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Old 02-24-2013, 07:02 PM   #106
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Been a long time since I updated this post. I now have some juvenile "green leopard" and "zebra pinoy" angelfish as well as some kuhli loaches, otocinclus, siamese algae eaters, flag fish, butterfly hill stream loaches, and a red lizard whiptail catfish. The flag fish are on loan from my 60 gal. cube until my algae problem is taken care of. They're doing their level best to eliminate it. Best filamentous algae eater I've tried but they can have a mean disposition so you have to be careful. I also added a period heater, a kerosene lamp with heat spreader at the top of the chimney. This is the purpose of the round shelf below the tank. It heated up the cast iron bottom which in turn heated the tank. I also finally found a swivel plant bracket holder similar to what would have originally been on the stand. It's the only one I've been able to find so far that has a female hanging bracket which the pins on the stand insert into. It originally had one at each corner but of the 4 existing tanks that I know of, none of them have a single one. Here's some photos I took yesterday:









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Old 02-24-2013, 11:10 PM   #107
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Great set up and an amazing tank. I'm super jealous!
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:15 PM   #108
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Great set up and an amazing tank. I'm super jealous!
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:19 PM   #109
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What a beautiful tank and restoration. Just amazing to see how far the hobby has come. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:01 AM   #110
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What a beautiful tank and restoration. Just amazing to see how far the hobby has come. Thanks for sharing.
You're welcome and thank you.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:18 AM   #111
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I miss seeing the sub and mines! Where'd they go?!

By the way, this tank is awesome!!
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:24 AM   #112
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Wow! Very nice! Every time I look at this tank I expect to see a wood burning stove in the room. How about getting a small iron wood burning stove to house your filter and CO2? Lol

Great tank again and I also miss the mines and sub.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:37 AM   #113
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I miss seeing the sub and mines! Where'd they go?!

By the way, this tank is awesome!!
Thanks, the sub is still there, I need to return the mines.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:39 AM   #114
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Wow! Very nice! Every time I look at this tank I expect to see a wood burning stove in the room. How about getting a small iron wood burning stove to house your filter and CO2? Lol

Great tank again and I also miss the mines and sub.
Actually I heat my house with a cast iron woodburner in the basement. I do need to look for something to conceal the modern equipment so as not to spoil the antique look aesthetic.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:04 PM   #115
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I have decided to sell off most of my aquariums/equipment as I don't have time to maintain them anymore. I plan to keep just my 60 gal. cube, my Opae Ula bowl, my Apple G4 Cube, and the antique brass aquarium as it is still in the restoration process. Therefore, I'm going to sell this rare Victorian Tank. I'm going to list it here before ebay so if anyone is seriously interested in this restored tank please contact me. I have one serious party but he's offered less than what I paid for it unrestored so I'm going to try the net first. It would be best if it were picked up as crating/freight charges I would expect to be fairly high. I had it up and running for about a year and a half and the epoxy that I applied to the inside bottom worked perfectly. The cast iron still has it's freshly sandblasted silver color.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:25 PM   #116
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best of luck selling this, such an interesting tank!
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:28 AM   #117
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Such a cool tank, shame you have to sell. Hopefully it goes to a good home that will use it and show it off. As this kind of old tank, isn't around any more. Crazy to think that over 100 years ago, someone was staring at this beautiful tank as we stare at ours today.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:43 AM   #118
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just curious maybe I missed it but what is the purpose of the lamp underneath the tank? heater?
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:21 AM   #119
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just curious maybe I missed it but what is the purpose of the lamp underneath the tank? heater?
Yes, since the tank bottom is cast iron a kerosene or oil lamp, even a candle would add heat to the tank when necessary. The kerosene lamp I have sitting under the tank has a heat spreader in the top of the glass chimney.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:15 AM   #120
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Sold it on ebay for my asking price. It went to a good home, also from the 1880's.
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