08-30-2013, 11:29 AM
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Yea when I saw the ladies post on craigslist I thought the same thing that it was overlapping.. But when I got there it wasn't. She told me she got everything at walmart 4 years ago. The man date is 2008. So I looked on walmarts website.. I found the bottom and the tank.. They aren't making the tank anymore.. Aparently it was a Aqua Culture 55 gallon starter, came with a tetra 60 pump, a 200W heater, the duel left and right single t8 lights for $175.. The stand she got was a cheap stand made by Aqua Culture as well.. Its a 55 Gallon "max" stand for $100.. The review on it are good for the most part.. some people complained the top board was warped when they got it causing a uneven level between the tank bottom and the board so they had to return it in fear of it cracking the glass when filled.. It has an upgraded pump though some Penguin Powerwheel filter 350, and a upgraded heater.. A 300w heater, I plan to get 2 T5 lamps.. I know for this size tank I should probably get a duel T5HO fixture... But I don't know any cheap brands do you guys ? I was just thinking of getting a Aqueon duel t5 48 inch fixture itll be like 56 watts.. That's only 1WPG though and we do plan to plant this tank with swords, anubias and so forth. . Because right now those single t8 lights on it are only 30 watts for 0.5wpg and its just too dim even without water and rocks lol
This stand I got from the lady though seems fine though.. It flush with the tank no warped board causing the tank to wobble on the top or have any gaps and a lot of people use 55 gal tanks on it.. But it just doesn't seem AS sturdy as my expensive bottoms for my older 27 hex and 30 long gal tanks made by perfecto. I'll try to add some 2x4's in there but I wont wedge them in really tight I don't want to press against the top and bottom boards and "Warp" it. Aparently all the wood is pressed saw dust but the top bottom and doors are powder coated black.. That's why they felt hard as a rock like some sort of hard plastic.
And more pics.. I also got a carpenter level on the stand to check if the floor was level because my townhouse some of the floors are uneven due to the house settling weird when it was built 10 years ago. I think this floor will be sturdy enough.. Its sitting against a wall with another townhouse to its back and that small portion that sticks out on the right of the pics is where a metal beam and Pole goes in the basement
Last edited by candymancan; 08-30-2013 at 11:35 AM..