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Old 02-24-2007, 12:22 PM   #1
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Results of search for low cost aquariums

Here's what I found below $4/gal. Anyone know of any better sources? For aquariums over 36" long, the cost includes $140 shipping. For petsmart, the cost includes 5% tax.


Gal Cost Cost/gal Source Acr Dims (Outer) Other
10 $8 $0.80 Petsmart N 20x10.5x12 1/4/07 sale
10 $10 $1.00 Petsmart N 20x10.5x12 1/4/07 sale
10 $11 $1.10 Petsmart N 20x10.5x12 Plain
20 $28 $1.40 Petsmart N Special Negot Price
20 $29 $1.45 Petsmart N Plain
29 $51 $1.76 PetCo N TBD Sale
55 $104 $1.89 PetCo N 48x13x20 Sale
20 $38 $1.90 PetCo N TBD Sale
55 $113 $2.05 GlassCages N 48x12.5x21 Est shp@$25+.5/gal
55 $126 $2.29 Petsmart N 48x12x20.5 w 2 Eclipse 18" hoods w bulbs
40 $94 $2.35 PetCo N 36x18x16 Sale
29 $73 $2.52 GlassCages N 30x12.5x17 Est shp@$25+.5/gal
120 $316 $2.63 PetSmart N 60x26x18 Black w 2 Eclipse hoods w bulbs sale
29 $77 $2.66 Petsmart N 24x12x19 Hood&blb
125 $346 $2.77 Petsmart N 48x25x24.75 Too wide
75 $210 $2.80 Petsmart N 48x18x21 w hood&lite
55 $158 $2.87 Petsmart N 48x13x21
33 $95 $2.88 GlassCages N 35x18x13 Special. 1.5" hole in bottom
120 $346 $2.88 PetSmart N 60x26x18 Black w 2 Eclipse hoods w bulbs
10 $29 $2.90 Petsmart N 20x10.5x12 Cheap incand hood no bulb
20 $58 $2.90 Petsmart N Hood, filt, net, food
81 $240 $2.96 BstPetSup Y 28x15x24
135 $410 $3.04 GlassCages N 72x18x24 Est shipping
20 $61 $3.05 GlassCages N 24x12.5x17 Est shp@$25+.5/gal
28 $89 $3.18 Petsmart N 24x12x19 Eclipse w bulbs
300 $990 $3.30 GlassCages N 96x24x31 Est shipping
75 $260 $3.47 GlassCages N 48x18x21
75 $260 $3.47 GlassCages N 60x12.5x25 Special
150 $525 $3.50 Petsmart N 48x24x30 Oak w 2 Eclipse hoods w bulbs 2tall?
120 $440 $3.67 GlassCages N 48x24x25
10 $37 $3.70 Petsmart N 20x10.5x12 Kit 1 - Hood w incand blbs, ext filt, etc.
28 $105 $3.75 Petsmart N 24x12x19 Kit 2 - Canopy, 24" strplght, bulb, etc.
28 $105 $3.75 Petsmart Stand Stand
36 $136 $3.78 PetCo N Sale ends 11/1 CASCO says 48x24x30
100 $380 $3.80 GlassCages N 72x18x17
240 $940 $3.92 GlassCages Y 96x24x24 Est shipping
15 $59 $3.93 GlassCages N 20x10x17 Est shp@$25+.5/gal
20 $79 $3.95 Petsmart N 24x13x17 w internal filt
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Old 02-24-2007, 12:29 PM   #2
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what exactly are you looking for?
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Old 02-24-2007, 12:49 PM   #3
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1. A glass tank. I spent too much on a 72 gal acrylic bowfront
2. Tanks big enough for a small ecosystem, but small enough to have space in the house for several fry tanks. I have concluded that 5 gal is too small, 10 gal is borderline, and 20 gal is enough. I'm intrigued by the 15 gal high form factor right now. I don't have any, but it looks promising.
3. A huge fabulous show tank >72 gal, but not so heavy it will crash through the floor.
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Old 02-26-2007, 03:10 PM   #4
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Get one used, check craigslist, PennySaver, your local paper, e-bay. This larger than your looking for but there is a 240gal tank with stand, hood, filters, pumps, for $500 on Sacramento Craigslist.
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I have a 72g bow but mine is glass. I have found that shapes other then square/rectangle are more expensive. When you start getting into tanks larger then 75g you are looking at a LOT more weight! I guess it depends on where in the house you are planning on putting the tank as to how large you can go.
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Old 02-26-2007, 03:27 PM   #6
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Also Acrylic tends to cost more than glass tanks of similar size.
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Old 02-27-2007, 01:39 PM   #7
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I checked craigslist in my area. There were lots of adds by people selling specially fixed up tanks they wanted a mint for. There were a few adds by people selling old stuff like metal framed tanks. Not much in between.
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itafx - Keep checking it, do a search for fish tanks, fishtank, fishtanks, aquariums, aquariums in the for sale area. You'll find a decent tank for a great price, and snatch it up before someelse does.
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Old 02-27-2007, 06:46 PM   #10
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Another source of inexpensive tanks and equipment is aquarium society auctions (some of it brand new). At our big auction in November, A 55 with glass tops, wrought iron stand, and light went for $29.00. The sad reality is that people can ask whatever they want for used equipment, but rarely get it. There is a high turnover rate in this hobby, and used equipment is always available. If I'm buying new, I wait for boxing week,when Big Al's sells brand new 55s for $60 and 75s for $90. That is in Canadian dollars, for tanks manufactured in the US (Marineland or AGA).
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