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What NOT to Buy

We have all done it, picked up a product or material we thought was gonna work great only to get home and realize, "this is a peice of junk".

Well, please, share your mistakes here in an effort to prevent the same by others. (particularly impulse buyers like me)

My most recent, a glass cleaner that wasn't a mag-float. I should have known to spend the extra $3, but no, I thought to myself,"its just a magnet with some felt pads attached to them". The thing is terrible, the felt is cheap and already tearing off and the fact that it falls to the bottom and disturbs substrate/picks some up in the pad is way more annoying than I anticipated.

Anyone else waste some of thier hard earned money recently?


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Aquarium gravel. The amount I saved over getting eco-complete wasn't worth it.

Also an electric gravel vacuum. It takes my fish at least a day to overcome the stress of my trying to use it and if it gets too close to the edge of the tank water spills out and rocks keep getting sucked up into it and I have to stop and I don't think it even makes that much of a difference in tank cleanliness.


This is a good idea for a thread.
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Hope you get the answers you're looking for before the mods shut this down. Giving honest (negative) opinions about products/brands/manufacturers is frowned upon on this forum for some reason.

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Giving honest (negative) opinions about products/brands/manufacturers is frowned upon on this forum for some reason.
Wow. Now there's a lot of positivity spilling from you. Happy New Year.

Vendor reviews are not allowed for some good reasons, which have been explained to you repeatedly.

Back to the topic on hand.


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Plastic check valves. Don't do it, EVER.
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Used filters. Just spend the extra money to get a new one.
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Traveling about 60 miles to get a 55g gallon that was pristine (on CL), getting there, and not checking the light fixture (t5ho, with moonlights, and oh! It would have been perfect, had the whole thing not been corroded beyond repair), finding out that the stand was actually particle board, and not wood, like she told me, and oh, paying the entire 150$. I found out about the lights when I got home.

Moral: Be an informed person, and don't ignore the red flags you get about something.

I've also done the floating magnet thing.

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I pretty sure as long as we don't mention names it should stay within the TOS.

I've bought one those plastic ring food holder thingy. It's suppose to stick to the side and float so that the flakes stays within the area but of course some pieces sink once wet. It was a mess.

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I bought a long squeeze trimmer with interchangeable ends. The scissor ends would lock up on a plant and wouldn't open up. I had to uproot the plant to get the thing open.
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A friend told me an integrated hood was the way to go. Filter and lighting were part of the hood itself, which meant that neither could be upgraded without removing both. Additionally, in order to get into the tank to do any maintenence, the hood folded open ...and the light would then be pointed up and away from the tank. And in an otherwise dark room, that made things interesting. A hundred bucks for a learning experience.
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Duckweed.

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you bought duckweed?

I thought they were complimentary with every purchase of aquatic plants. That's how I got my duckweed.


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duckweed.
+1,000,000!
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I thought they were complimentary with every purchase of aquatic plants. That's how I got my duckweed.
Me too.

I too regret buying a magnet algae cleaner.... I got the one from Walmart. The felt is bumpy now, hard to describe, like not even layer...
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