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Old 01-04-2016, 11:07 AM   #1
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Using an old 55 gallon tank?

When I was shopping around for a stand for my 55 gallon aquarium kit, I ended up buying two different ones on craigslist. One of them I had to add a board to it so the tank could sit on it because the tank was half an inch too long for the stand but it is the one I'm using for my aquarium.

The other stand though came with a free tank. The tank has been sitting in a barn for a few years and really dirty. It is obviously an older tank (55 gallon I believe). I have it sitting in my garage right now while I clean it up. I've had it full of water/white vinegar mix for the last 24 hours and there has been no sign of leaking.

My questions are:

First, can I use this tank (after proper cycling of course)? Or is it too much of a gamble to use after all this time?

And second, where do I find a hood/light for this tank? It doesn't have the bar in the middle of the tank like my new 55 gallon does so all of the hoods I've seen so far would just fall in. Or would I have to have something custom made for it?

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Old 01-04-2016, 11:42 AM   #2
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#1 If you have cleaned the tank with vinegar I'd say your good to use it.

#2 I think you would have to use a 48" light fixture and go open top.

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#1 If you have cleaned the tank with vinegar I'd say your good to use it.

#2 I think you would have to use a 48" light fixture and go open top.

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If I go open top, would I have to have a lower water level to prevent fish from jumping out? What kind of filter would be best to use when doing a lowered water level? I'm assuming the kind I'm most familiar with, the over the back of the aquarium models, would not work if the water level is too low.
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Just get a glass top for it and then get the type of light that sits on top of the glass. The glass tops come with a hinge in the middle, and fit on the inside lip of the trim. then it has a plastic piece that slides in the back and can be cut to fit the tubings and cords. Alison
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