06-22-2009, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Guppyluver4ever
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.
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.