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post #11 of 18 Old 04-20-2009, 02:33 PM
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[quote=daisycutter;189297]i had my 150g break outside before i got the chance to use it quote]
that has got to be a gut renching thing to see happen.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #12 of 18 Old 04-22-2009, 05:53 PM
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many words were said...quite loudly

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post #13 of 18 Old 04-22-2009, 06:03 PM
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I would definately get the used one. half of my tanks are used and they're great just fill it up and leave it for a day to make sure that there re no cracks.
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post #14 of 18 Old 04-23-2009, 02:01 PM
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Used tanks are a great way to go. I have three tanks, only one of which was new. I bought my Eclipse 6 system new primarily for aesthetic reasons, I wanted a complete sleek package rather than the conventional box with gear all over the place. My other two tanks, a 55 gallon and a 48 corner tank are both used. I got both of them for a song The 55 for $75, including a hood, light, heater, filter, and stand. The 48 for $20 with hood, light, and filter. You can't beat that. They both cleaned up nicely and have never leaked even a little.

Fish keeping is the kind of hobby that leaves you with a lot of gear with no other use. People are always selling old fish keeping gear on places like Craigslist. I honestly don't even really consider buying new when I go looking for a new tank. I can find anything I want from 5 gallons up to 200+ on craigslist usually for dirt cheap.

Just be careful, ask for a leak test before you ever hand over any money. If they won't leak test it for you in front of you then walk away. Also if the tank is chiped or cracked don't even think of buying it. Also be highly critical of scratches. Trust me, the scratch might look minor and no big deal but once you decorate the tank and fill it the scratch will stand out like a becon. Also, your most prized fish will spend all its time in front of it. Some tanks you can turn around to face another way if one side is too scratched but still be wary. Also, ask if the tank has been treated for ich or with copper based meds. It's possible for the meds to get into the silicone of the tank's joints and leech out later, possibly killing any invertebrates you want to keep.

If you want to do salt water I'd be much more wary buying used gear. If copper based meds were used I'd never consider buying a tank for salt water. Honestly, in the grand scheme of things your tank is gonna cost maybe 10% of the start up costs of a reef tank. I don't think its worth chancing it with salt water to try and save a few bucks on the tank. Get a nice new one for saltwater.

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post #15 of 18 Old 04-23-2009, 05:04 PM
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i have a couple of deep scratches in a couple of mine sometime algea grows in the scratch giving you a bright green dash accross the glass which is very difficult to clean off

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post #16 of 18 Old 04-28-2009, 12:18 PM
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Great information - Also, what is the best method for cleaning a used tank (before you start your setup)?
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post #17 of 18 Old 04-28-2009, 01:25 PM
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Either a low concentration of bleach, 5 to 10% or vinegar. In both cases rinse the tank thoroughly afterward and let them air out until you smell no more cleaner. Give it another day after you smell nothing at all before filling.

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post #18 of 18 Old 04-28-2009, 07:02 PM
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My sister gave me her 55 gallon tank. it sat in her house 'brand new,' for 10 years. I have had snakes and frogs in mine plus let it sit for a long time and finely cleaned it really good, resealed using aquarium sealer and now it has been going for about 6 months now with no problems. After resealing and filling it, I kept a check on it hourly, then daily, and now I don't even check for leaks. I was offered a free 37 gallon with stand that has been sitting for a couple of years and I'll make sure it is cleaned good, resealed, and make sure it doesn't leak. I used vinegar and water to clean mine. Rinse very well. So, I'd take it if someone offered me a 75 gallon -- in a heart beat!
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