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Old 03-03-2005, 11:35 PM   #1
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a good deal?

Hello all,

I've been a lurker here for a few months now, and I appreciate all the wonderful advice y'all have provided me as a 2-month newb to this rewarding hobby.

I've been setting up a new freshwater tank ever couple of weeks it seems like, and now I'm itching to graduate to saltwater.

There's an ad in the classifieds for a 280 gallon walk-around acrylic aquarium (60 x 30 x 36) with a reef system and live rock for $3,000

Strangely enough, the guy didn't seem to remember his brand names but sounded honest...it included a protein skimmer, metal halide lights, an RODI system, a calcium reactor, and all the other accessories he's accumulated in the last 2 years.

He has a red + rose anemone I think he says as well as a few damsels. I'm not really sure about prices and brands, so I wanted to throw it out to y'all to see if you thought it was worth it. Oh yes, I should probably invest in a few good books + READ before I shell out the cash, is that true?

TIA for any advice.
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It's probably worth what he's asking, but I'd think hard about it. Acrylic scratches easily. If I read your post correctly, this is a 36" deep tank? That depth is going to present some maintenance problems. I would get a complete list of everything that comes with it including brands and model #'s. We can tell you, on most things, if it's good equipment or junk.
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Old 03-04-2005, 12:25 AM   #3
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Thanks 4 the advice...I guess I'm just impatient to start with advanced cool-looking reef systems, and I'd rather get a lot of advanced 2ndhand stuff than buy basic equipment brand new. Perhaps I should wait + build up from FO...those anemones will probably die on me anyways with my inexperience with saltwater. Thanks for bringing me back down to earth =)
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10 gallon FW - 3 feeder goldies
10 gallon FW - 6 guppies, 2 ADFrogs, ghost shrimp
20 gallon FW - 4 yoyo loaches, 3 clown loaches, 2 tadpoles
29 gallon Planted w/ Anacharis, Hornwort, some kinda grass
4 zebra danios, 4 emerald cory cats, 3 white clouds, 1 otocinclus, 1 gold apple snail, ghost shrimp
55 gallon - 5 tiger barbs, 3 silver tetras, 2 serpae tetras, 1 bala shark (needs a friend!), 1 red-tailed shark, 1 Kribensis

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Old 03-04-2005, 10:03 AM   #4
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Sounds like a good deal, but as logan said, be leary. hte tank may already contain a lot of scratches. Dod hesay why he was going to sell the tank? If you really want it, offer $2000, I would not go above $2500. What type of filtration? Any LR? What type of substrate?
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