On my way to getting my dream aquarium... - Page 5
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » On my way to getting my dream aquarium...

On my way to getting my dream aquarium...

This is a discussion on On my way to getting my dream aquarium... within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> Originally Posted by Adamson Should have bought the 125 used. I see them for $100 all the time. That would be great, if I ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Silver Dollar
Silver Dollar
Eleanor's Pyrrhulina
Eleanor's Pyrrhulina
View Poll Results: If I had a 220 Gallon Aquarium, I would stock....
Cichlids. Duh. 34 30.36%
It would be Saltwater. That's how I roll. 11 9.82%
Bala Sharks 14 12.50%
Tinfoil Barbs 6 5.36%
1 Male Betta 6 5.36%
100 Neon Tetras 23 20.54%
Rainbowfish 13 11.61%
Goldfish 4 3.57%
Other - Please elaborate in a comment in the thread. 22 19.64%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 112. You may not vote on this poll

Like Tree419Likes

Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
On my way to getting my dream aquarium...
Old 05-12-2012, 02:46 PM   #41
 
Canadian Fish's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adamson View Post
Should have bought the 125 used. I see them for $100 all the time.
That would be great, if I lived anywhere near you.

Here 125 gallon tanks typically go for $600-800 used on kijiji and craigslist, with stand and usually with a filter. Two of my four tanks were used. One had to be resealed, it was a pain in the butt. Both used stands were beat up around the edges. Then there is the issue of transportation. My car will not fit a 6 foot tank or stand. The store delivers. Also, to buy used I would have to have the $600-800 all at once. With layaway I can pay a couple of hundred at a time. I'll admit, I'm crappy at saving.

My two used tanks and stands were great deals but they are not in nearly as nice condition as the two I bought new. This is going to be a major piece of furniture in our house so we decided to go all out.

(If I had ever seen a used 125 here for $100 I would have bought it in a second, and found someone with a truck to help me get it home). $100 is too good a deal to pass up. Why stop at one for that price?
Canadian Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2012, 03:34 PM   #42
 
Geomancer's Avatar
 
Wow, things must be pricy up in Canada =O

The 125 is ~$360 here new (on sale). For a stand I built my own for ~$250. I have noticed though that people want wayyyy too much for used stuff in my region (New England). Deals can be had, but are rare.

So back on topic. Filters.

Check reviews on the Eheim Pro, I think their newest model of the Pro line is what's been getting a lot of poor reviews for leaking. They may have fixed the issue by now, but you'd have to research it. The Rena XP3 is a good filter, certainly take a look at it. The Eheim Classic line is pretty solid.

GPH is pretty useless really, depending on what you are wanting it for. Good for making currents for fish that need it, but in terms of actual filtering don't focus on it at all. Just get a filter that's advertised to work with your size aquarium. The majority of tropical fish prefer a gental current, or no current at all. A high current will stress them. So this is an area that you will have to decide on your fish to decide what filter flow rate is needed.

One canister is far superier than two HOBs. The canister will give you a nice current from one side to the other, evenly distributing the heat. Some fish will even face upstream like they would in a river. For live plants, a current like that will also make sure nutrients are avalible everywhere. Canisters are also much, much quieter to run.

For your equipment consider looking online. I don't know how Amazon compares in Canada, but here in the States their prices are generally at least equal, but often better than Petsmart/Petco (the two big chain stores here).
Geomancer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2012, 04:03 PM   #43
 
Canadian Fish's Avatar
 
Amazon.com won't ship most items to Canada. There is an amazon.ca, but it is totally different than the US site. I just checked. Aquaclear 110 on Amazon.Ca, 89.99. I can buy it locally for that and not pay the shipping (no free shipping on that product on amazon.ca)

Canada is a totally different ballgame than the states. Shipping from the US to Canada usually involves high international shipping fees, plus duty charges, which negate any savings. Americans are always surprised at the prices up here.

I could get a new 125 gallon tank for less than $360 CAD at Big Al's, but it wouldn't include the lid or light fixture. The 72" light fixtures cost as much as the tank.

Anyway, I'm not complaining about the price. Around here you get what you pay for.

The Eheim Classic sounds like the best option for me. They stock it locally, which is handy, and probably also means I can buy parts locally. They also sell this on amazon.ca, for the same price as locally, but again with the added shipping costs. Shipping Costs make anything bulky too expensive to order off of E-Bay as well.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Geomancer View Post
Wow, things must be pricy up in Canada =O

The 125 is ~$360 here new (on sale). For a stand I built my own for ~$250. I have noticed though that people want wayyyy too much for used stuff in my region (New England). Deals can be had, but are rare.

So back on topic. Filters.

Check reviews on the Eheim Pro, I think their newest model of the Pro line is what's been getting a lot of poor reviews for leaking. They may have fixed the issue by now, but you'd have to research it. The Rena XP3 is a good filter, certainly take a look at it. The Eheim Classic line is pretty solid.

GPH is pretty useless really, depending on what you are wanting it for. Good for making currents for fish that need it, but in terms of actual filtering don't focus on it at all. Just get a filter that's advertised to work with your size aquarium. The majority of tropical fish prefer a gental current, or no current at all. A high current will stress them. So this is an area that you will have to decide on your fish to decide what filter flow rate is needed.

