jrclancyjr

Fish Tank for my little girls birthday

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Hi first off let me say that y'alls site is amazing, I have been to Gregs house and seen his tanks and have heard him talk about his club, but I am truely blown away by the level of greatness that y'all take it too.

I wasnt quite sure where to ask this so I hope its the right spot.

I asked Greg for his advice on the subject matter and he suggested that I pose the question here as well.

My little girl is turning 4 in Oct and she is absolutely in love with fish. Last year she was with me when I was buying some groceries at Walmart and we just happened to be over in the pet section buying dog food and she saw the fish tanks, I kid you not we stayed there for 25 min looking at 6 tanks, 2 of which were empty. And since that day when we go to walmart we HAVE to go see the fishies. So much so that when she helps her sister clean up her room and she gets to pick a prize all she wants is to go look at the fishies because I think she knows that one day I will break down and by her one. I have yet to bring her to an actual pet store for fear her head might explode.

So a few weeks ago I was doing some furniture scavenging looking for a dresser for one of my other daughters and came across this dresser/cabinet that would be perfect for a fish tank stand and couldnt pass it up.

So now my thinking is get her a fish tank for her birthday for 1 present and then for the big present take her to a pet store and let her have fun picking out fish.

So I started looking on Craigslist for used fish tanks and the prices are either really cheap (which screams something may be wrong with the tank) or really expensive (which with 4 girls and a wife that cant work is out of the question)...but there did not seem to be any kind of middle ground, and I am no expert on anything fish related except for how to cook them, so I turned to Greg!!!

So my question (which I know realize I probably should have just asked without all the back story) is what is a fair price to pay for a used fish tank?? I am looking for anything between 55g-75g and should I look for a used setup that includes a pump and filter or should I not buy those used?

Thank you for any help and insight y'all can offer.

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Fair is what you are willing to pay. The cheapest route is to find a full turn key set up. Look for a mature system without hair algae or full of aipstasia or cyano red algae. Lighting should be t5 or metal halide or led. System should include basics like heater. Sand. Rock. But also look for a skimmer and sump? If you find one you would like us to help you consider. Post it on this thread and we would be happy to review it for you.

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To start, Welcome to the site.

I think the first thing you need to decide is whether you intend to go with saltwater or freshwater. ALthough this board is focused on reef keeping, we certainly can help guide you down any path. To that point, i would strongly suggest you start with the freshwater side to get your feet wet (Pun intended) and see what the level of interest is long term.

So, let us know what you want to do, then we can give you some direction as well as likely find you everything you need.

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Freshwater I think is the way to go right now, but after looking at the site more, I could see myself really getting into the reef keeping. But this is for her and she is more about the fish so I think freshwater is what we are looking for.

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This thread just got really boring. Hahhahah. Jk

$1 per gallon is reasonable for used, I would think. For colorful fish, look for African cichlids. My brother sells colored

Males at a reasonable price < shameless plug, sorry mods> but you can easily go any route. I've always loved angels but then there are so many options out there.

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This thread just got really boring. Hahhahah. Jk

$1 per gallon is reasonable for used, I would think. For colorful fish, look for African cichlids. My brother sells colored

Males at a reasonable price < shameless plug, sorry mods> but you can easily go any route. I've always loved angels but then there are so many options out there.

Yeah I know, with some of the stuff y'all do this is like short bus tank talk. Baby steps right?

Thats what I figured as far as price, I found a 75g for $20 which makes me think something might be wrong with the seals or the tank itself and then a 55g they were asking $300.

What about pumps and filters, should I buy those new or is it ok to use used ones as long as they are working?

