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post #16 of 57 (permalink) Old 08-02-2012, 04:32 PM
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ive heard those old metal frames can rust pretty easily if youre not keeping up with drying them down. as cool as they look i dont know if i could ever fully trust one to not explode all over my bedroom.
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ive heard those old metal frames can rust pretty easily if youre not keeping up with drying them down. as cool as they look i dont know if i could ever fully trust one to not explode all over my bedroom.
What is you're idea of "rust pretty easily"? 100 years?

Since they haven't made them in over 30 years and most of the ones out there still have a shine to the stainless steel I don't think that's accurate.

Wouldn't use it for saltwater but for fresh they're great. I love mine.

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when I was a kid (up to about 14 I think) my great-grandfather was still alive. One thing I remember about him is that he had a basement (city row-home, long thin basements - think storage and workshop, definitely not clubroom stuff) FULL of fishtanks. OLD fishtanks, slate bottoms, metal frames. buckets everywhere, nets, everything always bubbling, the air pump looked like something from the turn of the century - a finned air pump (like a painters compressor) with a belt drive from an electric motor. Obviously rigged himself and mounted on a wood frame. Tons of tanks from floor to eye height - all bare (slate) bottomed and either full of guppy's (feeders) or MONSTER angelfish. I remember that their top fins would stick up out of the water. I think he usually had a tank of brine shrimp going to, and always different size angel babies in separate tanks.

None of this was a gleaming show off display area - this was probably something he built and used throughout his adulthood just for himself. By the time I got to see the area it was a tarnished and run down version of what he had done in his youth. He was well into dementia by the time I was old enough to want to know about him - too late then. Most of the time he didn't recognize his own kids (who took turns checking on him everyday. Still defiantly lived alone - good for him).

When he died they sold the house a got rid of all the tanks and stuff, end of an era.


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I lucked into a 10 gallon Metatank last week. ...
I filled it up and discovered that it has a tiny leak up high, almost at the top. At least, I think it's the only leak.
In a bath tub, or laundry room sink, fill the tank with very warm tap water. Let the water over flow. That may soften or melt enough of the ashphaltum to seal the leak.
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Is this what your talking about, I picked this up acouple weeks ago. Need to replace a peice of the glass and seal it all back up but for free I don't mind having to work on it
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That's the one! Looks like a 5 gallon.

Just so you know, the glass was installed in the frame first and then the slate bottom was installed so you may have to disassemble in the same manner. At least I had to on a 10 gallon tank.

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That's the one! Looks like a 5 gallon.

Just so you know, the glass was installed in the frame first and then the slate bottom was installed so you may have to disassemble in the same manner. At least I had to on a 10 gallon tank.
Yep 5 gallon I see that the bottom has to come out first, other then that everything else will come right out beings it's all lose. No silicone or anything on the glass just whats holding the slate and glass on the bottom in place. Still no clue what I'm going to put in it though.

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Yep 5 gallon I see that the bottom has to come out first, other then that everything else will come right out beings it's all lose. No silicone or anything on the glass just whats holding the slate and glass on the bottom in place. Still no clue what I'm going to put in it though.
If it's still the asphaltum use a heat gun to melt it then work it off. Trying to pry it will ruin the frame.

These tanks, unlike glass always needed to have water in them. Many times filling them outside and letting it sit leaking will stop the leak. My tank started leaking after I moved it inside after the leakfree test. Ugh! Since it's a dirted tank I let it drip onto towels. (metal stand) 2 weeks later no more leaks. Dirt sealed it up.

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These tanks, unlike glass always needed to have water in them. Many times filling them outside and letting it sit leaking will stop the leak. My tank started leaking after I moved it inside after the leakfree test. Ugh! Since it's a dirted tank I let it drip onto towels. (metal stand) 2 weeks later no more leaks. Dirt sealed it up.
I like that idea! My tank is sitting on the back deck anyway. I should fill it up there and let the blazing hot Virginia sun do something useful for me.
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I like that idea! My tank is sitting on the back deck anyway. I should fill it up there and let the blazing hot Virginia sun do something useful for me.
Actually for your area it's a bad, bad idea. What needs to be done is for you to pack it up real well and send it to me.

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I have one that has a glass bottom. I am not sure what that means. When I first got it I filled it and found it had a small leak. I just used some black silicone caulk in the seams and that has worked fine for the last few years.
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Thanks, I was looking for the same thread. ^^^

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If it's still the asphaltum use a heat gun to melt it then work it off. Trying to pry it will ruin the frame.

These tanks, unlike glass always needed to have water in them. Many times filling them outside and letting it sit leaking will stop the leak. My tank started leaking after I moved it inside after the leakfree test. Ugh! Since it's a dirted tank I let it drip onto towels. (metal stand) 2 weeks later no more leaks. Dirt sealed it up.
The stuff holding the bottom in looks original so I'll give it a shot Thanks

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Actually for your area it's a bad, bad idea. What needs to be done is for you to pack it up real well and send it to me.
HA! I think not!
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