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cmc29 02-14-2010 05:55 PM

my 45 gallon craig's list find!!..it's pretty dirty but the price was right
 
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I just picked up this all glass aquarium, it's 45 gallons(holds water), measures 36x24x12", a glass hood, a penquin 330 filter with replacement filters, 2 heaters, a 25 foot python hose, a basic light all for just 65$. The tank needs some major cleaning and some good use of elbow grease, but i'm going to see how inexpensively i can make a beautiful environment for some lucky fish...lol

Here's some pictures of the ugly duckling

Splinter492 02-14-2010 10:33 PM

you could use hot water and a razor to clean the glass but be very careful to keep the razor flat on the glass or you will scratch it.

Romad 02-15-2010 07:52 AM

Eeewww that a lot of algae. More clueless fish keepers owned that one.

Nice score tho. Have fun cleaning it LOL.

Angel079 02-15-2010 09:12 AM

Ahhh I see some vinegar action happening to that tank; once you're done will look like brand new (I pers wouldn't try razor too much risk to scratch the glass up).

cmc29 02-15-2010 12:03 PM

@splinter thanks for the tip :-)
@Romad LOL...thank you, she said she had a guppy farm in it till recently
@Natalie I know that i'll be picking up some vinegar today(bulk size...lol), i've got some good filter sponge media that my LFS said would work great and not scratch the glass, you know i'll keep pics up of the transformation...:-)


I have lots of time to clean it up, i still am looking for a cheap stand or some good diy sites to build my own. I worked in constuction for most of my youth so i'm no stranger to building it myself, and have the necessary tools to do so. Does anyone have any good sites they trust?

buzz4520 02-16-2010 07:06 AM

http://www.garf.org/tank/buildstand.asp

this site should help you out in building your stand

Angel079 02-16-2010 08:09 AM

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Vinegar works great on any gunk spc the calcium built up's on glass tanks.
I always just use the normal cleaning sponges from the kitchen these yellow 1's with green backing. As long as you don't put no rocks between the sponges & glass you're good to scrub :-D thou sometimes for the corners / silicon brushes work better

I'm no carpenter or anything DIY for that matter but I tested myself on some power tools last year and came up with this below...was told by a carpenter here on the forum that a lil thinner wood would have done the trick too but I was rather safe then sorry...routed the top edges gave it all a clear coat and done - Nothing flashy but works for me/ my tank :lol:

pretzelsz 02-16-2010 10:24 AM

that is a sweet tank!!! nice job angel...what size is that one?

cmc29 02-16-2010 10:47 AM

Nice work Natalie!!!You are like a fish magician or something...lol

@ buzz thanks for the website, i'll def check it out

Angel079 02-16-2010 11:59 AM

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Originally Posted by pretzelsz (Post 326802)
that is a sweet tank!!! nice job angel...what size is that one?

Its the one you can find planted and with more up to date pictures under my Aquarium log "New 55g" here New 55g - 55 gallon Freshwater fish tank

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Originally Posted by cmc29 (Post 326810)
Nice work Natalie!!!You are like a fish magician or something...lol

Yea right :lol: I WISHED right now I knew the magic trick to keep the Tetra's alive & healthy :roll:


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