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75 for 20 is really cheap. It is easy to reveal if you get it. All you would do is remove the inner silicone with a razor and reseal with aquarium safe silicone. Let it set for a couple weeks. Used filters would work well. My brother uses either HOB or canister filters

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Freshwater is great to start with and I'd go with cichlids as mentioned!It's how I got started! $300 is reasonable depending on what comes with it. If it's a tank, stand, sump, canopy...etc. If just a tank well....you can get a 55g from petco for $55 at the next sale.
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I started fresh water like most, I would go with something like a 30 long or 40 breeder that you can convert to salt easily if you want to in the future. Fill it with a few Angels, a Pleco, and a bunch of neon tetra's. The Tetra's school and make for an interesting tank since they actually swim as opposed to just floating around like most fresh water fish. Cichlids are more colorful, but also take a different set up than regular fresh water tanks. Start with the easy cheap route to see if she catches the bug and wants to go further in the hobby. :twocents:

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Thanks for the help guys, she went with me to walmart today and there was an older kid getting some fish...she BEGGED for me to get her some and I kept saying you have to ask Santa for them...I almost broke down and bought her a tank right then.

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A small saltwater tank isn't very expensive to set up. I have a 10 gallon tank, with 2 clowns, an anemone, a couple of low end corals, some hermit crabs and some snails. The equipment is a hang on the back filter, a heater a small uv and a small powerhead. The lighting is a simple 2-bulb T-5 fixture, which is enough for soft corals. Total investment is probably under $200. Very little maintenance. Hours of fun watching the fish corals and invertebrates.

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A small saltwater tank isn't very expensive to set up.

I agree. I just set up a 10 gallon tank in my sons room with similar equipment for around $100. PETCO's $1/gallon sale is awesome.

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I have a drilled 45 tall you can have if you come get it. It has a basic 2x4 stand. Tank is in good shape. Just needs to be cleaned. Its 3'L x 2'H x 1'W.

Drilled 1" and 3/4" for a glass holes nano overflow.

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Jr,

Bro. Stay with freshwater tank. I'm a very green into this hobby, saltwater; only reason I doing saltwater is a very good friend relocated outer state and gave me everything that he got. Then, Hurricane Isaac killed 95% of the livestocks. We are in the same boat, struggling family and living paycheck to paycheck. I'm working 3 jobs trying make ends meet. My kids asked for a puppy; my wife and I know that we can't afford to feed another mouth. Therefore, a friend gave us his entire tank; all his equipments are old and most them doesn't work. I had replaced 85% of his equipments got them from Cariglist and Ebay. So far, I had spend over $1200; my tank only got live rocks and fishes. Man! Just fishes cost an arm and a leg; Little Nemo cost $25 and Tang cost $50. To get the money for my tank, I already sold my beloved Kimble 1911 to update lights, RODI water system and chemicals.

Now, my kids fell in love with the tank and I need to finish it for them. In my opinion, check with Pet Co; not Wal-Mart or Craiglist for complete set. This set come with gravels (rocks), lights and filters. I done my homework few months back. You would get a better deal. You take care and good luck.

Semper Fi. Tai

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I have a drilled 45 tall you can have if you come get it. It has a basic 2x4 stand. Tank is in good shape. Just needs to be cleaned. Its 3'L x 2'H x 1'W.

Drilled 1" and 3/4" for a glass holes nano overflow.

Awesome, Logan! He should be able to cap off those holes with a couple bulkheads and be good to go!

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I have a drilled 45 tall you can have if you come get it. It has a basic 2x4 stand. Tank is in good shape. Just needs to be cleaned. Its 3'L x 2'H x 1'W.

Drilled 1" and 3/4" for a glass holes nano overflow.

WOW really, that would be great!!! Allow me to spend alittle more money on other stuff for the tank!!!!

I have to ask when you say drilled I am assuming you are talking about 2 holes on either side bottom side of the tank.

And if my internet searching as proven fruitful those holes would be for a cansiter filter or for a sump pump if I had some sort of tank filter system going?????

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Unfortunatly the 45 is gone. I will however have a drilled 55 available after this weekend that you can have. I dont have a stand for it though.

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Unfortunatly the 45 is gone. I will however have a drilled 55 available after this weekend that you can have. I dont have a stand for it though.

Again that would be awesome

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