I am currently wanting to upgrade to a larger tank and was thinking about getting a 55 gallon kit. I have read all of the problems with the equipment that comes with these kits but hear me out and tell me what you think...
I currently have a 29 gallon FW
set-up with a Penguin 350 dual biowheel filter. I know the filters that come in the kits are usually the bare minimum but I was thinking that I could use the filter I currently have on my 29 and use the filter in the kit for the 29. Good idea?
Another common complaint with the kits the lighting. I don't really want to have a planted tank so I don't think that should be a problem but I would like to know what you think. I basically want to set up a nice african cichlid tank with little to no plants (I'm not opposed to artificial...lazy I know).
Basically my biggest concern is if it would be cost effective... I have been scouring craigslist for set ups and haven't really seen anything considerably cheaper without needing just as much upgrades and a lot of cleaning (usually $125-150).
This tank probably won't see fish for at least a month or two but I'm an impatient enthusiast and would rather have it happen as soon as possible. Thanks, I appreciate your input...
P.S. I already have a pretty nice stand in storage that I got free from a friend