One canister is far superier than two HOBs. The canister will give you a nice current from one side to the other, evenly distributing the heat. Some fish will even face upstream like they would in a river. For live plants, a current like that will also make sure nutrients are avalible everywhere. Canisters are also much, much quieter to run.

For your equipment consider looking online. I don't know how Amazon compares in Canada, but here in the States their prices are generally at least equal, but often better than Petsmart/Petco (the two big chain stores here).

Last edited by Canadian Fish; 05-12-2012 at 04:16 PM..
Canadian Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2012, 01:53 PM   #44
 
Canadian Fish's Avatar
 
Well, the tank, stand and lights are about 75% paid for. My income tax return came in, that helped. ;)

I've decided to go with the Eheim Classic 2217 to start. Eventually I'm going to add a Aquaclear 110 as a backup. I've decided on black gravel substrate, and I am going to try the Java Ferns and Anubias. They sell some at my LFS. I like the look of Java moss too, I'll have to look into if they ever carry it.

Because of all the hoses and wires I think we're going to put the tank along a wall instead of as a divider. We like to use the backgrounds to hide all that stuff.

Can't wait to get it home and start setting it up.
Canadian Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2012, 06:05 PM   #45
 
SeaHorse's Avatar
 
Don't forget the weight of it all! Make sure it's on an outside wall crossing as many joists as possible and not running the length of 2. Just a thought.
I found Big Al's in Newmarket to be THE BEST Big Al's of 4. Whitby, Scar, Barrie and Newmarket. I am their's for life!
120 gallon at Big Al's... 60" x 18" x 26" tall is $249. (plus HST of 13% for you Americans) But then there's the lid, lights, etc, etc, etc. ( I have a window in the way for a 72")

As for Craig's and Kijiji.... why do they want us to take away all their fish that are too big for the tank too? Just cause they don't want to deal with them any more.!!
SeaHorse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2012, 06:34 PM   #46
 
Canadian Fish's Avatar
 
I'm putting it in the basement, which is a concrete foundation. I wouldn't risk putting it upstairs.

The 125 gallon at Big Al's here (72"x18"x22") with stand (actually made of wood, not MDF) plus glass lid and 72" double light fixture is 1099.99 + 13%

I owe just under $350 on it now.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jakiebabie View Post
Don't forget the weight of it all! Make sure it's on an outside wall crossing as many joists as possible and not running the length of 2. Just a thought.
I found Big Al's in Newmarket to be THE BEST Big Al's of 4. Whitby, Scar, Barrie and Newmarket. I am their's for life!
120 gallon at Big Al's... 60" x 18" x 26" tall is $249. (plus HST of 13% for you Americans) But then there's the lid, lights, etc, etc, etc. ( I have a window in the way for a 72")

As for Craig's and Kijiji.... why do they want us to take away all their fish that are too big for the tank too? Just cause they don't want to deal with them any more.!!
Canadian Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2012, 11:25 PM   #47
 
boxercrazy156's Avatar
 
I too have decided on the eheim 2217 classic, I am thinking Natural Blends Gravel Walnut, and I would like a uv sterilizer for the new tank too I have one in my current tank because I had green water and really like he fact that it kills bacterial infections on my fish so for me its a must in my new tank also. Although the Big Als in Whitby is the one I go too I would like to visit the Newmarket one its the same distance from my house as Whitby so I am going to check it out very soon.

Have you ever ordered from this site ? http://www.petsandponds.com I buy my supplies there its so muvh Cheaper then anywhere else the 2 Litre Cycle is 25 dollars cheaper, they are in Orillia and I recieved my order 2 days after I ordered, media food everything is cheaper
boxercrazy156 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to boxercrazy156 For This Useful Post:
Canadian Fish (05-22-2012)
Old 05-22-2012, 11:43 PM   #48
 
Tazman's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by boxercrazy156 View Post
Have you ever ordered from this site ? http://www.petsandponds.com I buy my supplies there its so muvh Cheaper then anywhere else the 2 Litre Cycle is 25 dollars cheaper, they are in Orillia and I recieved my order 2 days after I ordered, media food everything is cheaper

I use them for almost all my equipment / supplies and have never had a problem with them, there prices in Canada cannot be beaten and they do ship very quickly. Last order I did last week, got a nice surprise off them in a freebie live rock cleaner / spot feeder for my saltwater tank valued at $18.99!

Only thing I wish they would add is aquariums
Canadian Fish likes this.

Last edited by Tazman; 05-22-2012 at 11:46 PM..
Tazman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 03:07 PM   #49
 
Canadian Fish's Avatar
 
Thanks for the heads up about Pets and Ponds, I had never heard of them before.
Canadian Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2012, 06:05 PM   #50
 
Tapil's Avatar
 
I saw a 180 gallon tank at a superfish store the other day for $1248 with lights and glass lid.

I would have bought it but im afraid 1400+ pounds is a bit too much stress for my old floors to handle :/

Nice buy though! :)
Tapil is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What's your community aquarium? What you have now, what you plan to do, your dream 1 Akeath Freshwater and Tropical Fish 18 01-14-2013 11:09 PM
We Can All Dream, Right? bigfish93 Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 7 12-29-2012 11:53 AM
A Dream seastar120 Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 5 01-24-2008 12:03 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:22 PM.