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GrAveTzT 05-20-2009 03:37 PM

Where to find an retailer commercial Aquarium system?
 
I'm starting an Exotic Pet store and I'm having a lot of difficulty finding a company which provides a commercial Aquarium system.
I've already made contact with http://www.marineland.com but after much research I've found that there is some major bad reputation on the quality of their systems.

I'm also going to be in contact with http://www.petstorefixtures.com But I've found that its most likely that they will not deal with a Canadian based company.

Does anyone know of any other companies that provide these systems. I'm on a major timelimit and need to find one soon.


I realize that these systems are very expensive, so I've been searching for used systems, but this is proven to be impossible even though I have heard that they are always on sale at ebay.
Regardless I don't even know the exact search term because the two companies call them totally different things.

Where could I find this sort of thing?
http://www.franchisedirect.com/media...9af2850cf6.jpg

Unrulyevil 05-20-2009 04:57 PM

good luck buddy! imo not a good business, expensive equipment, expensive to maintain... never mind water + electric charges and return is minimal. I ones wanted to have that sort of business. :(

Unrulyevil 05-21-2009 11:05 PM

try calling big companies like.. Petco or something.. maybe They'll give u any info

Fishin Pole 05-22-2009 07:49 AM

have you checked out Aquabid?................from time to time, i have seen setups like this listed there for sale.......its worth a look......Good Luck!

SinCrisis 05-22-2009 09:26 AM

petco or petsmart might be hesitant about giving you information, just because your a potential competitor and they're a chain store. Askinga LFS might be more effective since as long as you let them know your out of their market range, they should be ok with helpin you out. I've always wanted to start a pet store...

Just outta curiosity, where id you hear about marineland having bad quality setups? I'm curious because, well this is towards normal tanks for homes, ive heard that their systems and products are generally very reliable and effective.

nixer 05-22-2009 10:58 AM

i would say you might be better off building one yourself look into something with hdpe(expanded pvc) with a non corrosive metal combo.

GrAveTzT 05-22-2009 01:57 PM

Quote:

petco or petsmart might be hesitant about giving you information, just because your a potential competitor and they're a chain store. Askinga LFS might be more effective since as long as you let them know your out of their market range, they should be ok with helpin you out. I've always wanted to start a pet store...

Just outta curiosity, where id you hear about marineland having bad quality setups? I'm curious because, well this is towards normal tanks for homes, ive heard that their systems and products are generally very reliable and effective.
Petco told me to get lost.:-) I'm probably going to my capital city to see if someone will release info about where they get distributors but as far as their tank systems go, they either made it themselves or brought from one of the 5 MARS type places.

About the marineland bad setup. 2 different people have stated that they own them and even though the automatic water dispenser system is great, it fails often and throws pure tap water into the tank killing a lot of fish. The two individuals said that the system was a pain in the butt.

SinCrisis 05-22-2009 03:47 PM

Its unfortunate that petco wont help you. This doesn't have to do with finding a supplier for ur system, but how big will your fish display be and what kinds of fish will you be carrying?

GrAveTzT 05-23-2009 12:18 AM

The fish display size I would like be about 36 tanks in total. I could probably live with 20, I suppose. All freshwater. Chances are in the beginning I'd start with common fish like Pleco's, loaches, guppies, cichlids, angel fish, sharks, mollies, barbs, etc.

Once the business is established and I have a handy balance on where to get everything from distributors and suppliers, then I would get into more unique fish.

SinCrisis 05-23-2009 01:10 AM

Hey, i just went to a petco today and they were using the marineland system... i knew what it was cuz it had the marineland logo on it. However im sure their other stores use diffrent systems since another petco a town away was using some cheapo awful looking system.


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