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Where to buy tanks for hatchery???

I am setting up a fish hatchery and looking for some online sites that have good prices on tanks. I am starting with 9 - 10g, 17 - 30g, 6 - 55g, and 2 - 180 gallon. If anyone can help that would be great. I checked with my lfs and they are working up some prices but wanted to see what else is out there.
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If you wait a little bit, PetCo usually does a $1/gallon sale, only good on 10-55 gallon tanks though, and I don't think 30s are part of it...

I don't think an online site will beat those prices


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Petco dollar per gallon deal is definitely your best bet. If for nothing else, you don't have to pay outrageous shipping to transport a bunch of tanks.
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If you're setting up a hatchery than couldn't you go buy like three hundred gallon water troughs from tractor supply for a fraction of the price and still provide perfectly good conditions for fish?


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If you're setting up a hatchery than couldn't you go buy like three hundred gallon water troughs from tractor supply for a fraction of the price and still provide perfectly good conditions for fish?
Yes but you wouldnt be able to keep your fish seperate such as a pair of discus. They dont need 300 gallons lol.
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If you wait a little bit, PetCo usually does a $1/gallon sale, only good on 10-55 gallon tanks though, and I don't think 30s are part of it...

I don't think an online site will beat those prices
When are they doing the sale?
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When are they doing the sale?
Not a clue, I'd say maybe in 2 months... keep an eye on your local PetCo flyer... plus I always post it on the forums as soon as I see the sale


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Check on craigslist and garage sales. If they are to be used for fish breeding then they don't have to be perfect or brand new they just have to hold water.

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Yes but you wouldnt be able to keep your fish seperate such as a pair of discus. They dont need 300 gallons lol.
I understand that but if the op is looking for tons of tanks then it seems he might need a cheap solution for grow-out.


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best thing to do is go all out on petco tank sale.
I pick up 6 40B during the sale and end up using 1.
have like 5 brand new 40B sitting.

a loc pet store near my house have a tank sale up to 75G.
$90 for brand new 75G, tank by aqueon, been sitting in their store for month now.
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More to the point, what sort of fish or plants are you going to try to produce? Are you doing this for fun or to make a profit? Also, does your fish room have to look great or do you just need something to hold water to grow out the livestock?

I've noticed a lot of people recommending Petco's $1 per gallon sales. There is nothing wrong with this, provided you want to spend the money for new equipment. However, if your doing this setup for making a profit, you want to keep money spent on equipment as low as possible. You may want to look around for used equipment or for items similar to the "three hundred gallon water troughs" mentioned above, but smaller.
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More to the point, what sort of fish or plants are you going to try to produce? Are you doing this for fun or to make a profit? Also, does your fish room have to look great or do you just need something to hold water to grow out the livestock?

I've noticed a lot of people recommending Petco's $1 per gallon sales. There is nothing wrong with this, provided you want to spend the money for new equipment. However, if your doing this setup for making a profit, you want to keep money spent on equipment as low as possible. You may want to look around for used equipment or for items similar to the "three hundred gallon water troughs" mentioned above, but smaller.
Doing this for profit. Plan on starting with discus ( cause i already have a breeding pair) angels, rams, cpd's, and oscars. I would like to keep it niceas possible.
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I've never tried breeding any fish for profit. I have known a few people that did. Most of them worked with smaller fish, compared with what your considering. I will say that they were in a constant race to get the fish eggs hatched and the fry up to selling size as fast as possible. Usually this meant large tanks, and when ever possible, live foods.

Years ago, many used refrigerator liners, but usable ones came only from very old refrigerators. The stuff used today is plastic and not suitable.

You might consider constructing indoor ponds using pond liner material. I've seen that done, but have no idea what it costs. I wish I could help you more on this.
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Walmart for 10 gallons. 55 gallons are useless for hatcheries(and pretty much everything else).

I am using Rubbermaid stock tanks for everything. They come from 40-300 gallons. I love them.

You will NEVER make money breeding fish like oscars. You cannot compete with fish farms. I'm dead serious.

Breeding discus is going to require a lot more work on large scale than people think. The whole goal when trying to make money is to pump them out as fast as possible.

If I could make one recommendation to someone trying to get into it for profit is to stick with ONE type(discus, angels or the like) and only that one. Dedicate all you can to it. Starting with one pare of anything is asking for trouble.
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Well like i said earlier my dad did this years ago and made very good money specifically on africans and a little on discus. We have perfect water conditions here for south american fish so thats what we are going to mainly focus on. It is for profit but more of a hobby than anything else. I dont understand why 55s are usless.
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