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Shooter311 02-22-2007 07:04 PM

Starting a 55 Gallon (buy used or new?)
There is a local guy selling a 55 gallon tank it includes-
-Metal Stand
-Glass tops
-he said something about a strip for it. I guess a strip light?
-Penguin 350 filter
- 2 20 gallon heaters (is this normal?)
- All the rocks needed
-and 2 Cichlids (not sure what kinds I know they are large).
this is all for sale used for $150.
I'm just wondering if its a good deal or if I should just go with a wal-mart setup for $150 and build my own stand. Any info would be great. I dont have many LFS to compare it to. I only have one and they are rip offs (55G freshwater setup for $1000).
Also I heard not to have under gravel filters in bigger tanks is this true? Thanks A lot for your time.

Rue 02-22-2007 07:06 PM

If you're sure the tank is sound...and all the equipment is in good shape, I'd say it was a very good deal!

Nothing wrong with used stuff if it's in good shape!

Shooter311 02-22-2007 07:25 PM

I talked to him over the phone and he said it was in "Great Shape".
I was just wondering what the "Glass tops" look like. I have seen them online but cant find a pic. of them on the tank. are they pretty cheap? also the two 20 gallon heaters is that normal? And what about his setup is better than the wal-mart setup? Sorry for all the questions, but I'm a broke college student who loves fish and I don't have much cash. Thanks for the quick response.

scottysgirl 02-22-2007 10:02 PM

I feel your pain about being a broke college student and loving fish! :) Used is definitely the way to go! We got our 29 gal tank/stand/filter/heater for $40. Tank sounds like a pretty good deal, as long as everything looks OK/works, I don't know about the two heaters, may not be enough?

Rue 02-23-2007 07:30 AM

I don't know why he has 2 smaller heaters...but for now, one on either side of the tank will likely do...ask for a larger heater for your birthday or next present! :D

One thing about being a college student...are you going to be moving a lot? Taking a tank down and setting it up again is a big pain...

TaiyedDreamland 02-23-2007 11:01 AM

I use 2 smaller heaters in my 55 gallon tank. I've found that it helps keep the temperature more stable throughout the tank. My tank is 4 ft long, so if there were only 1 heater, I'm thinking the water surrounding the heater would be at a higher temperature than the water on the far end. Maybe if you put the heater in the middle... but I like them on the sides, more out of the way. It just seems that with a larger tank, it'd be easier to keep a stable temperature with 2 smaller heaters.

Unrulyevil 02-23-2007 11:57 AM

Make sure there is no leaks and that the filter pump is working the way it should, otherwise good deal.

Shooter311 02-23-2007 06:57 PM

Thanks for the help but someone bought the tank out from under me. I'll prob end up buying the wal-mart kit. Thanks again.

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