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Old 10-27-2014, 08:11 PM   #1
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Poll: Marineland 29, aqueon 36 bow, custom or other?

Doing research on what is the best inexpensive tank build to purchase for a smaller community tank. I have looked at the Marineland 29 gallon kit, the aqueon 36 gallon bow front, or putting my own 29 together piecemeal. I have about $150 to spend, so depending on the kit, I may have some room to upgrade a kit if needed.

If I go with a custom build, I was looking at the following equipment:
29 gallon tank
Aqua clear 50 power filter
Aqueon 100 pro heater
Marineland day/night LED hood
(Pretty basic stuff)

So, shout out your opinions! Thanks!!
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:42 PM   #2
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I have the TopFin 29 gal kit. Only thing I have replaced is the light bulb, light ballast, thermo, and heater (after 2 years). I upgraded the thermo so I didn't have to use the strip one it came with.

I know it isn't one you mentioned, but it maybe a good option.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:52 AM   #3
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I have the TopFin 29 gal kit. Only thing I have replaced is the light bulb, light ballast, thermo, and heater (after 2 years). I upgraded the thermo so I didn't have to use the strip one it came with.

I know it isn't one you mentioned, but it maybe a good option.
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Basicaly you bought a kit and had to replace everything lol.. Doesn't sound like a good deal to me.. I have 20 year old fish tanks that have the original equipment and still work..

Top fin is a good brand though so im a bit surprised..

I wouldn't get get the Aqua clear filter... look up reviews of those things.. they lose power over time.. something with the impellers on those filters.. Plus there expensive... If you want a good filter and a quiet filter.. I would get a Top fin Internal Filter.. the 40g version.. I am slowely replacing all my HOB filters with these internal filters... they suck up debris just as good as normal filters with those tubes that go in the water and they are much quieter... by far much quieter.. and they act as a power head too..

Look it up on petsmart... top fin internal filter.. I have the 10-20 and 40 version all are quiet.. The only problem I can see with them is you don't have the space HOB filters have to put something inside.. The 40g version does but not the 10 or 20g one

http://www.petsmart.com/fish/filters...6-catid-300088
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The original light and ballast lasted almost 2 years of being on for 12 hours a day. For a kit i didn't have to replace everything right away

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Yea my lights are on 12 hours a day as well and for 15-22 years on my Hex and 30g... My Tank came with a kit as well.. a Marineland filter, and some no name T8 light fixture.. which im still using... 2 years is absolute crap.. Im not hitting on you.. just saying 2 years 1 by 1 is pretty sucky.. Very POOR quality
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Doing research on what is the best inexpensive tank build to purchase for a smaller community tank. I have looked at the Marineland 29 gallon kit, the aqueon 36 gallon bow front, or putting my own 29 together piecemeal. I have about $150 to spend, so depending on the kit, I may have some room to upgrade a kit if needed.



If I go with a custom build, I was looking at the following equipment:

29 gallon tank

Aqua clear 50 power filter

Aqueon 100 pro heater

Marineland day/night LED hood

(Pretty basic stuff)



So, shout out your opinions! Thanks!!

For $150 you can get yourself a good used setup with quality components. I don't know why anyone buys new tanks, but I'm glad that they do because that allows me to buy used for a third the cost. For $150 you can get a 55, which I would suggest.
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For $150 you can get yourself a good used setup with quality components. I don't know why anyone buys new tanks, but I'm glad that they do because that allows me to buy used for a third the cost. For $150 you can get a 55, which I would suggest.

Im going to agree with this man... If you get a 29g tank... what are you going to use for the stand ? Remember you need a stand too. And your not going to buy a new 29g tank and stand for $150 at a petstore.. youll spend like $250 for that.

I suggest going on craigslist, looking at used fish tanks.. I have bought 2 tanks on there.. I got my 55g which was only 3 years old.. with the stand, and the heater and a Penguin 350 biowheel filter and lights for $120.

I also a week ago bought a 44g Pentagon with stand, and glass top and a Quad Power Compact (like a T5HO) light with 2 heaters (broken filter) for $100.. The only thing is once you buy these tanks you just gatta clean them up a little. Use a bleach/water sdolution and scrub with a sponge.. but it saves you so much money..

New tanks are so overpriced
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For $150 you can get yourself a good used setup with quality components. I don't know why anyone buys new tanks, but I'm glad that they do because that allows me to buy used for a third the cost. For $150 you can get a 55, which I would suggest.
I have been looking for something used, but haven't found any deals like what you've mentioned yet. Maybe it is because I see they are asking about the same as what I would pay new, but in reality, it is nicer equipment?

I don't think that I have room for a 55. I don't need a stand either. I have a shelf/bar that I am going to put the tank on, so I don't have that expense

I'll look into the other filter. I'm new to researching tanks! Keep the opinions coming!
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Poll: Marineland 29, aqueon 36 bow, custom or other?

Sometimes you have to wait for a good deal to come along. But when you see one you have to act FAST!

Asking prices are just that - asking prices. No doubt there are a lot of people who think they can recoup the cost selling the tank, but the only way that's possible is if you buy used - you can sell a tank for the same price you bought it when you buy new. Sometimes more if you got a really good deal.

Buying used items is pure negotiation. If they are asking 200 that means they will take less. It's common to ask for more than you expect to sell it for. At 200, you can offer 100 and meet at 150. If they start at 150, you would offer less than 100 and settle on a price less than 150.


Some people give away crap equipment with a used tank, just to dump the stuff on someone. Other people sell their tank with the quality components they bought for the tank. Really depends on whether they are getting rid of the tank because they are getting out of the hobby or moving, or if they've just upgraded the tank.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:13 PM   #10
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Ok, I might have a line on a used tank. I think it is currently In use and housing fish. Do I need to clean it? How? Can I use the filter to seed my new tank?

What are the rules for using a used tank in a new setting? The fish and tank look pretty good in the pictures, but I am not taking the fish as they are not toddler fun fish.

Where is the "best" place to look at reviews of filters? I got the name of the filter I was going to get from a beginner article often quoted here on the board, but maybe the quality has declined since the article was written

Sorry about all my random questions. I've been feeling a little lost and confused by my new fish adventure!
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