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desert guy76 09-07-2011 03:00 PM

Used tank questions for a newbie
I am very interested in doing a reef tank and I have some questions. I went to a local shop last weekend and there ready to go 50 gallon tank kit is 799.00. Way more then I want to spend on just equipment. I have been looking on Craigs list and I am finding complete set-ups with fish, rock, corral for under 500.00 for 75 gallon tanks. My big concern is moving the tank. Some say they will assist with move and set-up but me being a newbie would not know how to do it by myself. Is it relatively safe if we transport their water as well? I would hate to get it home and set up and everything dies. There are also 29 gallon nano tanks for sale with rock and some have corral for just a couple hundred too. Brand new the tank is 299.00. I am just looking for some guidance so I dont make a huge mistake. Thanks

onefish2fish 09-07-2011 07:33 PM

do your reading and research now, before buying. after a few months or so of research, then search for a tank, deals will still be there. check your area if they have a local reefing club. you'd prob. find a better deal and/or nicer setup there too.

just for the record, never move a tank with water in it, or even sand, rocks or anything. a tank should be moved empty to not put the silicon seal at stress.

welcome to the forum.

Reefing Madness 09-07-2011 07:40 PM

If you get the big tank, you can move everything using 45g tubs from Lowes, Home Depot. Store as much of the water that you can , as this will help with the tank not going through a huge cycle once you set it back up. You can put the rock in to 5 gallon buckets along with the sand. the 45g containers take 2 guys to move, but you can put more in them, like the fish and the tank water. :-D And as far as moving the tank with some water and some rock, it can be done, I've done it a couple times with a 125g tank. Use the furniture dollies, the little ones with 4 wheels low to the ground. Get a 2 wheel dolly and lift the tank as high as you can, slip the 4 wheeler under it, and one guy can roll it around.

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