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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-28-2010, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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29-Gallon Biocube (4-years old)

I just found a really good deal on a 4 year old Biocube. The current owner has been using it as a marine (saltwater) aquarium. It looks like this and includes the stand: http://www.petco.com/product/106685/...t=OnSiteSearch


How much has the design changed in the last 4-years? Apparently, there's a little coraline algae on the plastic parts. Can it be removed? Is there anything else I should ask about or check when picking it up?

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All I have to say is that your lucky to get a good deal. I live in michigan and I want the same tank, but no one around here has nice marine tanks there getting rid of. They are always just your regular glass rectangle fish tank.
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Thanks jmowbray. All I can say is keep your eye on craigslist. We were getting ready to purchase a new 8 or 12 gallon Biocube because we couldn't afford the 29 and this morning somebody listed one with a stand.
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By the way, how long do the lights, fans, and ballast last on these things? Also, the owner says there's a small crack in the hood. Where can I purchase a replacement hood, if needed?
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Sorry kcrossley.

To get a new hood I would send an e-mail to Oceanic and ask them. As for the light, fans, etc. They will all last different times. I have had some lights last for a year, some shorter. But you should replace the lights about every 1 1/2 to 2 years. The gas in the bulbs start to go bad, then your just looking at a really pretty light that is still driving you electric bill up, and is doing nothing for your plants. Same thing with the ballast. Ballast might not last to long if they are exposed to the water. Therefore, make sure something is separating them from the water with glass or something.
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No worries. I ended up getting the tank and my wife and I are in the process of setting it up now. Here's the thread: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...e-journal.html

Thanks for your help.
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