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post #11 of 16 Old 06-22-2009, 08:10 AM
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It's not a great deal. Sure you get a lot of the stuff you need but its all bottom shelf stuff. Nothing in it is terribly high quality and you'll likely wind up replacing a good deal of it sooner rather than later. Craigslist I can't recommend enough, and if you're looking for a 55 gallon with stand, hood, and lights in the Orlando area...

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post #12 of 16 Old 06-22-2009, 10:23 AM
DUDE, WHAT R U WAITING FOR, IF U CAN GET THE MONEY BUY IT!!!!!! I SAW THAT SAME ONE AT MY PETCO AND I WANTED IT SO BAD, BUT I DIDNT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY....... AND NOW THE SALE IS OFF BUT ITS STILL AT THE LOW PRICE OF $200.

And to Mikaila: Buying a tank off of Craiglist is a disaster waiting to happen. You dont know if they made a mistake and washed it with soap, then they put water and fish in it, they all died because of the soap and now they are trying to sell it to buy a new one. Then if you buy it your stuck with a tank that kills fish, or it could have the neon tetra disease (which is just spontaneously in some tanks that doesnt allow you to have neon tetras), anyway there is just so much stuff that could happen or has happened that the owners know and the buyer doesnt know which could make the tank great or can make the tank horrible. So whether its a good deal or not, its a better idea to go spend the extra $50 bucks or so and buy a brand new, fresh tank.

I dont mean it in a bad way, I just dont want the guy to miss out on an awesome buy, and I want to warn you for future purchases.
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post #13 of 16 Old 06-22-2009, 10:25 AM
Oh and I got that same exact kit from the same company in a 20 gallon tank and I have had it for about 5 months and its worked out great!!!!!
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post #14 of 16 Old 06-22-2009, 12:10 PM
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And to Mikaila: Buying a tank off of Craiglist is a disaster waiting to happen. You dont know if they made a mistake and washed it with soap, then they put water and fish in it, they all died because of the soap and now they are trying to sell it to buy a new one. Then if you buy it your stuck with a tank that kills fish, or it could have the neon tetra disease (which is just spontaneously in some tanks that doesnt allow you to have neon tetras), anyway there is just so much stuff that could happen or has happened that the owners know and the buyer doesnt know which could make the tank great or can make the tank horrible. So whether its a good deal or not, its a better idea to go spend the extra $50 bucks or so and buy a brand new, fresh tank.
I think its safe to say that there are a lot of people who would disagree with you about buying used tanks. Quite a few of us here have bought tanks used, in many cases more than one, and have had no issue with them.

Soap being used on a tank is not the end of the tank. Yes, it will require some extra cleaning but it doesn't permanently ruin a tank. Even things like copper and such aren't permanent ends to a tank but they are things to be aware of and decide if you feel like risking it or expending the extra effort.

Also, neon tetra disease doesn't just spontaneously happen. It's a parasitic infection. If a tank has dried out the parasites will have died. NTD, which is far rarer than people think, is typically passed on through non-quarantined stocks. It's not magic.

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I dont mean it in a bad way, I just dont want the guy to miss out on an awesome buy, and I want to warn you for future purchases.
I don't want him to go spend a good wad of cash on something that's not really that great of a buy.

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post #15 of 16 Old 06-22-2009, 12:25 PM
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I agree with Tyy here.......Craiglist is a great way to build a tank collection....no need to spend over $200 on something which you will want to buy better products anyways....

check out your craigslist items in your area. you'll thank yourself later on....
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post #16 of 16 Old 06-22-2009, 12:50 PM
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I bought my 55 gal. tank at Walmart for the low price of $125. It had everything. upgraded the filter after reading that you should get a biggger filter to fit a biggger tank. I never opened the filter and sold that on craigslist for $20 brand new. I bought a bio/ canister filter from drsfostersmith for $33 it was for a 75 gal. tank. I have had no problems with my tank. The price of the tank might be abit more then what I paid because I have had it for awhile. It's a glass tank. Craigslist does have good bargains out their. I recently bought a 10 gal. with a 20 gal, fiilter, lighting, hood and stand for $25. I' am going to turn this into a Paludarium tank as a project with my husband. I would fix up that 20 gal. you already have before buying another tank that's bigger. What's wrong with your unused 20 gal. anyways? Don't jump into a bigger tank when you have a nice unused 20 gal. that has alot of possabilities.
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