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Used Aquarium Question
Old 02-17-2010, 04:05 PM   #1
 
Used Aquarium Question

I have an oppertunity to pick up a used aquarium at a very reasonable price but it was previously used for an Iguanna. Since this tank once housed a reptile can it be used for fish even after it has been cleaned.
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:20 PM   #2
 
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Look inside the tank make sure all seals are intact. Shouldn't be a problem; but rather be safe then sorry and test fill the tank outside or in the bath tub let it sit for 1-2days and then set it up.
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:23 PM   #3
 
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I don't know for certain, but I would assume it would be fine after a through cleaning. One thing you may want to look at is the frame on the top of the aquarium. I have kept and raised numerous reptiles, and I generally always had sliding screen tops, which had different frames around the top of the aquarium that wouldn't be ideal for glass lids etc...
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:36 PM   #4
 
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Be careful. The tanks made for reptiles are NOT made to hold the volume of water in an aquarium. The glass is not strong enough to hold more than a small amount of water at the bottom... I've picked up one used aquarium (eBay) and love it, and still check Craigslist for fun, but anytime I read a tank was used for reptiles, I don't even consider it because of the issue I just described.
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:06 PM   #5
 
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Good point by jill. A lot of reptile tanks, most commonly know as "critter cages" cannot hold water and shouldn't be trusted with water. I agree with angel to let the tank sit outside for a few days and see if it leaks at all. I also wud wash the inside out with either a minimum mixture of bleach or vinegar with water.
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:10 PM   #6
 
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As mentioned by jill, make sure the tank is a fish aquarium or just a standard XX gallon aquarium.... and not just built for reptiles. I can imagine they could easily use pretty thin glass for reptile tanks that don't have to support many gallons of water. And then do what angel said.
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Old 02-17-2010, 06:41 PM   #7
 
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Good point by jill. A lot of reptile tanks, most commonly know as "critter cages" cannot hold water and shouldn't be trusted with water. I agree with angel to let the tank sit outside for a few days and see if it leaks at all. I also wud wash the inside out with either a minimum mixture of bleach or vinegar with water.
Bare in min thou there's 2 diff things you can buy at the store a *reptile tank* which is generally very thing acrylic OR a Aquarium that one chooses to use for a reptile

For cleaning I'd not use bleach, long term bad effects on the silicon. If you use vinegar and scrub it down well and then rinse it with hot water few times you're all set and good to go.

Letting ti sit outside: Just be careful (or whoever else may read this thread) you wanna watch your Temps out there these days cause a glass aquarium set outside filled with water when its 32F...not very cool cause after 1 night out there I BET YA it's gonna have a leak. So if the Temps don't permit it do it in the tub or a garage or any warmer place you have.

It never hurts to check it out; when I find tanks only that seem alright I always drive out to check them out and see what I can surprise my hubby with again
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