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Refurbishing old tanks


  1. Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #1099
    by "Michael" <mburgess/> (Tue, 19 Jun 2001)

Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #1099

by "Michael" <mburgess/>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001

Dear Diana:
   In my youth I kept a MetaFrame for 15 years. After 4 years the "tar"
sealant gave out. I scraped the inside clean with a razor blade and then
used clear silicon (which I shaped with my finger and wiped off with a paper
towel) to create a seal on the inside. The seal lasted for as long as I kept
the tank and the water pressure against the metal frame meant I did not have
to take the glass apart. At around 15 years the tar crumbled and I was too
lazy to scrape the glass clean and reseal with silicon (and the lure of much
larger tanks had taken over :). As long as the glass or slate is not broken
you have no real problems at all. Just make a water tight seal and the frame
will take care of the weight.

> From:
> Subject: MetaFrame tanks
> Hello Folks:
>     Does anyone know of a source for getting the old Metaframe (metal
> tanks refurbished -- new glass, slate, and bedding sealant.  I have an old
> one I like and want to keep.  It sprang a leak today.  I am getting a new
> larger glass tank, but happen to like the looks of the old Metaframe. ...
>     Thanks, Diana

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