11-13-2011, 02:21 PM
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Suggestions on what to look for when buying a used tank and stand
Taking a risk buying a tank off craigslist, any particular things I should watch out for?
Buying this little baby off craigslist:
Ex-saltwater tank, owner upgraded. Looks pretty nasty. I see a blanket between the stand and tank which makes me weary...as if something was trying to be hidden. Could purely be for asthetic reasons. The tank itself is pretty grimey...I know with some dedicated scrubbing it'll come off. Is there a limit to the amount of crud I should be okay with ? I'm willing to put some old fashioned elbow-grease in.
I already have aquarium-safe silicon, so I'll probably reseal it anyway. Regardless, I'll be asking him to fill it with water prior to my purchasing.
What do you guys think I should be 'looking out for' when I buy this and the stand? I'm paying 200...and I know for that much I can get a 40 breeder and stand from petco for about the same price if not cheaper (and new, at that). I like the bowfront aspect though, good for stacking coral in my display (likely to be a salt tank). My only downfall would be if my 30 long didn't fit under it for a sump.