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Old 11-27-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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Looking for the cheapest 10 gallon setup

I want to buy several 10 gallon tanks for breeding, fry, and QT tanks. I've estimated that a Top Fin 10 gallon hood light combo with AquaClear 30 filter, gravel, plants, etc. will cost about $100. Is there a cheaper route?

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Old 11-27-2013, 10:39 PM   #2
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Try craigslist. I got a butt load of lights, heaters, filters, 6 ten g tanks, 1 20 long, and an acrylic hexagon tank for $100. Also gravel, books, etc. and some 40g fiberglass grow out tubs. Pretty much a whole fish room. Oh, and a metal stand.
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:52 PM   #3
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Try craigslist. I got a butt load of lights, heaters, filters, 6 ten g tanks, 1 20 long, and an acrylic hexagon tank for $100. Also gravel, books, etc. and some 40g fiberglass grow out tubs. Pretty much a whole fish room. Oh, and a metal stand.
I check there periodically but it's sometimes hard to find deals in my area.
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I check there periodically but it's sometimes hard to find deals in my area.
Same here, just gotta keep looking. Maybe join a fish club.
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Wait for a $1 a gallon sales on new tank, use pool filter sand for substrate, sponge filters. Build your own racks and get Home Depot strip lights to span multiple tanks. Use some river rocks for decoration.

Craigslist is good if someone is getting rid of a lot of stuff, if you have time to watch for a good deal.
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Wait for a $1 a gallon sales on new tank, use pool filter sand for substrate, sponge filters. Build your own racks and get Home Depot strip lights to span multiple tanks. Use some river rocks for decoration.

Craigslist is good if someone is getting rid of a lot of stuff, if you have time to watch for a good deal.
I've been trying to find out when the $1 per gallon sales are gonna be, I have both a petco and petsmart available. Pfs is what I already had in mind, or black blasting sand. As far as a filter goes, even though I want cheap I'm hooked on aquaclear. I've been wondering what I'd do for a hood and light, I didn't think of Home Depot strips.

I still don't know if I wanna put my money into some 10 gals or a nice, big 75 gallon setup.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:49 PM   #7
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As far as lights, a dome reflector and a cfl or two would be pretty cheap and effective.
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As far as lights, a dome reflector and a cfl or two would be pretty cheap and effective.
I have no idea what those are. Could you explain?
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Dome reflectors are just those clip on work light things. Here's a pic I pulled off the internet:


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I would look for the daylight bulbs, either the 13 watt or the 26 watt. You could either put a reflector on each end with a 13 watt bulb in it or one reflector in the middle with a 26 watt. The daylight bulbs are good for planted tanks, but if you don't want to plant the tanks then any color temperature would work.
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:23 AM   #10
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The Walmart around me sales 10 gallon tanks for around 14 bucks, then they have a kit with a filter that is around 40 I think. It has a hood, lights, small filter.

I almost never run hoods on my tanks, instead I use egg crate or just leave it open depending on the fish. So, depending on the fish you are breeding I would choose between those, then both suggestions for lighting are good that are posted above me. They are mostly just for you to see the fish so it doesn't have to be anything fancy. While the Aquaclears are imo one of the best HOB filters out there you'll have to be very careful using one with fry, it'll suck them right up. I'd use some sort of sponge filter. I would also suggest on not skimping for a cheap heater.

As others have stated, Craigslist is an excellent source. I've gotten some great deals off there, and have actually never had a problem with any of the tanks I've received. Of course the heaters and accessories are another story, but that's not why I bought the tank.
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