25 year tank dies

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23 Apr 2016 08:22 #1 by Sukahn (Shane Doorley)
Taught I would share my dad's story.

He came home on Wednesday night after collecting my mum from work, 1am as my mum works in a hotel bar.

25 year old clearseal tank, tropical, was leaking water out of a seal. Had to empty tank to the last 7 inches. Only a handful of fish in it, all survived.

Has another tank under this, built in unit, that had quarintine tank for pond.

Next day moved fish to pond and got tank ready for fish from top tank. Turned on heater and when at temp he transfered fish to it.

Next morning comes downstairs to tank at 36 degrees, most fish dead, managed to save 2 out of about 25-30. Back to top tank lol.

He still doesn't mind, he just thinks it's all part of fish keeping. He's sad the tank seals went as he bought it so long ago after quiting smoking.

Just taught I'd share.

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23 Apr 2016 08:47 #2 by fishmad1234 (Craig Coyle)
Ah that's a shame it raises the question do fish tanks actually have a life span as such or is there a recommendation on how long you should use a tank.

After 25 years he got his money's worth tho.

Fair play to him giving up the smokes I am myself trying to give them up and the love of fish keeping is definitely a way to channel the cravings but to justify giving them up I would be out to seahorse every day to buy something hahahahahah.

Hope he gets a new tank or gets the clear seal repaired.



Regards
Craig

at the end of the day it becomes nite

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23 Apr 2016 09:07 #3 by Sukahn (Shane Doorley)
Well from reading up on tanks, the seals should last on average of 15 years. I think 25 was a good showing of clearseal making great tanks back then. I now have a 5ft clearseal so hope it lasts that long :)

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23 Apr 2016 09:26 #4 by robert (robert carter)
Sorry to hear about your dads tank , just give him a bit of encouragement to get another one ,i hope he stays off the fags . Fishkeeping is not cheap but fags are worse

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23 Apr 2016 10:17 #5 by Sukahn (Shane Doorley)
He's planning on either re sealing or buying new. He's not sure yet. He's just glad it didn't happen when he was on holidays, he's leaving for 2 weeks Tuesday.

Don't think he'll never have fish, he has a pond as well. Think when he comes back there will be alot of planning lol.

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23 Apr 2016 10:30 #6 by robert (robert carter)
Whats in the pond

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23 Apr 2016 10:51 #7 by Sukahn (Shane Doorley)

robert wrote: Whats in the pond


50+ koi goldfish and carp I think.

I'll get some pics of the koi as they are super. 3 are over the 18 inch mark.

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23 Apr 2016 16:04 #8 by helix8008 (Tomas Novak)
Very sad and indeed part of the hobby. As said before 25 years definitely got the money worth. Every end mean start of something new ;)

Tom

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24 Apr 2016 14:07 #9 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
25 years
I think the majority of us would be lucky to get that long out of 1 tank!
Bad luck, yes but sure at this stage it owes nothing!!!!

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26 Apr 2016 01:19 #10 by Sukahn (Shane Doorley)
Yea he was well happy with the life of the tank and sent him barts way and now hes getting a replacement clearseal off him or alot less than getting something custom built from others.

He goes on holdiays tomorrow night till next week and picking up the tank friday week so its something to look forward to for when he comes back. Now all i have to do is keep his 2 surviving fish alive and keep all the koi in his pond alive too lol.

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