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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 05-09-2009, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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Vintage 30 Gallon Restore

I'm so excited about this. I was recently reminded about one of the fish tanks that we had when I was a real little kid. It was still in the barn at my mother's place and I went looking for it. I believe it to be about the same size as a modern Aqueon 30G



There was also a 10 Gallon. That one has one cracked panel. I started a thread about it in the Equipment forum.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/eq...llon-tank.html

I am posting this one here because I have an idea for planting it up and want to start a record from the very beginning.
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post #2 of 57 (permalink) Old 05-09-2009, 05:41 PM
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That's gonna look sweet! I have a 15 gallon Metaframe out in the shed with a cracked pane of glass. It was in great shape when I first found it but I left is sitting on the deck for a few days and the kids bounced a chair into it and cracked it. sigh....

I still haven't found a sealant to repair it with because silicone will not stick to the slate bottom. Maybe I will place an extra glass pane over the slate and silicone to it during the repair.

In any case, yours is ready to go and will great planted. I love vintage tanks!

Reborn from salt. Plants, here I come!
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That is freakin' cool !! Can't wait to see the progress

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that's going to look really cool on one of those industrial type stands you make. can't wait to see it in use.

What would Honey Badger do?
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That's gonna look sweet! I have a 15 gallon Metaframe out in the shed with a cracked pane of glass. It was in great shape when I first found it but I left is sitting on the deck for a few days and the kids bounced a chair into it and cracked it. sigh....

I still haven't found a sealant to repair it with because silicone will not stick to the slate bottom. Maybe I will place an extra glass pane over the slate and silicone to it during the repair.
I understand that the stuff to use is a Pecora brand sealant.

http://www.pecora.com/Productcat.asp?CatsId=1

I don't know about which product in particular is the right one(?).
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i have some new updates on the way. i cleaned up the tank and had a closer look at the condition of the glass and seams and so on. here is a quick picture.

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the metal braces look pretty cool.

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I had a conversation with an individual once about restoring a slate bottom tank that I have in storage. Seems that to fix seals or restore them you just have to heat up the metal sides of the tank and the tar will naturally become hot and plyable so it kind of renews itself as it drys.
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Nice. You have a 30 gallon too. It kinda confused me because I was like "I could have sworn that this was a 10 gallon tank" lol

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Nice. You have a 30 gallon too. It kinda confused me because I was like "I could have sworn that this was a 10 gallon tank" lol
i think that i might start out with the 10 gallon. i have bigger plans for the 30 gallon, so it will be good to start out with the 10, which might be easier. the 10 gallon has one broken glass pane, so i need to take it completely apart. i am still assessing whether or not to disassemble the 30 gallon
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your handy work is awesome. Now just convert this into another unique setup like your other ones
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I love this tank

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Check this one out. I wish it was local I'd bid:

http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-SLATE-BO...120421598260QQ

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Check this one out. I wish it was local I'd bid:

http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-SLATE-BO...120421598260QQ
i see that it sold, for $20.50. i wonder who got it(?).
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your handy work is awesome. Now just convert this into another unique setup like your other ones
thanks a bunch. i have a different idea for this one. i intend to fill this one with water and plant it up with a certain kind of plant. i hope that i can make time to get to it pretty soon.
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