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Old 11-13-2011, 09:05 AM   #11
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I have the same problem with a good friend of mine. Not with tanks but anything else. Always name brands and brand new. And can't afford it. The thing is we all know how addictive this hobby can get.

Since he's not really looking for new fish-stock, just a new tank, maybe think of a way of rescaping his current tank. Change the scenery a bit, new rock, plant or even substrate and hear what he says. A small change can make it look like new.
That's a great idea didn't think of that. Maybe a little change will do the trick.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:26 AM   #12
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Nothing wrong with getting a new tank, what's the issue?

I don't buy new tanks from pet stores because they are pretty expensive compared to the used ones on CL and the classifieds. People get out of this hobby all the time so there are always tanks for sale.

I paid $100 for my 125 tank and stand, and less than $200 for (12) 40b's, (2) 20Ls, and a handful of other little tanks.
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Nothing wrong with getting a new tank, what's the issue?

I don't buy new tanks from pet stores because they are pretty expensive compared to the used ones on CL and the classifieds. People get out of this hobby all the time so there are always tanks for sale.

I paid $100 for my 125 tank and stand, and less than $200 for (12) 40b's, (2) 20Ls, and a handful of other little tanks.
No issue really. Just wanna know if he's getting the right tank or his money worth as far as for the fish and added space. Like is it worth it? Going from a 48 BF to a 60 I guess you would call it tall? It's 48 long but 12 wide.
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sounds pretty much like a 55g tank, they are 48x12. Not much of an upgrade unless he wants a different style tank, or if this one is an addition rather than a replacement.
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sounds pretty much like a 55g tank, they are 48x12. Not much of an upgrade unless he wants a different style tank, or if this one is an addition rather than a replacement.
That's what I mean... No real upgrade so I'd rather him save money and maybe get a 75 or maybe just re do his tank and make it look nice. He fell in love with mine but I told him he can't go by me. I started all wrong. I'm just gonna offer my advice and support his decision.
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:37 PM   #16
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I personally think a bowfront is a lot more presentable than a regular. When it comes to scaping you have more dimensions to work with. With a regular its pretty much just the front view.
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I personally think a bowfront is a lot more presentable than a regular. When it comes to scaping you have more dimensions to work with. With a regular its pretty much just the front view.
That's exactly how my wife feels. She said I can get a 72-75 as long as its a bowfront. Just looks better in the living room.
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Best way to save $$$ on a tank set up is to build your own stand. You can make it rough, or as ornate as you want it. I find that the ones I build are cheaper and stronger.
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