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IonBaller07 06-17-2009 05:21 PM

Petco 55g
So my local petco is having a clearence sale and one thing they have is a 55g aquarium, it comes with "everything needed" except for a stand, decor (ot has like fake plants I think that are really small), and fish :roll:. It does have the filter, heater, hood w/ 2 T5 lighting, and a bunch of other little goodies. All for $155. Is this a good deal. Well I kinda know it is Im just looking for a reason not to buy or for someone to give me that last little push. i dont know what I would keep, and it would have to stay in my basement since I have no room up here, but ITS A 55G!!! Right now I just have 2 10g and an empty 20g.

IonBaller07 06-17-2009 08:07 PM

Im also finding it difficult to convince myself to stock my 20g, if I do I need to buy the heater/filter/everything else. That would run me $25+ for the heater $35+ for the filter and god knows how much for the hood/lighting but probably upwards of $50. When Petco is running a 20g setup the same as that one ^^ except I think it just has on t5 light, for just $69. It would be cheaper just to buy the whole new tank, but then I would feel the need to fill the empty tank again. This thought makes me feel as though Id rather not buy either. Yes, Im actually complaining about cheapness of the tank and having an extra tank. But I guess the main reason I want to do a tank is to fill the $100 20g in my room, but then if I just get a new one I will kinda be back where I started.

Unrulyevil 06-18-2009 08:07 AM

everything that's in those packages is sooo cheap it's not even funny. Basic filter, basic heater, what else is in there? If I would have a certain budget of let's say 200 I would 100% consider this package for 155... otherwise I would spend more and get better equipment by buying all this stuff separately. But on the other hand... get 55 gal tank for around 70 than it leaves us with another 80.. .. so we get penguin power filter for around 45 and heater for like 25 and we still have like 10 $ towards lights or whatever. So.. sell your small tanks and get big tank.

Guppyluver4ever 06-18-2009 08:55 AM

NO WAY!! I am thinking of getting that same exact one at my petco!!!! I am now convinced i am going to get it!!!! I am upgrading from my 20 gallon tank to that 55 gallon tank, hold on lets make sure its the same one, does it say like deluxe or premium and its sold by aqueon or something?

P.S. If someone could answer my other thread about this same thing but its a question about moving my fish from the 20 gallon tank to the new tank. Remember I havent bought it yet.


IonBaller07 06-18-2009 09:45 AM

Uhh, I cant remember who its by but its in a blue ox with everything inside. I know everything in it is cheap but I my budget is...well Im not really supposed to have a fish budget. I want toput my money toward a car but nooooo the parents want me to take my dads truck. So I said fine no car, I get fish tank.

Unrulyevil 06-18-2009 10:10 AM

fishtank > car

Arkamaic 06-18-2009 10:13 AM


Originally Posted by Unrulyevil (Post 206120)
fishtank > car

haha! and a truck > car


I thinks it was Aqeon or something like that. I was in my Petco getting a new leash for my dog last night and went strolling into the aquarium department.

IonBaller07 06-18-2009 10:26 AM

I doubt I will actually get it because my parents will flip if I throw own $200 on fishies. Im also running out of stuff to sell, and well Im not getting a job :-) Maybe I can get my mom to throw in some cash. Or I could get my dad to pay if I tell him Ill throw a bluegill in it :roll:

Unrulyevil 06-18-2009 11:57 AM

go get a job! :) stop begging your parents for money

Mikaila31 06-18-2009 12:09 PM

Personally I would never buy it. Get a used one off craigslist. The stuff the tank comes with is really cheap IMO. A HOB filter, personally I hate those and run a canister on a 55gal or anything bigger. Also a standard 55gal the lighting is T8, the bulbs are 15 or 18 watts I believe. Decent lights I have some that are over 5 years old.... over priced though.

My first setup came form petsmart. I'm glad my dad bought everything for me....... I hindsight it was waayy to expensive. I rarely visit petsmart anymore, since they got rid of there price matching. They don't advertise it, but they use to match ANY other price even online prices. I could get so much stuff from them for cheap. It was easy to knock $60+ dollars off one of there canister filters. I also have a 5 years supply of micro pellets because I needed to use up some gift cards. They wanted $7 per packet, I bought 5 packets for about $13. ;-)

Then they stopped:|, so I get most the things I need online or off craigslist.

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