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    Life span of a aquarium?

    Discussion in 'Setup and Filtration' started by Newfe, Jun 14, 2010.

    1. Newfe

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      I am looking at a used 108 gallon, its 19 years old. Anyone have any idea how long a tank will last without leaking? Would you buy this tank or is it too old?
       
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      There is no real life span for aquariums. You just have to look at the seams and make a judgment call about whether you trust it or not.
       
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      my tank is about 15 years old and its holding up just fine. my only worry would be if the tank has been dry for years and years. I imagine (but could be wrong) that the silicon could dry out. if it does leak, replace the silicon. you got another 20 years of enjoyment. its not like the glass is gonna get old. at least not in our lifetimes.
       
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      :iagree:
       
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      My 150 gallon tank is atleast 30 years old. Custom built back in the late 70's and still going strong. Got it from my grandmothers former neighbor.

      never needed resealing the silicone was waaay overkill on it though lol.
       
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      my 20 gallon is over 25 years old, it was my dads in college.

      it had sat in a tractor shed holding dirt, and gardening tools for about 10 years. i resealed it and scrubbed it with some vinegar. if you saw it, you wouldnt believe how old it is.
       
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      I am another who has had tanks continuously running for almost 20 years. my 30g's I used to have were setup from 1989 to 2008 when I moved, never resealed.

      however, they were never drained down either. I would inspect the seals and if they look good, do a water test and you should be good to go.
       
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      Thats what i would have typed lol Agreed
       
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      my dad has tanks that are 20 years old or more and they look new.....well not BRAND new but fairly new
       
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      Just take a look at the seals, i recommend redoing them, otherwise the glass pretty much lasts a lifetime.
       

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