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Feelable scratches in aquarium
Old 12-30-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
 
Feelable scratches in aquarium

I went out today and purchased two aquariums. The top one I was told was a 35 gallon and the one that sits on the bottom part of the stand is a 25 gallon im told. I noticed after cleaning a few scratches. Some inside some outside. Some I do not feel some I can feel with my nail though not to deep. I took some pics. The tanks were filled with water and fish when I picked them up so he could show me it held water. I assume these are safe and I have no concern about the tank glass caving in in me.

I took some pics





Heres the set up, its filled now with water


Also, I feel like something is missing in my filter but I cant figure out what. Carbon filter?
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:39 PM   #2
 
Scratches are harmless and do not effect the strength of the tank.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:12 AM   #3
 
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True, but there damned annoying!
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:25 AM   #4
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Measure the length & width = do a G search.

Check the other side of the tank to see if it's better/worse. Most damaged side faces the wall.
  • Also the top tank is either a 20G/29G & the bottom tank looks like a 10G.
  • Your Bio-Wheel Filter is missing the reusable cartridge.

Search for "bio wheel cartridge" & figure out which one you need.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:31 PM   #5
 
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Check the other side of the tank to see if it's better/worse. Most damaged side faces the wall.
  • Also the top tank is either a 20G/29G & the bottom tank looks like a 10G.
  • Your Bio-Wheel Filter is missing the reusable cartridge.

Search for "bio wheel cartridge" & figure out which one you need.
I matched the measurements to tanks I found online at petsmart. The top one is 35 gallon the bottom one is only 20 not a 25.

Top tank is 29 3/4 inches side to side, 12.5 inches back to front and 18 1/4 high

Bottom is 24 inches side to side, 12 1/4 back to front and 16 3/4 high

Petsmart website for a 20 gallon

24 1/4"L x 12 1/2"W x 16 3/4"H

Petsmart website for a 37 gallon
30"W x 12"D x 22"H (couldnt find a 35 gallon)

The damaged side is facing out. I thought it was better to do that in case the tank caved, it wouldnt cave all over my electric outlets...water is already in them. I was going to use the top tank for chiclids (not oscars) and the bottom tank for just some glass catfish, mollies etc

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Old 12-31-2012, 03:58 PM   #6
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That's good, at least you didn't get totally ripped off. I could have swore it was a 20G & 10G.

Scratches on a tank that small aren't going to do nothing other than drive you batty when observing your fish. Turned the scratched side around to face the wall.

There's a ton of snow on the sidewalk that needs to be shoveled before it freezes so....

Happy New Year.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:44 PM   #7
 
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That's good, at least you didn't get totally ripped off. I could have swore it was a 20G & 10G.

Scratches on a tank that small aren't going to do nothing other than drive you batty when observing your fish. Turned the scratched side around to face the wall.

There's a ton of snow on the sidewalk that needs to be shoveled before it freezes so....

Happy New Year.
Its already frozen here. How did I get ripped off a bit? Isnt $110 a good deal for all I got? He gave me a new heater thats working (he tested it bfore he gave it to me) and now my tanks is climbing from 68 degrees to 72 now. Want to get it up to 78. Will add fish in a couple weeks. I chose to replace the filter on the bottom tank because I I wanted something a bit stronger meant for a 30 gallon rather then a 20. Was on sale for $28.99
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:37 PM   #8
 
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:17 AM   #9
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Sorry in the last post, I didn't have time to compare your measurements to the standard dimensions of the most common fish tanks.
  • 29 Gallon (Standard) - 30" x 12" x 18" = 330 lbs when completely filled with H2o.
  • 20 Gallon (High) - 24" x 12" x 16" = 225 lbs when completely filled with H2o.


This is how I value the equipment in the picture.

Note... These is US prices.

Since the tank was badly scratched I wouldn't have bought it unless it was a very RARE unique shape that I WANTED.
  • Vintage Radiant HOB Heater $3-$5 (I had no idea they STILL sold these types of heaters till 5 days ago. Brand new they're $6)
  • The double metal stand = $ 20 (I can't tell if it's aluminum or steel. I would prefer steel)
  • 29G tank = $40 (depending on the equipment & condition I would pay easily 2x this price.)
  • 20G tank = $30
  • Basic used tank hoods with the standard fluorescent tubes = $10-$15

Also a FILTER can vary in quality, efficiency & dependability, they're NOT all the same. Sounds like your tank had a UG filter (Undergravel Filter).



Anytime you buy previously used equipment, always ask questions & always be slightly skeptical about any claims the seller makes.
  • Get a list of the brand & model name of the equipment.
  • Research online & ask people on forums like this what their opinion on the VALUE of the item is.
  • Decide if you want to go through the hassle of cleaning USED equipment or just go with new equipment.
  • Mineral deposits & medicated tanks can residue that can be very difficult if not impossible to clean off completely
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:42 AM   #10
 
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Sorry in the last post, I didn't have time to compare your measurements to the standard dimensions of the most common fish tanks.
  • 29 Gallon (Standard) - 30" x 12" x 18" = 330 lbs when completely filled with H2o.
  • 20 Gallon (High) - 24" x 12" x 16" = 225 lbs when completely filled with H2o.


This is how I value the equipment in the picture.

Note... These is US prices.

Since the tank was badly scratched I wouldn't have bought it unless it was a very RARE unique shape that I WANTED.
  • Vintage Radiant HOB Heater $3-$5 (I had no idea they STILL sold these types of heaters till 5 days ago. Brand new they're $6)
  • The double metal stand = $ 20 (I can't tell if it's aluminum or steel. I would prefer steel)
  • 29G tank = $40 (depending on the equipment & condition I would pay easily 2x this price.)
  • 20G tank = $30
  • Basic used tank hoods with the standard fluorescent tubes = $10-$15

Also a FILTER can vary in quality, efficiency & dependability, they're NOT all the same. Sounds like your tank had a UG filter (Undergravel Filter).



Anytime you buy previously used equipment, always ask questions & always be slightly skeptical about any claims the seller makes.
  • Get a list of the brand & model name of the equipment.
  • Research online & ask people on forums like this what their opinion on the VALUE of the item is.
  • Decide if you want to go through the hassle of cleaning USED equipment or just go with new equipment.
  • Mineral deposits & medicated tanks can residue that can be very difficult if not impossible to clean off completely
He gave me another vintage heater to replace the one I had before. Not sure if it will actually heat the tank up...seems to be climbing in temp though slowly according to the thermometer. The stand is steel I think. Here is exactly what I got.

35 gallon tank
20 gallon tank
2 heaters
2 filters
50lbs of substrate
big wood thingy for the one tank
2 hoods
2 light fixtures with bulbs

all would of cost $738 after taxes here.

I feel so bad now for buying it, I feel like I have been ripped off. I took that money out of savings I had for my dog (was going to replace it in a month anyway but still). As for the UG, he never gave me one. Not sure if one was used on this tank or not
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