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Look what I scored from 1956....

Scored all of this plus a 10 gallon tank from the 60's for 10$

Tank does weep so I have already cleaned it out, and getting ready to reseal it tonight.


Hood works, but I know that isn't going to work for planted tanks, so I will have to figure out what I can safely(heatwise) retrofit into this hood. It's a 5 gallon so a regular t-5 would have me maybe at 1.5 WPG.

Pretty cool to read all these books about fish keeping from 50+ years ago!
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Funny thing is, I have the same exact air pump and heater (wouldn't dare use the heater in my tanks)! Haha!

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Have you tried putting very warm water in it? A LFS owner told me about that and it worked to reseal one of my old Metaframes that I had let dry out.

What type of bulb does that hood take? My hood for my 10 gallon I got in the 1960's took 2 screw in bulbs that I replaced with CFLs.

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I am very interested in seeing what information is in the booklets. Great find!

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And for all those who stress about using metal screws to hold their wood together-- look at all that metal! Did you happen to get a filter made of metal to go with the metal frame?
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.... Did you happen to get a filter made of metal to go with the metal frame?
I don't remember metal filters?

I remember internal box filters and under gravel filters.
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If that hood takes those aquarium incandescent bulbs, it'll take CFL's as well. Two of the 13W ones are enough for low light plants.
If your not picky about it looking perfect, I have only ten G tanks and on one I use two(it's too much light) of the Walmart
under-the-counter light strips ($8) from the light bulb section. You only need one if you use a good bulb/w it. Loews sells a GE
"Daylight" bulb which says 6500K on the side of the package for about $9/ Aqueon sells a "full spectrum @8000K for about $12
and Zoo Med has a Ultra sun 6700K for about $18(cheaper at Doctors Foster & Smith). The GE daylight that I bought didn't
last very long. It may have been rough handled though.
I got a shop to cut me a piece of mirror glass 17" x 7" to put on the top of that fixture to direct all of the light into the tank.
Since I have two of those fixtures on it, one at the front and back of the tank, I use lower rated bulbs to keep down on the algae.
I use one Tropical sun and one Flora sun, both Zoo Med and these all are T8. I still get algae/w those bulbs I said I use, but
not a lot. Actually one Tropical sun is enough for low light plants as is the Flora sun, but the Flora sun has lower visible light
than the Tropical sun. I mostly mentioned this cause the tropical sun is cheap at Dtrs Foster & Smith and causes little if
any algae as long as you have some plants to take up the nutrients and as long as it's only one of them.
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Wow! What a trip down memory lane. I've not seen most of that stuff in years.

The tank, being that it is smaller, should clean up, and once sealed, be fine. I don't recommend the warm water trick to try to reseal the tank. The aquarium cement used that long ago was a tar like product. Over the years it tends to dry out and get hard and brittle. Way back when the warm water trick worked, because it would soften the aquarium cement a little and let the glass reseat in it. Today, it's all hard and it will no longer do that. Best to seal the inside seams with silicone.

As for the light, note that it is metal, and is not grounded, and so on. I recommend that if you plan to use it, that you replace all the electrical stuff with a retrofit kit of one sort or another, and make sure it's properly grounded on a GFI circuit.

The heater I wouldn't trust. If you think heaters are bad today, the ones way back then were often far worse.

The booklets are a real find. They come from a time when TFH was really trying to produce good books, and the information in them is mostly still valid. If you happen to have any of them about mollies, swordtails, or guppies read them and weep for all those varieties that looks really fantastic and are no longer available today.
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I have one of these. Mine is perhaps a little less old. I use the heater and the light. Once I cleaned it up I simply ran a bead of black silicone caulk around the inside edges. I have been using it for about a year now. No problems. I grow simple plants like hygropila moss and crypts in it. They do fine.
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I think I might try this LED if I had that tank:

http://www.joshsfrogs.com/josh-s-fro...b-13-watt.html

Josh's Frogs Green Gro LED Bulb (13 Watt)-$27.99

I think it would fit.

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Ha....the 60s with "chrome" plating....


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I think it would look kind of nice to have a small display beside it of vintage metaframe packaging, etc. as well as practical use in your tank.

Are you planning on keeping everything as vintage looking as possible?

If so, I can give you a metaframe bubble-up airstone for the cost of shipping to help you out in your display. Pm me if interested.

Here's what it looks like (photo from web)


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*sigh*

When I think of how much of this I threw out over the years.....

That Siamese Fighting Fish book looks very familiar.

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I found a metaframe 20 high in someones yard with a free sign on it.A buffing wheel and some chrome polish and it looks like new.Havnt tried putting water in it yet.
I also have an supreme danner filter to go with it..its a big beast with a large metal motor on top.Now to find a period correct hood to match..
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A vintage black wrought iron stand would go well with all these vintage tanks. I still have my first stand, although it has been repainted several times over the decades.

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