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Old 01-07-2015, 11:59 AM   #1
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Vintage Metal Tank

Found this gorgeous four gallon at my local goodwill a couple weeks ago.
It holds water perfectly so no redrawing necessary!

I am, however, having a ton of trouble finding a top for it. No one seems to carry anything small enough, to the point where I've looked to see if I can have someone cut me specifically sized acrylic sheets. It's a 13.25 x 7.25 (x 9.5 tall). Any ideas?

Also, any suggestions about what to put in it?? I'm definitely planting but I can't decide if I should go with shrimp + betta or a handful of tetras/guppies.

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Old 01-08-2015, 12:13 PM   #2
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Also, suggestions for a heater? I'd really like one that auto-shuts-off, but my preliminary searching didn't see any that had that feature and were small at the same time.
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Old 01-08-2015, 02:14 PM   #3
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A 25w adjustable heater would work. As far as the top goes they came with a metal lid and light combo back in the day. I would watch e bay for one.
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:27 PM   #4
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If it don't have cats or anything that could find its way in it might be easier/cheaper to go with a mesh top? Or at least temporarily until you find acrylic


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I would guess your best best bet on a lid would be to get one cut at a hardware store for you. A glass or acrylic sheet that size really shouldn't be too crazy pricey. If you would prefer to have an open top though, that would work too. Just avoid jumping fish.
With only 4 gallons, I would avouid any of the commonly available 2 inch tetras (ie, rummies, cardinals, black neons, ect) and either do shrimp, a betta, or some sort of nano schoolers. you will be pretty limited since there is not a ton of water volume to work with.
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You should be able to get 1/4" glass cut in that size for less than $30.

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Problem is with these older tanks there is no ridge for glass or plexi to rest on. it would have to just sit on top.
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Could you perhaps weld/braze a small piece to create a ledge to prevent it from moving? You could even 2 part epoxy something at all 4 corners that won't look horrible. Maybe some type of cosmetic trim pieces. Or you could drill 4 holes and put a small screw at each of the 4 corners. Use a nice stainless steel button head screw and it won't look bad and probably won't detract from the look of the metal framing.


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the original top was made by meta frame. There are some on e bay
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That light is ungrounded so be cautious.

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