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    Hi everyone. I've been off the forum for years it seems like. Still keep fish.

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    I inherited a 75g tank years ago from a friend of a friend and I failed to ask how old the tank was when I got. I got to wondering if these tanks have an expiration date? How long can an aquarium last if normal maintenance is kept? I would think a fairly long time, but I really don't know. I have a big move coming up where I'll have to drain my tanks and move them to my new home and I'm starting to wonder if it would be safer to buy new tanks. My 55g is about 6 years old so that one should be fine, i just don't know how old the 75g is or if I should even be worried about it.
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    I don't think there is an absolute expiry date on tanks. I guess a tank never used and stored ina dry, cool and dark place would last decades, and one that is used a lot, banged around
    and then forgotten in a garage over a hot summer may have its silicone degrade in a short time. in conclusion, it probably varies a lot depending on how the tank is treated.

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    I too have wondered that same thing...so...if a tank is set up and never moved or mistreated...does anyone have any idea how long the seals should last...how old are some of the tanks out there with the original seal?

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    As long as the silicone is on good shape, and the glass is not cracked, it's in good shape and ready for use

    The lenght of time the silicone will last will depend on the conditions it is kept in
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    now the question - how often do you inspect the silicon on the tank? I know the bottom of the tank can't be inspected except on a bare bottom tank or unless it is fully drained.
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    Before using the tank, and occasionally afterwords. If the silicone is in good shape before you use the tank, it should be years before you have to worry about it. If you are in doubt, replace the silicone before using the tank (its real easy to do). Most manufactures give there silicone a life span of 20 to 30 years so I would guess the maximum life span would be somewhere around there (depending on how well the silicone was applied).
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    I have non-leaking metaframe tanks still... my grampa has pre 1950s tanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandz View Post
    I have non-leaking metaframe tanks still... my grampa has pre 1950s tanks...
    Whoa!!! That is old...there must be some form of sealant in them??

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    metaframes, when well taken care of are some of the best tanks. THey have a tar-like seal that isnt silicone and doesnt really degrade as long as its in constant working condition. Mine were started by the grampa and have never once leaked.

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