130g tank with everything for $250, should I get it?
I'm in a predicament where all the fish I would absolutely love to have (Bichirs, eclipse catfish, dragon gobies, and the like), require aquariums of a size that cost a healthy amount of money. Recently, I traded my e-Reader that I never used for a 40-ish gallon tank with half of its top (originally it had two glass covers, one broke) and a hood light (and boy, was the tank covered in calcium build-up!). It's probably going to take more or less $200 (not including a stand!) to start up the tank, and that's without the cost to stock it. Furthermore, while it will hold the fish I like for a while, it certainly wouldn't be permanent.
And so, I came across another person who's selling their 130 gallon locally, with two filters, two heaters, scenery items along with 54" ship decoration, a current maker, aerators with tubing, and even more stuff! It even comes with a 3-cabinet wooden stand! For an amazing price of $250!
Should I try to go for it? I'm pretty sure it's even less than what I would have to spend total on the setup for the 40 gallon, the only thing is that I'm not the one with the money. Been desperately trying to get a job, but no luck so far. So, I'd have to resort to coaxing my lovely mother to see that this is a way better deal. But what do you guys think?
That is really short money for a tank and stand that size. Never mind the rest of the equipment.
I'd be a little worried about why they're selling it so cheaply. Like 1077 said, make sure the tank holds water. And bring a flashlight with you to check out how scratched up the tank glass is.
Good luck and welcome to TFK. Let us know if you purchase it.
Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.
I agree with what's been posted. I would also ask them how long they have had this (tank and equipment).
The guy posted pictures on a website, (I'd say the website, but I'm afraid someone might grab this deal before I'm sure I want it) and one showed it held water. Of course I'm still going to inspect it, and I'm hoping that it'll be as good as it sounds. Just gotta talk my mother into it, so far she's been like 'Where are going to put that thing?! What are we going to do with the one you just got?! You don't need an aquarium that big!' (She's obviously much less a fish enthusiast than me, lol)
It's most likely an older tank with older equipment, and I have in mind that I may have to replace the older equipment. Still, a tank that big with all that stuff would still be worth the money, I think.
I agree with what the others have suggested. Even with having a picture showing that it held water when you do go to check it out I would check the seals to see how they look and have them let you fill the tank with water there to see if it has any major leaks. You will still have to set it up at home to check for slow leaks that may not show for a couple of days.
I've recently received lots of negativity about the site of posting of this aquarium, which I will now say is craigslist. Lots of scams and reports of people being lured to a seller's house only to be attacked in a way that is truly horrific. The seller's house is only about an hour or so drive from where I live, but now I'm quite nervous and reluctant to go about trying to get this aquarium... Has anyone here ever used craigslist or knows how to spot a trap?
Man... and I got so excited, too. D:
Same thing happens with ads put into the newspaper, everything in life is a risk. Chances are though you wont run into that 0.0001% of people that are looking to hurt someone else, I sell and buy on craigslist all the time, you are more likely to get screwed because something wasn't as you expected it, just make sure you do a good inspection, if you are afraid of the creeps then bring a friend along. Even if you don't like this deal there will be others in the future so no worries if you don't get it, but the really good deals are usually gone with in 24 hours of being posted.
I'm sorry to be a downer but Mom has a good point too. Where are you going to put a 130 gallon tank. Water is approx 10 lbs a gallon... thats 1300 lbs without stand, rocks, gravel, etc. It is best in a basement but you might want to take a moment to think about what is underneath your planned location for this tank... and can the floor support the weight. Just do your research! even if you miss this tank, there will be others come up on Craigslist.... and yes you will need to take friends with you to lift/carry it.
Not sure where you live but I'm in Philadelphia, which, although called the city of brotherly love, is not the friendliest place. I have sold and bought many things, even my 30 gallon on craigslist. That being said, here are some pointers.
Make sure you get pics and details of everything, equipment, tank dimensions, age, etc. Before you go. If they have pics, they are most likley are looking to sell an item rather than attack you.
Always go during the day, and bring Someone, or a few people along. After all if you do decide to buy it you will need help moving it.
Only bring $250. No more. Leave your pesronal items in the car, only bring cash into his house.
And of course do as others said and visually inspect everything. Good luck and be safe. If you get it, please post pics when you set it up. We really like to see everyones setups.
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