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post #1 of 69 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Metaframe tank arrived!

It is a true nano. I think this will be my smallest, at 2.5 gallons.
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Trying to get this lamp for it..
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Cool. I love those tanks. Can you post pics as you move forward with the project?
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Yes, if all falls into place it should be soon. Thanks. I almost feel like I should have gone with the 5 gallon ones, but I like it.
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Love these vintage tanks! Is it true that there's no way to repair leaks?
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Of course you can repair leaks. You just re-silicone it.
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So who's the go to guy for a nice small cool piece of wood?
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Those kinds of tanks are antiques?????? I had one, but one of my family members thought that it was worthless so they threw it away way long before I even joined this forum.
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Of course you can repair leaks. You just re-silicone it.
Ahh ..use to work with an old timer and he swore that you couldn't repair leaks on those framed tanks.
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Those kinds of tanks are antiques?????? I had one, but one of my family members thought that it was worthless so they threw it away way long before I even joined this forum.
These were the tanks of the 50's...60's. When I was a little girl, this was all there was for awhile. I am sure I had several too.

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Ahh ..use to work with an old timer and he swore that you couldn't repair leaks on those framed tanks.
Hmm..well it's holding water, so we won't even worry about it unless that bridge needs to be crossed. I really don't see why not, but maybe he knows something I don't.
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I decided this tank will be too small for everything I want to do. I am trying to win a 5 gallon now. Here goes the obsession again....
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These kind of tanks can be resealed. Silicone won't stick to the slate bottom so well, water will find it's way underneath ans weaken the bond. The trick is to get a piece of glass that fits very close to the bottom inside demensions of the tank and then silicone it to the glass on the four sides. The corners can be siliconed just like a modern tank. If I'm not mistaken I think my father has knocked the slate out of some of these tanks and replaced it with glass but that was many years ago when I was young. The enemy of these tanks is lack of water. Once they are filled they could hold water for years, but when they sit empty for many years the asphaltum dries out. Years ago you could have saved many of these tanks by filling them with hot water so the asphaltum would soften and it would reseal itself but most is not all of these taks found today have been sitting for so long that there are no solvents left in the original sealant so it cannot be softened.
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Hey Carol!
I have one of these tank too! I wish I had the top though...
I also have a ten gallon metaframe without the top too, but the glass has a crack!
I wish there were more resources/articles about restoring these tanks.

I can't wait to see what you do with yours!
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Thanks Shangrila. Hi Jasmine! I have seen one or two selling with the top. And one auction for just the top. I would want to have it rewired though.
Good to hear from you! Someone beat me out on the lamp, so I bought one not as pretty.
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Oh and if you google them, you can see where someone shows the whole process of removing and replacing the glass!
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