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Vintage aquarium find

Yesterday, the wife and I were out raiding the flea markets and i found a very nice surprise.

It's ~ 2.5g and came complete with filter, ancient floss and pump.

Bought it for $7.

What's intersting about this one is that it has a plate glass bottom instead of slate. Leak test failed as expected. Now i have to find how to go about resealing it. It's the black tar like stuffs.

Im going to have a friend check over and clean the motor. Have to find a replacement belt as well.

any advice on restoring this beauty would be great.
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How cool! Somewhere, not sure what board, there's a guy who has restored several such tanks. I hope that he spots your post. What an interesting find!
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i have two of those! They were from the 30s
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Jinxy .... are yours operational? Have to restore them?

Im quite intrigued by the air pump i must say.
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Yes, they are fully operational. Yours have the little pedestal legs? Fortunately for me, mine were in awesome shape. I found them at a flea market in Harrisburg PA for $10 each. The glass and seals were intact and unscratched and the metal was basically perfect. Those pumps are great, real workhorses but NOT at all quiet, haha.

I have a pretty vast collection of antique aquarium items. If you are into this stuff, check out this book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Toy-Fish-Aquarium-One-Hundred/dp/0971199914I got one for christmas this past year (if you wait and watch, you can get one for about $100) and its so interesting!

Bump: the pump on the far right of hte picture is one I want, a fishkeeping friend in Bermuda has one and I covet it, lol.
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The old piston pumps. Only seen em in pics and now i have one. It rotates freely too. Can only image what it will sound like when fired up.
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That is cool for cool's sake.

It wasn't the 30s, but when I was a kid, that's the kind of aquarium filter we had.
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I bought one of the Danner piston pumps in 1980. They are noisy for sure. And it's tough to find the leathers. Go ahead. Clean it up and put it together. Just don't think you'll want to use it.
I've got 6 of the Metaframe tanks. Not to far distant from yours. Since you have a glass bottom and all the panels are intact I wouldn't try taking it apart. I'd get some DC 795 and reseal the glass itself.
Don't laugh at that old corner box filter. I've got 29 running.

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I use box filters in most of my tanks. Allows for chemical filtration in addition to my poret foam

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I bought one of the Danner piston pumps in 1980. They are noisy for sure. And it's tough to find the leathers. Go ahead. Clean it up and put it together. Just don't think you'll want to use it.
I've got 6 of the Metaframe tanks. Not to far distant from yours. Since you have a glass bottom and all the panels are intact I wouldn't try taking it apart. I'd get some DC 795 and reseal the glass itself.
Don't laugh at that old corner box filter. I've got 29 running.
So your saying reseal overtop the existing stuff?

I think disassembling this would be a chore in itself. The metal is folded over the glass in the corners. Wonder how this guy was even assembled in the first place.

I doubt I run the pump on the tank itself. But to have it operational for nostalgia sake would be just so kewl.

The other thing about the filter. It even came with carbon and floss. The floss was extremely weird. Kind of reminded me of fiberglass in a way. Very soft and thread like material. Was really gunky so i had to pitch it.
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if all the tar is still intact all you have to do is heat it up and the tank will reseal itself!
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if all the tar is still intact all you have to do is heat it up and the tank will reseal itself!
That doesn't always work. While it may seem pliable enough to fill in the gaps it is still tough to get it flow where you need it.

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So your saying reseal overtop the existing stuff?
That is what I would try. The DC795 will adhere to most things while the GE stuff won't always.

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So your saying reseal overtop the existing stuff?



I doubt I run the pump on the tank itself. But to have it operational for nostalgia sake would be just so kewl.

The other thing about the filter. It even came with carbon and floss. The floss was extremely weird. Kind of reminded me of fiberglass in a way. Very soft and thread like material. Was really gunky so i had to pitch it.
I had a 2 piston version similar to the one you have . Got it in the late 60's or early 70's . Don't remember much about it save for the motor running really hot . The reason the floss reminds you of fiberglass is because it IS fiberglass .
It's what we used before the polyester ( or whatever it is ) floss we have now .
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mine are not sealed with the tar stuff, it may have been resealed previous to my purchase. It has clear sealant (not silicone though, no clue what it is).
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