealant that will help stop rust but won't be cheesy looking like if I were to spray clear coat on it.
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post #18 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 05:41 PM
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Great find ! I would be doing cartwheels if got my hands on one of those beuats!

  • My tanks are enviroments for their inhabitants NOT over sized ,chemical ridden,ever changing "aesthetically pleasing " coffins . take your time people ,dont rush it. its nature and it will balance and prosper just leave it alone a while!
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Wow that's awesome! I never seen one of these or even heard of this style of tank. It is gorgeous! Sounds like your going to have a blast getting this one decorated!

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There were LOTS of tropical fish available when these tanks were made. There were also many more plants than Vals available, and they were things that grew fine in low light, non-CO2 tanks.

You might want to choose something like a nice strain of old fashioned green swordtails.

Here is a photo from the 1930's of a tank kept by one of our early BAS members:
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1/16" thick steel. The pieces of it are in the last picture. It's got 2 solid shelves and 4 cornered legs that bolt on.

I want to strip the paint completely off and work on getting the surface rust off. Then my husband was thinking a wax might be a good sealant that will help stop rust but won't be cheesy looking like if I were to spray clear coat on it.
I would look at having the stand powdercoated. I had mine done in a nice satin black.
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it is most likely a 29g, I have about 6 of them just like this (thought not in as good condition).

There are scads of fish you could choose from, I will dig through some of my books to make some recommendations on reading material for you. You can always see if any fish magazine archives are available from then at your local library- could be a really fun project
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There were LOTS of tropical fish available when these tanks were made. There were also many more plants than Vals available, and they were things that grew fine in low light, non-CO2 tanks.

You might want to choose something like a nice strain of old fashioned green swordtails.

Here is a photo from the 1930's of a tank kept by one of our early BAS members:
That's great! I've been trying to find pictures like this but of course they are hard to come by online.

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I would look at having the stand powdercoated. I had mine done in a nice satin black.
I thought about that, I'll have to look into it more and see what kind of options are available.

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it is most likely a 29g, I have about 6 of them just like this (thought not in as good condition).

There are scads of fish you could choose from, I will dig through some of my books to make some recommendations on reading material for you. You can always see if any fish magazine archives are available from then at your local library- could be a really fun project
That would be awesome, thanks!

My grandma was a librarian and loves the library, I'll have to tag along with her sometime so I can check out some books on her card. It's been a while since I've been to the library since we have been out of the area with no card for a while. I haven't been to the library here in town, I got so spoiled with the big one about 30 minutes away, I should check it out sometime though.
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I've been doing a decent amount of reading online and although I would LOVE to have Angelfish in this tank it sounds like it's too short for them, and our water might not be ideal. So I guess African Cichlids would be my next options due to our tap water perams.

I've been doing some reading about them but there are SO many. Any ideas or recommendations?

I'm thinking I might try a biotope aquarium but not sure what the plant options would be, I guess that would depend on the type of African Cichlid...

So I guess the first step is which fish to stock!
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Since I won't be painting the back of this tank I'll have to get more creative with hiding equipment and get nicer intake/outflow/tubing.
I use silk fabric. I wrap it over the edges of cardboard and tape it to the back with duck tape. I get 1/2 yard for a few dollars for my 29 G, which 30in L x 18H.
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