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Old 01-08-2015, 07:06 PM   #11
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That light is ungrounded so be cautious.

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Good point! it should be up dated.
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It's not salvageable, send it to me for proper disposal.

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That is so cool! I'd personally plant the heck out of it and have shrimp.

Would love to see more photos as it progresses!
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Vintage for sure! I like the second pic with bananas for scale.
I had a 10g steel frame with slate bottom years ago. Was my first tank as a child. Lost track of it during those college days. I also had the steel tank top to go with it. It offered no protection from water splash and I saw sparks shoot out of it.
You could go open top and suspend a light fixture or a use a sleek clip on style LED fixture.


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Vintage Metal Tank

Wow, thank you guys all so much for your ideas!!

I've been scrounging eBay (and the rest of the Internet) for a top that would fit, but I think I'm going to end up with something homemade. So far though, I've only seen one light that's small enough, a little 12-incher.

Also, has anyone got experience with filters like these? (Bananas included for scale ) I've got a normal big 20 gallon at my parents and I've used the standard modern filters my whole life, but I really want to go with this for vintage's sake. I was thinking of even tying moss to the front to hide it and to bring more green to the tank. Click image for larger version

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The circular thing is the plate for an under gravel filter designed for bowls. It needs a length of rigid airline tube and a riser tube. Air is pumped into the rigid tube where it then rises up through the riser tube. This draws water up the riser tube which pulls water through the gravel and through the plate.
The air powered corner filter operates the same way as the UG filter mentioned above does, however, instead of gravel, water is drawn through a layer of filter fluff and activated charcoal.


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So how old are these tank styles?
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So how old are these tank styles?

Idk. My mom picked up the one I was referring to sometime in the 60s. Probably much older than that.


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Idk. My mom picked up the one I was referring to sometime in the 60s. Probably much older than that.


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Blimming heck, that's practically Stone Age for a tank.
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Blimming heck, that's practically Stone Age for a tank.

I believe it is before the Age of Silicone or least its application to aquariums.
"Vintage" is the preferred term



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