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post #11 of 18 Old 04-21-2012, 05:51 PM
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I'm in Canada. We have petsmart in my city but not petco. I get my stuff at Big Al's. I just bought a 55 gallon with heater, filter and stand on sale for $269 CAD. I just finished filling it with water an hour ago. I need a freaking python. It took me 21 buckets of water.

Byron, is there a photo of that setup anywhere on site? I'd like to show my wife your homemade stand.
Here they are, not the best photos, but I took these a few months back to illustrate the stands to another member. The first is the 70g, and the second is the similar-type I built for my smaller tanks. My fish room (whole house for that matter) in on a concrete pad so weight is no issue, similar to it being in a basement.
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post #12 of 18 Old 04-21-2012, 06:44 PM
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Nice tanks Byron, I like the idea of the bottom pictures. Somebody likes planted tanks as well

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #13 of 18 Old 04-21-2012, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
That stand is a brilliant idea. The wife is totally up for it, if I cover it with a sheet.

I just got off the phone with a guy who bought a restaurant and needs to get rid of a giant fishtank. He doesn't even know what kind of fish are in it. It's got lights, filter, everything. He said "it's not that big, only 6 feet x 2 feet x 2 feet. By my calculations that's around 180 gallons.

He has no idea what he has there. He didn't even put a pic in his ad, or mention that it came with all that stuff. He just wants it gone.

His ad just said 6 foot aquarium, comes with 20 fish. $300.

THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS!! He even said he would see if he could find someone to get it to my house.

No stand because the base was built into the restaurant. He's in town Tuesday and I'm going to see it.

BTW Byron those tanks are gorgeous.
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That stand is a brilliant idea. The wife is totally up for it, if I cover it with a sheet.

I just got off the phone with a guy who bought a restaurant and needs to get rid of a giant fishtank. He doesn't even know what kind of fish are in it. It's got lights, filter, everything. He said "it's not that big, only 6 feet x 2 feet x 2 feet. By my calculations that's around 180 gallons.

He has no idea what he has there. He didn't even put a pic in his ad, or mention that it came with all that stuff. He just wants it gone.

His ad just said 6 foot aquarium, comes with 20 fish. $300.

THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS!! He even said he would see if he could find someone to get it to my house.

No stand because the base was built into the restaurant. He's in town Tuesday and I'm going to see it.

BTW Byron those tanks are gorgeous.
Thanks, you and Tazman. Not very good photos of the tanks, it was only to illustrate the simple stands.

That's a good deal. Just make sure everything is removed from the tank before moving it, you may already know this, but they may not, they must be completely empty before being lifted.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #15 of 18 Old 04-21-2012, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
It's bigger than I was looking for, I don't know anything about keeping a tank that size. I've never had anything bigger than a 55 gallon tank with HOB filter. But because it is so cheap, I am going to go look at it. If I get it, it will be my last fish tank. And I will probably be making a cinder block stand, god knows what a real stand for a tank that size would cost.
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post #16 of 18 Old 04-21-2012, 09:15 PM
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A DIY stand would not cost a lot perhaps $50. I can point you to a design which is good for tanks upto 300g in size and works very well. Let me know if you are interested and I will post the link.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #17 of 18 Old 04-21-2012, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
Thanks, if I end up buying it, I'll need that link. I see you're just a couple of hours away. I'm in Ottawa. The guy selling the tank is actually from Montreal, but he bought a restaurant here in Ottawa and he just wants the tank gone.
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post #18 of 18 Old 04-24-2012, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
Found out today my LFS has layaway, which is how my wife and I usually purchase big ticket items. I've picked out a 125 gallon 6 footer with stand and canopy. It's GORGEOUS. I may use it as a room divider in my basement.
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