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post #1 of 9 Old 01-26-2007, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Is $55 a good deal on a 55g tank?

After some research and reading the replies to my post, Fry needs input on aquarium size, I have decided upon a 55 gallon tank.

This morning I made a trip to the nearest LFS and low and behold they are having a sale! The tank in question is new with a black frame. There is nothing included with it at all, not even a brand name. Just the tank. Is $55 a good deal on this? It's marked down from $100.

From what I can determine, this LFS is fairly reputable and the employees were very helpful and seemed very knowledgeable on everything except the tank manufacturer, of course.

I know I could spend a great deal more and get the hood and a stand, but I cant see spending that much for those items. The stand I will build myself as I have been doing woodworking for nearly 30yrs. And I am sure I can build one better than any "manufactured" one available. And paying for the hood makes no sense either as I eventually plan to try my hand at live plants. Thus, from what I have read, a single bulb unit will probably not suffice. Not to mention that my home built one will be unique and look a lot better.
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Any and all input on this will be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-26-2007, 11:26 AM
In my opinion yes that is a good price for a 55 gallon tank from a lfs. And yeah i wouldn't waste your money on a stand there if you know wood working you can build a nice stand and hood for you 55 gallon for less than 150 bucks for both, we did and it turned out nice.
post #3 of 9 Old 01-26-2007, 11:36 AM
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I agree with Lauri. I learned the hard way that a "good deal" is sometimes too good to be true (don't buy an aquarium at a flea market! LOL ) But since you're getting a brand new one from an LFS you really will have a good deal. Good luck building the stand and hood, I'd definitely like to see pics when you get it all done
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post #4 of 9 Old 01-26-2007, 11:37 AM
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It is a good deal, but if you looked around (on Craigslist and the like) you could certainly find a better deal. But from a store that is a good price.
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post #5 of 9 Old 01-26-2007, 11:42 AM
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I paid $150 for mine recently, although it did come with two light hoods, heater, & filter. I'd say that's a great deal.
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-26-2007, 05:25 PM
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Around here a 55 gallon tank costs about 110 dollars...if i was to come across one for 50 id be hard pressed to pass it up.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-26-2007, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I wont give out the name of the shop, but if anyone in the Columbus, Ohio area is interested, the shop is located on East Broad, East of I270 next to Target. Sale ends 1/31.

I guess if this is a no no on this board, please feel free to delete this post. However, I assure you that I do not work for the store in question.

Maybe someone else can benefit from a good deal as well.

Thanks to everyone for the input. Going to go get mine tomorrow. Now, anyone no of a sale on filters?
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post #8 of 9 Old 02-07-2007, 11:07 PM
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why isn't the manufacturer's name presented unless they're trying to hide something
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-07-2007, 11:22 PM
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i think its a good deal especially being its my area i found a 55 with the 2 lite strips for $109.00 and thus far is the best price i can find to date.

heres a link to a good home built stand if anybody is interested, its the one i plan on building in the very near future.
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