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post #1 of 5 Old 10-14-2010, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on buying $300 gallon used tank?

My friends friend is selling a tank and contacted me to see if I was interested
the tank was originally a salt water tank and has been out of commission for 3 years
It's acrylic and I already plan on resealing it if it is bought.

"It's 6 feet long, about 3 feet deep, about 2 feet wide.. live rocks and sand. been in container for about 2 years in salt water"

I'm not interested in the rocks, but can the sand be cleaned so i can use it for freshwater?
Would I need to do anything else to the tank besides giving it a good scrubbing?

She's charging $500 for the tank itself and $800 with the live rocks and sand

What do you guys think of the tank overall as well?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-15-2010, 12:09 AM
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That depends. An acrylic tank that has been used as a S/W could likely have some pretty good scratches in it, considering all the rock and sand that's been in it. I'd have to see it before I could say $500 was a good deal or not. Have you seen the tank yet??

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-15-2010, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't seen it yet but I was planning on checking it out tomorrow afternoon
If it is scratched up should I try haggling for a lower price?
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-15-2010, 12:36 PM
yes acrylic scratches are hard to get out and they affect the clarity of the acrylic. Also, it is likely the sand has crushed coral in it which will affect the chemistry of your water.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-15-2010, 01:03 PM
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Also, it is likely the sand has crushed coral in it which will affect the chemistry of your water.
+ 1. If you were planning on keeping cichlids then the effect of the coral raising the ph shouldn't prove to be problematic.

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