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Old 03-01-2010, 01:17 AM   #11
 
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I'd be tempted to do the 120g long at Petsmart if floor space isn't an issue. It doesn't look as tall as the 150 tall. That height, nah I don't think I would do personally. But that's if it was me. And the 120g long is cheaper ;)

Well I've been debating this in my head for days now...floor space isn't an issue. I have a huge apartment. I plan to put all my parrot fish in it and make one of my 55's a brackish tank. I can't decide if they would be happier in a longer but smaller 120 or the more-gallons 150.

I obsess to death before I buy anything. lol
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:25 AM   #12
 
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Sometimes a good craigslist hunt can last weeks or more. I never buy new. I've been known to stalk craigslist for months looking for the best deals. On a tank of that size, I think it might be worth it hunting a used one down as the savings might be pretty darn substantial.
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:06 PM   #13
 
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Sometimes a good craigslist hunt can last weeks or more. I never buy new. I've been known to stalk craigslist for months looking for the best deals. On a tank of that size, I think it might be worth it hunting a used one down as the savings might be pretty darn substantial.

Usually I would agree, but like I said before...craigslist is not very active around here, and the bigger cities where I DO see tanks listed are 10-14 hour drives away. I've had want ads up and been looking daily on all the major ad sites for months. Pet/aquarium shops within reasonable distance all have my number in case used tanks come in.

The few tanks I have found don't come with filters or heaters I would be satisfied with (the guy with the 125 in fargo has crappy filters) so I would end up buying a new canister filter anyhow. Sooo....$359 for a brand new 120 with canopy and lights really isn't that bad of a deal in my opinion.

I've been looking on statewide classifieds for about 3 months now, so it's come to this after a lot of searching and no luck. I've found plenty of 72-75's...but I'm not willing to go that small. Found a 90, but the thing is butt-ugly, has a cumbersome built-in metal stand that I don't like.

Living in North Dakota has its challenges! haha
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:20 AM   #14
 
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Gotcha. Sometimes the big chain stores do have some pretty decent sales. Last time I was in a Petsmart, their 55g tank (tank + lighted hood only) was on sale for something like $95 with the regular price being about $135.
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:11 PM   #15
 
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The big problem with finding one online and shipping it is that it's going to cost a fortune. Shipping tanks isn't cheap and if you're not totally against the ones Petsmart is offering I'd go ahead and buy it.
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:31 PM   #16
 
Be aware that the capacity of tank is best calculated by using the top dimensions only, not the one inch per gallon rule, so my 75 gallon tank can hold just as many fish as the 90 gallon tank, they both are 48 inches long by 18 inches wide, the 90 gallon is taller, that's all. If I remember correctly, the formula is one inch of fish per 12 square inches of space.

The math: 48 times 18 equals = 864 square inches; now divide that by 12 and you get 72 inches of fish, but realize smaller fish are easier to maintain in quantity than larger fish, and this formula is for smaller fish. Now you might be tempted to say, I might as well use the one inch per gallon on the 75 gallon which yields 75 fish, not much over 72; however recall the 90 gallon also has the same square inch area, so it can only hold 72 inches of fish. So taller tanks can only hold the same amount of fish as their smaller cousins if the square inch area is the same.

This went on for so long I had a senior's moment and forgot why I was talking about this issue. If your 120 and 150 have the same square inch total on the surface, then the 120 and 150 both can hold the identical number of fish. The taller tank is nicer for longer finned fish like angels, but if your fish aren't demanding of vertical height, you don't need it. More height will mean more money in lighting and filtration and more of a demanding water change.
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:53 PM   #17
 
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You guys must be good luck...I went to order the one from Petsmart and ran into an employee that claimed they couldn't order it, despite the manager on the phone saying they could. Since it was Sat and he wasn't there, I said I would be back monday.

Meanwhile, I ended up looking for something else on our local classifieds and ran into a 120 gallon, with stand, fish and everything I need for $500. Talked him down to $450. Its the dimensions I wanted (48 by 24 by 24 instead of the long 72" the petsmart tank was) and I won't have to spend money on a stand.

Will be picking it up on Sat. Woot!

Will have to find a home for a shoal of black skirt tetras that come with it though. Not a fan of them and they are not compatible with any of my other tanks. The two softball-sized angelfish it also comes with will do fine with my parrot cichlids.
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Old 03-08-2010, 04:19 AM   #18
 
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Awesome! Not a bad price for a fully equipped 120g.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:16 AM   #19
 
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Awesome! Not a bad price for a fully equipped 120g.

Comes with really nice accessories too....extra heater still in box plus the one in the tank, nice canister filter, airstone pump thingy, two 35 foot pythons, a whole case of frozen food, stand, nice decor, GORGEOUS breeding pair of angelfish (black long finned and a marble), water conditioning supplies, etc.

Is only a year old. Only reason the guy has to sell is they had it in their finished basement which they discovered soon after buying the house had a huge mold problem in the walls. So they have to demolish and re-do the basement and can't do that around a huge tank safely. He seems pretty sad to let it go. His loss, my GAIN!
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:37 AM   #20
 
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Pretty often when I get really sweet craigslist deals it's a result of someone falling on hard times or something like that. It does make you feel for them and cross your fingers that you don't find yourself in their position some day.
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