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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-09-2014, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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just scored a possible 10 gallon metaframe




i kept seeing at this weekly yard sale. passed it by not thinking much til today they had it closer to the road. scored it for $5. they wanted just a dollar but they said they donate their earning to charity.
im pretty sure it leaks, but its in mint condition.
i know silicone wont stick to the slate and already plan on getting glass for the bottom.
now i need something to put in it if my girlfriend doesnt want it for her betta/s
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Awesome score! Nice find. Maybe a small shrimp tank?
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GE has a black silicone that WILL stick to slate. Don't ruin a great tank. Leak test it first. Do it outside. Since it's been empty for a while let it stayed filled. It may stop leaking. I've added dirt to mine and that's sealed it up. Then and only then if all else fails add glass.
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GE has a black silicone that WILL stick to slate. Don't ruin a great tank. Leak test it first. Do it outside. Since it's been empty for a while let it stayed filled. It may stop leaking. I've added dirt to mine and that's sealed it up. Then and only then if all else fails add glass.
+1 to this! I would not be too quick to go glass route. At this point you have a vintage item but if you add glass you may turn it into a beater. Keep it wet to see if it will do a self seal but if it comes down to using the black silicone, follow the silicone directions but it may say to put it on dry stuff to stick better. But it will stick to slate.
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Leaks badly. like it went from full to empty in less than an hour. there was a stream coming from one seal.
its a 13 gallon also
i cant find this holy grail of silicone you are talking about. any links to what it looks like?
can i just remove the internal asphaltum and seal it or do i really have to tear it all down to the frame? looking to not spend more time than its worth.
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I'll ask the guy that told me about it at tomorrow nights TBAS meeting. Don't go doing something stupid.

One other thing that is usually tried is to heat up the asphaltum with a heat gun. It melts it a bit and allows it to reseal.
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So what did you ever do with this tank? I finally found the silicone. It is Dow Corning 795. I've got 4 Metaframes I have to repair now so I am going to give it a try.

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