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How old is your oldest tank? Equipment?

I was fixing up my makeshift T5 light housing today and I noticed a sticker from AGA that said inspection passed October 96... which means the light housing itself was 18 years old...and was bought after the tank. Which makes the 40 long around 20+ years old. Older then me most likely. It's an AGA 40.

Out of curiosity, how old is your oldest tank? I hear so many stories lately of tanks going bad after 5 years, and I'm curious, does anyone else have some ancient tanks?

This tank, aside from some small scratches still looks good. Not a single leak, and doesn't bow at all (center brace though). Silicone job on it was done beautifully as well..

The Aquaclear 802 on it has gone through both saltwater (was a reef tank for quite some time) and freshwater too, and still works like an absolute champ. Have a spare 802 underneath the tank I used a week ago to move water in my 10 gallon that ran beautifully as well. The instruction manual has disintegrated though


Silicone is a bit worn, but still solid. Tank next to it is a 55 gallon AGA as well, though Rats seem to take a liking to Silicone lol.

So other question: Do you have any ancient equipment that has stood through the test of time and still runs?
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I still have my original 5.5gal and the small box corner filter that I used in it, they're over 30 now.





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Up until a year ago I had a 20long with iron stand I got in 1975. Busted the tank last year in move but have my new 20 long on that repainted stand.

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I got a 75 gallon that is about 20 years old. The seal did go bad but resealed it and not issues

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Marineland Eclipse 25gal tall with hood, bio wheel and filter.. The light fixture did not make it this long but the pump is still running fine and the tank has never leaked.
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I purchased my 25 gallon tank (Marineland I think) in 2000. It's been in continuous operation since then and has been moved at least ten times. No problems at all. Now it's my quarantine tank.

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This year after pleas from my grandchildren I pulled my 150 out of my warehouse where it has spent the last 20+ years. I had it set up at least a dozen years before I took it down.

Tested it for a month and no leaks
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This year after pleas from my grandchildren I pulled my 150 out of my warehouse where it has spent the last 20+ years. I had it set up at least a dozen years before I took it down.

Tested it for a month and no leaks
Thats pretty impressive considering it sat in storage for quite sometime too!
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my oldest piece of equipment is an eheim 2215 thats about 8 years old.

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Thats pretty impressive considering it sat in storage for quite sometime too!
These old tanks are built like Sherman Tanks

However Murphy's Law dictates I screwed myself by making that post
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These old tanks are built like Sherman Tanks

However Murphy's Law dictates I screwed myself by making that post
I do agree the old ones were built like tanks. I've had dogs slam into the 40, and it doesn't even care. It's so solidly built.
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My oldest are the two Metaframes. I did not however buy them new. The oldest tanks I bought new are from 1980. Along with some supreme aquamasters and aquakings that still run.

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Oldest one I've got set up is a metal framed 20 long . I've had it since at least the '70's, maybe late '60's . Got an Eheim 2013 must be 15-20 years old , plus a couple of supreme heaters from the 1980's ...Still work.
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Oldest one I've got set up is a metal framed 20 long . I've had it since at least the '70's, maybe late '60's . Got an Eheim 2013 must be 15-20 years old , plus a couple of supreme heaters from the 1980's ...Still work.
This thread make me regret all the stuff I have gotten rid of during the years. Must have had a dozen of those supreme heaters, always lost those plastic caps that covered the dial.

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