I have just joined this forum, so thanks for all the help in the near future!
I am looking for some advice on a 125 gallon all glass aquarium I am really considering buying. The seller is posting the item for a price of $400 dollars, and claims the price is firm. The tank comes with all the necessary equipment. The stand/cover/lights/filters/heater/gravel/dťcor and would include the fish. The seller claims the tank is about two years old, has no leaks, and no major problems. The reason behind getting rid of the tank is that he is moving out of state, which sounds like a legitimate reason, not just ditching a tank because itís falling apart. The tank is up and running and I plan on checking it out very soon and giving it a detailed inspection.
Some of the more pertinent information regarding the overall value of this tank is the equipment it comes with. The seller says there are two HOB dual bio-wheel filters, from the description they sound like the Penguin 350. These retail for about $30 dollars on the internet, but Iím not sure that I will stick with these filters to run this tank. I think with a tank this size I should be looking at a canister filter, but that is something to discuss later. The seller also said the piece of drift wood itself was purchased for $60 dollars. I know for a fact that a tank/stand of this combination should retail well over $400 dollars new, but in all reality these are used, so the price must be adjusted. This isnít one of those really nice stands made of oak with a nice canopy. This is a simple black stand with the black plastic on the tank and the basic black lighting on top.
My question to anyone out there who reads this is simple; do you feel like this is a good deal, and if so, what should I seriously consider checking on the tank when I go to take a look at it? Also, what are the major parts that I should check on the tank beyond leaks and visible damage when I go to take a look at it? The bottom line is I have read that aquariums and their equipment should retail at about half the price used, and I feel that this is a little less which makes me happy.