Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Christiansburg, Va
need opinions about getting used tank...
What to do, what to do...
I have a friend at work whose son wants to give me his 90g tank & stand. I don't want the stand - I haven't seen it, but it's a home made "driftwood" (I think my friends might be confusing driftwood and barn wood?) style. Anyhow, she says it weighs a ton and takes two or more people to move it. The stand, not the tank and stand! lol She said if I didn't want the stand she would keep it to use as a plant stand on her porch. I like black open metal stands & could get one for $80 from my lfs.
Here's the thing. They told me I could have the tank last June. It never happened because they don't want to clean it out (they live a few hours away from me & I can't get there to do it for them). The son visits my friend often, and when they empty it he was going to bring it with him - he has a truck. So a few months ago we went through the same thing. But they never emptied it or brought it down.
The reason they don't want to empty it is because it's been set up for a few years - how many I don't know - and it's really, really filthy. My friend says it's been so dirty for years that they can't see the fish in it very well (yikes!) The fish are common plecos and maybe she said tinfoil barbs? Or silver dollars? I can't remember if it was anything but plecos, and they are huge. Apparently no one wants to clean it or change the water, etc. because it's messy, stinky, and nasty (her words, quoting the son). I feel so bad for those poor fish. It's thick with much & algae and stinks the whole house up.
What I'm wondering is if the silicone could be ruined by the water conditions? This is a big issue/worry with me. I'm not about to reseal a tank, even if it's free. I can buy a new 90 if I really want one for under $400, I imagine. I need to ask my lfs about that. Even free, it doesn't sound like a bargain anymore, or even appealing. It just sounds like work and worry (about the seams giving way and leaking down the road). I have an empty 55 and two new stands for 55s - I was thinking I might just set up the 55 I have and be done with it.
I figure I can always set up my 55, then take the free tank if & when they bring it down. If the silicone looks good I'll keep it, if not I'll put it on craigslist for a snake or something.
So, would you trust the silicone on what I've described? Or wait and just get a new tank later in the year if I still want a 90? Since the condition worries me, I am hoping folks will say "take the tank but don't use it!" lol that way I won't feel stupid for passing on it...