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Old 03-10-2014, 11:17 AM   #1
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Opinions on buying used tank

I found what I think is a decent deal on craigslist and I need to know your opinions.
-55g tank with overflow
-30g sump
-custom built stand (nothing crazy nice but it works)
-protein skimmer (didnt say brand,but it looks cheap and I cant seem to identify it in comparison to others online)
-2x koralia powerheads (dont know which ones)
-300 watt heater
-mag5 return pump

He wants $250 for that.

He said he can keep it up and running with water so I can make sure it all works and does not leak. That in general seems like a decent deal, even if the protein skimmer is crap. I wanted a 40 breeder, but didn't want to drill and I think I can deal with the smaller footprint.

In addition, he also has an LED light for it. It's described as 48x3 watt light with two ballasts and he will give it to me for $150. All I know is his description. From what I can tell it looks very blue from pictures but he didn't list the brand or anything. From the pictures of his tank he was growing at least lps under it. Hard to tell how well it was going because resolution was bad, but it looked to work. If the light isnt powerful enough could I just supplement with more LED later on or mix with t5ho?

I am looking at it today. I want to know your opinions on whether or not to get the light and in general if its a good deal. I know this may be tough as you have such little information on the light and such.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:28 AM   #2
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As far as the tank and sump go it sounds decent. I will say if your willing to wait your better off getting a 75 gallon as the 55 is only 12" front to back which is a bit tight for doing your rockscape and the 75 is 18". That extra 6" is a big difference. As far as the LEDs go if they are radion or AI sol then $150 is worth it, if they are cheap no names it may be best to pass depending on a couple things. If they are taotronics dimmable and it is 2 pendants, worth it. If they are pharos with 2 pendants also worth it. If they are any other brand they may not be worth buying, do a quick google search and post here to find out more about them.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:37 AM   #3
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Taos are 55x3 watts. So it's not them. 2 ballasts im confused by that since LEDS have no ballasts. At least none I've dealt with. How much live rock does it come with. Can you post the Craigslist posting.
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By ballasts maybe he is referring to the power pack/transformers. Could be a razor but I doubt it, only led I know of with a remote ballast. If it is razors then it's worth it.
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complete 55 gallon reef ready saltwater aquarium with led lighting
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No LR or fish or corals. Just the setup. He upgraded to a 120 or 130 or something along those lines.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:59 AM   #7
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It's not a bad set up. I'd try and talk him some if you can. Skimmer looks small
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:03 PM   #8
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Yeah I am probably going to replace the skimmer, but I figure it would give me something to start with. I asked him about the lights. If I get a response before I meet him at 4 I will post it here. Thanks for your help!
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:05 PM   #9
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I found a decent skimmer on Craigslist for it
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:06 PM   #10
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I know nothing about skimmers. Any information you could share about decent skimmers for a 55g would be great.
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