04-25-2007, 07:04 PM
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Yea, that would be my first concern, leakage. If its all good you could always make a stand (there are lots of plans on the web) or just buy one (depending on the dimensions of the aquarium, big al's online [ www.bigalsonline.com
] has the for $90)
As for you cleaning question, I would keep the gravel and decorations if you like them, it all depends what shape the tank is in. If it looks like he kept good care of the tank, then you are good to go. My Cichlids are really happy in their 2nd hand tank right now, and believe me, I had to do plenty of scrubbing to get that bad boy up and rolling.
So, if I where you... I would get the big tank, and first worry about the filtration system, a good heater(s), and some decent lighting and you are good to go! You can always upgrade your stand later (My personal opinion is that the fish do not care much about the stand, however, several hundred dollars gets dedicated to the stand in my house because my wife is not a big fan of ugly furniture