I just spent over an hour typing about the gently-used, but still in good working condition 55 gal tank that I picked up on 05-24-09. But it never was posted. Have already sent an email to the webmaster, praying that he/she can successfully retrieve it. Email was long and important, but unfortunately I cannot remember everything that I typed.
I will try to summarize.
The tank was not what I expected. Although I already knew ahead of time that the sale was for the tank only, no hood, stand, or accessories included, but I was expecting a squared tank. Instead the 55 gal is rectangled...I mean really rectangled. As in, 48 inches (4 ft) long!
The measurements are:
48" L X 20" H X 13"W (depth)
The tank looks bigger to me, but perhaps that is because of its length.
Could this be a reptilian tank or do fish owner use this size for their aquatics?
How do you get the gallonage of older tanks that do not come with papers, receipt, or sticker? Will I just have to count the gallons as I fill the tank up with water?
Is this a good shape for back & forth swimming motion for the Calicos?
How about real estate? Does it provide adequate space capacity for the quantity of Calicos involved?
5 fish that are each 5" long.
Also, I talked about aquarium placement in my original post.
The 55 gal is a perfect fit to my daughter's long 6-drawer dresser. This is where the pervious owners placed the tank in their home. They assured me that I would not have any issues doing the same. What do you think?
Her bedroom is upstairs, but since we had a queen size waterbed up there before, I am comfortable that the floor will support the fill 480 - 500 lb weigt of the aquarium.
God, I do hope the webmaster can find my original post. There were more questions that I typed, but for the life of me I cannot remember them all. I just want to cry! :sob:
Are you referring to this?
I requested the staff to merge two of your similar threads to quell the confusion of post flow between two threads.
Second thread above was posted in wrong section which was meant for saltwater tanks only. Hopefully, you will be notified of the possible merging of threads and moving if this does happen so you will not be surprised why one thread seems to have disappeared.
Regarding your post above, it is totally a norm that 55g are rectangular tanks, not squares. They tend to be narrower compared to 75g tanks. The dimensions of the tank make it perfectly suited for river setups or angelfish tanks although it will work for fancy goldfish as well if you do plan to put your current goldfish there. Fantails and ryukins reach at least 8-10 inches. This should not be an issue for a 55g.
Are you sure the drawer would not sag from the weight? Bear in mind, a 55g tank including decorations, water, substrate, filter, etc can potentially sag visibly on the drawer. This is dangerous. Get a proper stand for this tank to avoid issues in the long run.
Thanks for the links, but no. Those are not the missing thread. The missing thread was a brand new thread posted at 2:21 A.M. DST. (Could not sleep.)
I was unaware about the merging of the powerhead threads, but completely understand why you requested it to be done.
Oh no sagging? The previous owner did not mention that possibility. How in the world am I going to find a stand for this long tank? That really bums me out. I had such high hope too. What about the floor? Can I just sit it on the foor?
Do people not sit tanks on dressers, tables, etc. anymore?
You can make your own DIY stand if you are sure you can do it otherwise hire an expert to make one for you. It can be made of wood or steel. For SW, steel is not advisable as metal corrodes very easily but this is pointless since it's FW anyway.lol
How to Build a DIY Aquarium Stand (DIY AQUARIUM STAND PROJECTS)
Considering the total weight of a 55g, I would not recommend using the drawer. If your tank was smaller by at least 30g, it would be a different story. Placing it on the floor can work but it is not exactly pleasing to the eye as you have to lie on the floor to watch your tank. I really do not like this to be honest as it is not exactly relaxing (the whole point of having the hobby in general) but that's just me.
If it wasn't submitted as an actual post in the first place then I'm afraid there's nothing we can do to retreive it as it won't be held in the database.
You will have over 400 pounds with just the weight of the water, plus the tank and depending upon the amount of gravel and other decor, like rocks, you will have 600 pounds and perhaps much more. Buy a proper aquarium stand, they make them for this size of tank (it is common) or as Lupin suggested make a good one if you have the woodworking skills. You can also use concrete blocks and plywood; my 70g sits on a 3/4 inch sheet of plywood supported by two columns of three concrete blocks each that are not at the ends but in a bit to securely balance--I can assure you, this will never sag or fall. It is more secure than the 90g stand I purchased. Never put tanks (except the very small ones) on furniture, it is not safe.
I did submit the message. Hit the submit button and everything. The message just did not post.
I agree with the above people...get a stand for your tank. You'll save yourself a lot of heart ache and worrying...any local fish store can order you stand...55 G are very common aquariums...I would also scan craigslist...that place is great for stands/aquariums.
You have a standard 55 gallon tank. Check Craigslist for a stand. They're a dime a dozen on there. Have fun with your new tank!
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