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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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low cost cube around 4g for shrimp only

Im looking at purchasing a low cost cube. Im wondering if anybody has any ideas of a low cost solution. Yes an ADA or EcoPico would be cool but im looking around the $20.00 range.

If I cant find any in that range i will prob build one. I can do this for like $10.00 but something this small gets pretty difficult to silicone.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 05:07 PM
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Deep Blue makes some nice smaller tanks. They are fairly inexpensive, depending on where you go. I think I have the B40 or B4 or something like that. it's a rimless tank.
I just ran the calculations for building a four gallon tank, and this looks like it is 4 gallons. It doesn't look big enough for four gallons, but apparently it is. It should be less than $30. They also make a small filter that works decent of you throttle it way down. It's a bit loud for my preferences, but it's in my bedroom and I thing the dresser amplifies the sound.
Why not go with acrylic if you are building it yourself? 9.75" per side.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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something that size would require a minimum of 1/4 acrylic and that starts to add up.

Acrylic is normally much more expensive than glass. At least around here.

I built a 12" cube nano reef for $20.00 using glass from a local shop

Ill take a look at Deep blue. Thanks for the tip
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Do!Aqua 3 gal. Cube, 10x10x10, $49.95 (ADGshop)
Mr. Aqua 3 gal. Bowfront, 12x7x8, $26.99 (Marine Depot)
Mr. Aqua 7.5 gal. Cube, 12x12x12, $49.99 (Marine Depot)
Aqueon Evole 4 gal., 10.5x10.5x11.5 $50 to $60 (Petsmart or Petco) (Includes light and filter)
Fuval Spec 2 gal., 7.25x9.25x10, $50 to $70 (Petsmart or Petco) (Includes light and filter)
TruAqua Bowfront 3.5 gal., 12x8x8, $25.99 (TruAqua)

There is others, but price maybe more than you want. GLA, Penn Plax Radius 3.5 gal., and Finnex (seems out of stock).

26 Gallon Aqueon Bowfront

Mr.Aqua 7.5 Gallon Cube
2.5 Gallon Aqueon Bowfront
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Well what the heck. Ran to Walmart and found a tetra 3 gal led cube kit for $29. The price was good. Not sure about the led that came with it but I will toss the cover stand and filter. The cube is perfect.
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Thank you for the info, I was looking into the same for a little tank in the kitchen. I have a cool piece of wood that work work perfectly in a small cube.
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