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Cracked slate on metal framed tank

I "rescued" an old metal framed tank that a former neighbor was tossing. It looks like a ten gallon tank that housed some kind of small animal like a hamster or gerbil. Unfortunately, the slate bottom is cracked so I know it won't hold water even if the sealant is still okay (probably not). Is it worth trying to repair the tank or should I follow the neighbor's lead and toss it?
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If you don't want it, I'm sure that there are plenty of people here that would pay shipping for it. Myself included.
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I "rescued" an old metal framed tank that a former neighbor was tossing. It looks like a ten gallon tank that housed some kind of small animal like a hamster or gerbil. Unfortunately, the slate bottom is cracked so I know it won't hold water even if the sealant is still okay (probably not). Is it worth trying to repair the tank or should I follow the neighbor's lead and toss it?
all depends on you.. Apparently there is a "desirability factor" for these old tanks. Most remove or "cap" the slate bottom w/ glass..

See this..

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...529&highlight=
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Save the tank!

With a little DIY you can have a really nice classic.

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I'll second saving the tank.

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what he said ^


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Either replace the bottom with glass or overlay it . Shame to throw it out .
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Plus, when it's all fixed you can post your pics and proudly say "I fixed this"

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As others have said, most people replace the bottom with glass anyways, even when in good condition so it's not a hard fix. Haven't done it myself but seen a few builds of these on the board. Just get the glass cut to size or learn how to cut it, get the right silicone and you are in business.

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Okay - I'm going to save it. I'm not confident in my ability to replace the slate so I'll probably just overlay it with glass.
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