Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-30-2006, 11:23 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 4
AquaCulture 55 gal. aquarium

Me and my wife are wanting to buy this aquarium set:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=3363264

I was wanting to know if it is a good aquarium for a beginner, and if that price is decent for what you get.

thanks,
jason
__________________

__________________
manbearpig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2006, 12:47 AM   #2
src
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 476
In my opinion, you are better off buying the pieces individually. The kits usually come with a very cheap (read "not very good") set of accessories. Any money you save now will be spent later replacing the cheap junk with something decent.

For one thing, get a good filter, such as an Aquaclear. The "cartridge" filters leave you throwing away your good bacterial culture every time you need a fresh filter.
__________________

__________________
src is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2006, 01:15 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 4
I called our local petsmart, about 45 mi. away, it's the only pet store within a 50 mile radius, and they have 55 gallon tanks, with the hood and lights for $120. could I get a good filter and heater for $40?

is this the filter you speak of?

Filter

Heater

I figure 2 of these since the aquarium is 4 feet long, one at each end, or do you suggest just one at one end or in the middle?:

Bubble stones

and I can get an air pump at wal-mart with 2 outlets and 2 check valves for $10

of the things listed, is this a good start?

also, how long should I let a tank this size run before I add the fish to it?
__________________
manbearpig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2006, 10:49 AM   #4
src
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 476
I never said you could replicate the setup for less money, but you could pay a little more and end up with vastly better equipment. The filter and heater you linked to are both very good choices.

When shopping at PetSmart, take printouts of the online store's prices with you. In-store pricing is much higher, but they _usually_ will match their online prices.

As for how to start the tank, go to the "Getting Started" forum and look at the information on "fishless cycle".
__________________
src is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
55 gallon

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sach's Aquaculture (for native species) JohnPaul General Retailers 1 08-22-2008 07:55 PM
Pacific East Aquaculture OniTweak General Retailers 6 08-19-2008 10:08 PM
Aquaculture career? Blucat Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 03-09-2005 05:48 PM
Aquaculture coral westiferus Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 11-29-2004 11:59 AM
Another aquarium/aquaculture site diverdown69 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 10-02-2004 11:15 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.