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Old 08-04-2012, 02:05 PM   #31
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I have a 2.5 gallon metaframe. I've had it for 15 years. Excellent tank.

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Old 08-05-2012, 12:12 AM   #32
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:37 PM   #33
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I love Metaframe tanks. I had a 10 gal. set up for a year or so. it unfortunately cracked last week.

A word of warning. I lost all my shrimp (>500 tiger and cherry shrimp) after moving them to the metframe. It was not an acute event. They all died off over three or four months. My theory is that there is something in the sealant that poisoned the shrimp. Interestingly, none of the snails died.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:41 PM   #34
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My tank is still sitting untouched by me, well it's holding my wc hoses.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:01 AM   #35
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I adore these Metaframes. My grandmother had one that she'd exported out of her classroom when she retired. She used it for the last time somewhere around 1983, had 2 Kissing Gouramis and some Amazon Swords. A few years later I kept a pet turtle in it, then it ended up with a broken side glass, after which it got tossed.

A few months ago I posted my misadventures with getting a 20G Long metaframe shipped from North Carolina to Kentucky. My heart broke when I saw the garbage heap it had turned into during shipping. I still haven't got my hopes up on discovering another one. I think they are stunning and really stand out against the faceless acryllic tanks they produce today. Call me old school, but all the bow-fronts and rimless numbers do nothing for me.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:26 AM   #36
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I found an old Pemco 5 gallon in a lfs. Saw it and had to have it. When I was a kid, this model was my first fish tank that my neighbor and best friend gave to me ages ago. Brought it home and did a silicone reseal on it. Glass appeared original (etched & scratches) as the seals which were made of a black material that looked cracked in one corner. After watertesting, setup with leftover ADA Aquasoil and planted surplus plants from other tank projects (HC, pearl grass, pygmy chain sword) and is now the home for some pygmy sunfish. I'm using it to compare growth rates and form in plants using natural sunlight (tank is outdoors) vs artifical light.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:00 PM   #37
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I saw someone selling on CL a few months back, wanted $300 for it and the stand....I was drooling over it but didn't want to pay that and he wouldn't budge on the price. Nice looking tanks!
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:09 PM   #38
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I saw one for sale 55g with stainless steel stand and light/hood for $20 but missed out.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:39 AM   #39
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That Pemco is fantastic!
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Hey guys I just picked this up Friday for $40...no joke. And the best parts are the lights and back plate are still there, they are the hardest to find. This one is a 28g (I think) and it's a Metaframe Deluxe (not sure what that means). The dimensions are 36''x16''x10

Picture when i picked it up (don't mind the black plastic light on the back, I tossed it):


At home with the lights on, top/side view (no leaks works great):



Now i'm on a mission to find someone who also has one with original light fixture to see how they worked the lights. Did they just put in new CFL bulbs like I have in there right now or have they retrofited them with LED's my goal.

The biggest problem I can see is dropping the light in the tank. The light fixture is very thin and lightweight and only rests on top of the tank by two tabs on either end of the light.

Its sturdy enough but with the cat getting curious or even fat hands I coudl see it taking a dip easy, not good. Anyway if anyone has any experience on this let me know.

I think I will start a new thread on this once I start getting everything I need to get this tank going.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:26 AM   #41
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Come across them and light fixtures/filtration systems occasionally at yard sales, very cheap or even free. Yard-sailing season is almost here in some parts. I just look at them when I see them and smile-it brings back nostalgic memories, but I wouldn't trust fish in them, maybe terrarium plants. If I come across any this year, reasonable and not huge dinosaurs, I'll pick them up and place RAOK, just pay shipping and do your own refurbishing.
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Very nice pickup on the tank and with a complete hood, fantastic!
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ahhh i was waiting for you to see the pics...just wait until I get some chrome polish on it...it's going to really shine! That is if I dont' electrocute myself first!

For now I need to find some bright CFL bulbs that will fit (so long and narrow bulbs) in this old dinosaur until I can get some proper LED's. I had two CFL's sitting around my house but they are under 10w each so not throwing out too much light.
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