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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 08-02-2012, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone ever obtain vintage aquariums?

I have been dying to find one but I have never seen one in person. I'm talking the old ones with metal frames and slate bottoms. Are they even safe to use?
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Have a picture to what you mean? I think my parents had one but I would just call it cheap and old and not vintage heh
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post #3 of 57 (permalink) Old 08-02-2012, 10:38 AM
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Search for meta-frame and you will find some threads and journals to what you are looking for
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There is an Egyptian style vintage tank journal on here somewhere, don't have a link though.


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I lucked into a 10 gallon Metatank last week. Including the original hood. It was being thrown away. (Seriously? Who would throw something like that away?)

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. (That explains why it was being thrown away, I guess.) Also, the hood doesn't work. That's no problem. My husband can rewire that. The leak is more worriesome. I'm gonna try and fix it.

Sorry no pictures yet, but I can assure you, it looks cool!
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my definition of vintage would be the tanks from petco/smart lol. would love to see what you're talking about tho
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Picked one up from the curb side about ten years ago. Someone planned on throwing it out. Never really got to try it out. Had it laying on the floor of the garage and I accidentally smashed one of the panes which wasnt very hard to do. The glass was exactly the type of glass used for windows and very thin.
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my definition of cheap would be the tanks from petco/smart lol.
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If it is a true Metaframe and still has the old sealant, the fix may be quite easy. It is a bit like tar and can sometimes be smashed back into the cracks to stop leaks. Unlike silicone, the original sealant can be worked and still do the job.

It makes me shake my head when I see all the worry about metals in the tank now. They ignore the old tanks that had metal all over, in, and around them. Filters were made with metal parts. The plastic world does not think very deep!
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fixed.
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I've got 2 of the 55 gallon MetaFrames and love the look. Last year I got one for $30 tank and stand.

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I picked up over 30 of the Metaframe/Pemco tanks in various sizes over the last couple years. Still haven't worked on them to get them up and running but eventually they'll be added to the fish room I've been working on.

If the original sealant is still in relatively good shape, filling with hot water or using a heat gun carefully, may redistribute the old sealant. But if the sealant is falling out or looks dried out, a complete tear-down would be in order.

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It is not hard to reseal them. I have a 15 gallon long that I have resealed twice now. First time about 20-25 years ago and second time 2-3 months ago. It is my favorite tank.

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Fixed.
Never had a problem with All Glass / Aqueon. I never bought a TopFin so I can't say.
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