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J Murphy 06-05-2009 03:50 PM

Reptile tank able to be used for fish? (bigtime newbie)
 
Hello all!

I have always loved fish and I've wanted an aquarium for as long as I can remember, but as a student I didn't have enough money. So now that I'm an "adult" now, naturally when I saw a tank with stand at Goodwill for $60 (I later did crude volume calculations and determined it's around 40-45 gal) I picked it up. Well I get it home and see a tiny sticker on the bottom of it that says something like "Warning: Filling tank over halfway with water may cause the top to warp." Also, there is a small amount of sand in the bottom of the tank, which I assume to be from a lizard or turtle or something. The tiny hood (not a full covering by any means) gives a warning to not put over open water or it could void the warranty.

So did I purchase a lizard tank, or can I still use it for fish? That warping thing has me worried. Or, can I start going out trying to find a lid, rocks, filter, and all that jazz? Thank you for any help!

willow 06-05-2009 04:03 PM

hello and welcome.
i don't suppose you could post a picture could you ?
it dose'nt sound very secure to me,perhaps you could house some terripins in there,
or possibly swap it with someone on ebay/craigs list.

Fishin Pole 06-05-2009 04:59 PM

to me it sounds like you got a Kritter Kage or Kritter Keeper...........I seen them with both names.......These are tanks that are made for reptiles, turtles, small rodents, snakes.......any small "kritter" that might need a home........The major difference is the construction of the tank......."Usually" the glass is not as thick as an aquarium equivelent size would be, and some only are made to hold water halfway full.......This is due to water pressure on the thinner glass and seams.......If it was a smaller tank, some people have gotten away with them being used as aquariums with no problems, but if your calculations are correct and it is a 40 to 45 gallon tank, thats alot of water to take a chance with......If your tank doesnt have a center support bracket at the top, i think filling it up with water, you will see the glass starting to bow outwards.......<<<not a good thing...
Dont feel bad about purchasing this tank, alot of us fish hobbyists have done this also......Myself included


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