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Old 04-28-2012, 12:22 AM   #151
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A Jewel of a Tank


The 8 gal. Jewel has been fully restored. Glass placed on top of the slate and all resealed with black silicone. Frame re-bronzed. Passed the leak test today.





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Old 04-28-2012, 12:29 AM   #152
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Hands down nicest tanks on TPT. I lust over your antique tanks!
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Hands down nicest tanks on TPT. I lust over your antique tanks!
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:54 AM   #154
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Nice job! Can't wait to see you scape it
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:22 PM   #155
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Those things are amazing! I wish I could get a hold of one.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:35 PM   #156
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ADA is generic compared to your antiques. Give me one of these bigger ones restored...and stock it with some high-end shrimp...and I'm done!!...I might never leave the house......
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:20 PM   #157
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^ +1! I still can't believe these things. They look like they should be in a museum. Especially with those Egyptian stands you have them on.
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:29 AM   #158
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Thanks everybody. Unfortunately these tanks are really hard to find as only 300 were made in the 20's. There were some repros made but they didn't have the slate bottom. They were also more expensive than the originals and apparently didn't sell well.
I bid on a really neat one from the 30's that had catfish in each corner of the tank, tail at top and head at bottom, and the same bulb edge glass as my Jewels but this one was made of aluminum and painted. I bid too low but I would have restored it to its former glory if I had won.
I'm going to be selling my smaller 4 gal. Jewel in the near future as I don't have room for both of them.
Let me know if anyone's interested. It has all its original finish and is restored with glass over the slate bottom and black silicone. Only drawback is it has water etching to the glass which I was unable to remove. It doesn't look bad when its full of water but you can't get this bulb edge glass anymore.
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How much would you be wanting for the 4 gal?
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:11 AM   #160
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$650 including shipping.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:20 PM   #161
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Set up the tank yesterday. Caribsea Instant Aquarium Sunset Gold Sand substrate, Seiryu Stones, Hornwort to get things going, and some Fissidens fontanus wedged in some of the Seiryu cracks. I used R/O water with Sulawesi Mineral 7.5 added. Adding some Tylomelanias tomorrow. Hopefully some Cardinal shrimp in the future. I used all stainless steel ADA plumbing until it went under the edge of the stand.











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Did you make those SS pieces yourself? Or bought them seperately?
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:42 PM   #163
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Great call on using stainless steel pipes, it really suits the overall look of the tank. Not sure why, but I almost get a 'steampunk' vibe from this thing. I imagine that behind the cabinet door is an insane network of rusty valves, tangled copper piping, overly complex gears and grease!
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:17 PM   #164
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Did you make those SS pieces yourself? Or bought them seperately?
I modified the ADA Metal Pipe Line Set 105-200 to suit my needs. It's actually supposed to be used with their Garden Stand 60 and Super Jet Filter ES-600. I used a pipe cutter meant for copper plumbing to cut the pipe perfectly square but it was very difficult. Stainless steel is a lot harder than copper.
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Looks really cool
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