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Old 11-30-2019, 03:59 PM   #1
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O'Dell Aquarium Refurbishment

Hi All,

I am new here, and fairly new to the hobby as well. I have one existing tank that I have had for almost a year (pictured), and I'd like to get a new tank started.

I was given an O'Dell tank that I think is fairly old, and not in the greatest condition. There are water and other mineral deposits on the side that I can't seem to get off. I tried using barkeeper's friend and vinegar to dissolve the substance, and then scrape it off with a razor, but the results haven't been great so far.

The sealing on the glass seems to need some work as well. I think at some point methylene blue was used in the tank that stained the seal, and after using the barkeeper's friend as well it looks even more... almost dry. It just doesn't seem like a healthy lining, but it doesn't leak or anything like that. Wiping these down doesn't seem to have worked well either.

Any help with getting this tank up and running? I really like the charm of having an older tank, and I'd like to get it as good looking as I can. If you know anything about O'Dell or how old this tank might be that would be great too; I can't seem to find much online about it.


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Old 12-01-2019, 01:33 AM   #2
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Maybe a mr. clean magic eraser (or generic) recommend the heavy duty version for your situation.

This week, I will be trying out this in a marred evaporated water tank from outside. Usually my go to is to use baking soda and vinegar (it's fun ) and then go to the magic eraser, and then a safety / scraper razor blade ~ 45 degree angle. Then a bit more clean up after scraping with the razor blade.

The caulk looks tough. There are many videos from reliable hobbyists and professionals on sealing a tank.

This brand is not one I have owned though. A classic.

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