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I'm really sick of the 10 gallon I started with a few months ago and want a bigger tank. After much research I know I want a tank with a good surface area... not those tall skinny jobs that are so popular. 36"x20"x20" would be perfect, and that would be roughly 60 gallons, about the most I want. I want room to keep a ropefish and a few african butterflies and a couple zebra plecos and various others. And of course room to create a nice aquascape.

So I look on Ebay sometimes and recently found this acrylic tank... only 39x14x17 and 38 gallons and scratched up but the price could be right and it's acrylic, which would be great; then I don't have to worry about my DIY stand not being perfectly level and flat! But being very knowledgeable about cameras/photography I see people getting ripped off on Ebay all the time and don't want to be a victim... does anybody see anything here I'm missing or is this a good deal??

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I don't think buying a used tank online would be wise. If you know and trust the seller..... maybe. If the price is extremely right, you could take a chance if your willing to accept the risk of recieving a potential dust collector.

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I agree with Marcel... you will have no joy with a scratched up tank. Also you mentioned your preference for a deeper tank... assuming 14" is the depth of the tank, that's better than 12", but still not a lot, compared to say 18 or 20".


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i suggest go to your lfs and buy a new tank, they only mark up tanks about %8 max, most will give you a tank at cost also if you purchase the accessories along with it.
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Don't buy used tanks. Especially, don't buy used tanks on-line.

The tank is the cheap part of the hobby but the consequences of a failure are huge. Don't cut corners on this.

I have a tank with a scratch in it, and its all I see when I look at it.
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acrylic tank scratches are easier to get out than on glass tanks. I know someone who's gotten a lot of wicked deals buying used tanks at garage sales. When getting one in the 30-40 gallon range, you might have to reseal it, but if the tank cost is like $20, it's a decent deal (though I'd talk em down to $10 or $15).

I've never bought anything off eBay....
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Well, somebody understood my line of thinking, lol. I am a big DIYer and would have been glad to take the time to get those scratches outta the acrylic. I was at a LFS recently where a guy was doing that very thing on a hex tank. He was *quite* friendly to me, so I'm sure if I'd gone back and asked him for advise he would have shown me how to get the tank cleaned up.

The tank went up to $48 with the $30 shipping... not worth it anyhow. But when I saw it it was at $15. My husband and I are saving to buy a home and I'm trying to spend as little money as possible. I'd love to get an acrylic tank but couldn't justify spending the money on a new one. I thought perhaps if I could get the acrylic cheap I'd build it (there's a plastics place nearby that sells left-over pieces and scratched pieces cheap), but was informed that one cannot put acrylic pieces together with aquarium adhesive but must instead use a heat-bonding process. Makes sense. I may still consider building it myself with glass because I want a 36x20x20 tank, which is not so common. I'll settle for 36x18x18 if I find a good deal. It's an 11 gallon difference, believe it or not.

Thanks for the advise. I am <i>not</i> now the proud owner of a 35 gal scratched acrylic tank via Ebay I'll keep looking.

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You can bound acrylic with an acrylic adhesive. If you look in the DIY section on here, you can find some information from people who've built their own acrylic tanks.

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