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Total newbie buying a tank

Postby Ton49 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:50 pm

I'm wanting to buy my dad a fish tank for tropical fish for xmas. I have had a bit of a look around and understand the bigger the better but is make also important? I have a budget of around £100 and have seen a few which I could buy such as: ... store-only)-78659 ... 03070.html ... 52533.html ... store-only)-36859

Obviously they are all within my budget but all different sizes, is it best just to go for the largest or is one a more reputable company (e.g. has a better filter or something).

Also what else would I need to purchase, I know I would need a background, gravel/sand (is there anything which is particularly better?), ornaments, plants, is there anything else I need for cleaning and maintaining the aquarium?

Also with the size of tank I'm looking at how many fish would I be looking to put in eventually?

Thanks in advance for any advice :)
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Re: Total newbie buying a tank

Postby Skysters » Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:26 pm

i myself bought a second hand one from ebay , most on ebay are reasonable priced but it mostly always asks u to collect , size is important if u buy certain fish that need the room to grow and move about , such as if ur wanting certain loaches in the tank , i.e clown loaches and the likes .. they need to be in a 4 foot tank or bigger as they can grow really big :)

if ur wanting just a wee community tank then again depending how many fish hes wanting will be affected by the size of the tank .. so a 4 foot tank which i have which is 200 litres could house about 60 fish if all fish were i inch fully grown ..if the fish ur intended on buying grow much bigger then a tank would house less..

the make of a tank really isnt much of a problem as long as its intact :) most on ebay will sell with everything included (some even with fish as mine was ) its a risk that everything will be in perfect order .. the lights ..filter and heater ..but most u will or can see everything working .. my 4 foot one cost me 90 pound , but since i replaced my heater and filter as i intended to do thus was too make sure i knew they were in all working order and i got a guarentee for the stuff i have ,

i also went for a tank that was still working with fish in so i could bring home as much water as i could to help my tank keep the cycle ..which with a new tank u would have to go thru this for nearly 4 weeks + to make sure its cycled well . and that the fish will be happy :)

but if ur wanting new ,,,,, then u will need a filter .heater .. lighting for the tank lid , air stone ( optional but good for oxygen unless ur filter gives u a option like mine does to have air bubbles ) you would need gravel for a decent layer also decorations for ur fish to be able to swim in and out of .specially someone for them to hidey a little .. , and you would only buy a cpl fish that can help to cycle ya tank for the first few week untill ya tank is established

your going to need tank treatment .. for ur tap water , be a good idea for u too read this

hope this helps ..this is my personal experience when wanting to buy my tank .... im also now seeking for a fully runned one smaller for a quarentine tank ebay has been used frequently .. :)

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Re: Total newbie buying a tank

Postby wilfy » Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:41 pm

i dont use petsathome,and never would,i would not buy any livestockfrom there eather,but thats just me.other peeps on this forum might feel the same.i say this as you have 2 www pets in ur list.skysters right ebay is a great place to get good ,tanks, filters, and decor ,for the aquarist, have a look. :cheeky: :cheeky: :cheeky: :wink:
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Re: Total newbie buying a tank

Postby Ton49 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:52 pm

Thanks second hand is a good idea although a little wary as it's a gift so would probably prefer to buy new but I'll consider it if I see a good one locally. To be honest I've also heard bad things about pets at home but I was hoping to buy from instore (to make sure I get everything I need!) and it's fairly local. I may end up buying online though as there is alot more choice!
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Re: Total newbie buying a tank

Postby Carylnz » Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:39 am

Nothing wrong with buying goods from shops considered "bad" but don't listen to advice or buy products you don't need! :wink:
A good tank has the most surface area so a long shorter tank tank is better than a shorter taller one.
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Re: Total newbie buying a tank

Postby Ton49 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:43 pm

Thanks are there any differences in which filter is better ect?
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Re: Total newbie buying a tank

Postby ralffr » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:41 am

you should check this likn first to get a fish tank
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Re: Total newbie buying a tank

Postby markee » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:46 pm

ralffr wrote:you should check this likn first to get a fish tank

I bought my 5ft tank from Seapets & would highly recommend them. My advice would be have a look in store & pick something you like, then compare the price online. The other thing with 'branded' tanks is the spares are easier to come by :wink:
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Re: Total newbie buying a tank

Postby Timshill » Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:27 pm

Check the Juwell website for their monthly offers, They usually have offers like buy the tank and get the cabinet free. I just got the Rio 240 for myself 2 weeks ago, Juwell's normal discount price was £430, i got it a little cheaper as my local shop did an extra discount down to £375.
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