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Mature tanks....

Who has mature tanks that have been chugging along for years? If so, post how long your tank has been going....Would love to see anyone that has had a tank going for a decade or more 🙂
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I have an 8.5 year old 24 x 24 inch cube aquarium that has been going for 8.5 years. Same filter it started with.
It is not a "planted tank" per sey. I mean, I plant plants in it routinely and, then, they routinely die.

I have discus in this tank, it is low tech, lots of water changes and high heat. Not a good mix for plant growth.


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13 years. Hope its not unlucky. Id like to think that some of the bacteria can trace their lineage all the way back to the beginning.


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I have a pair of 125 gallon tanks that haven't been broken down since before I joined this forum. They're going strong but are in need of an overhaul one of these days. Once in a while I move some hardscape during a water change and the sludge is unreal in the areas that don't get gravel vacc'ed regularly.

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I have a 29 gallon that is at least 17 years old. Kind of lost track. It has a bristlenose pleco and one last zebra loach that are as old as the tank. I replaced the substrate at one point maybe 8 years ago and have pool filter sand now. It has gone through many phases of looking better and worse. It’s super ugly right now, but I’m pretty sure I’m on a sustainable upswing. It’s been a very long lesson in having realistic expectations of myself and the plants.

Editing to add: Do tanks get old? Not like old tank syndrome, but like the actual tank? It’s a standard glass-with-black-frame. Was All-glass at the time... Will the silicone let go at some point?
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I think that tanks 'getting old' is largely a function of the assembly quality when the tank was built . If the conditions were right , i.e. the glass was absolutely clean , everything fitted exactly as it should , the assembler knew what they were doing and wasn't having a bad day , the tank wasn't bounced around before the sealant totally cured ; then the tank should last a real long time .
I've got a 20 gallon long Metaframe , purchased new when frameless tanks were new . Been set up since new , save for breakdowns due to moving , and change of setups when I change species (I keep species tanks) . I've also got a 10 that's been around forever , maybe a Perfecto or All-Glass . Same thing , never resealed , just holds water like new .
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