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40breeder fish or reptile?

During the petco sale in Oct. my boyfriend grabbed a 55g and a 40breeder for me but can't remember if the 40 was in the reptile section or the fish section and I'm trying to figure out (just for fun) if the 40g could be an aquarium or if I should just move my gecko into it...
I looked online and couldn't find a list of their sizes or anything so I was wondering if anyone here know a good way to tell without testing it and seeing if it breaks everywhere. lol

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I have a reptile tank 40gal that specifically states all over it that it is for reptiles and not fish. I have a feeling that the glass might be a little thinner or the silicone seals aren't made as well. Does your 40 have a brace on the bottom beneath the bottom pane of glass?

You could always slowly fill what you think is the aquarium outside and see how it holds up. I would do that before testing it in the house.

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The pet store I worked at only sold 40 breeders for fish which we used for reptiles also. Other size tanks which were reptile only usually had dimensions that differed from fish tank, usually shallower. So what are the dimensions of the tank and thickness of the glass.
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There should be a label on the tank stating something about not for water or something like that. It's usually a separate label just like the QC (Quality Control) label. You should see this label on the bottom glass, in between the frame and glass. If you set the tank as normal, you should be able to see it from the top.

FYI, Petco usually sells 40 breeders for aquarium only. It maybe just placed in the reptile section just for space concerns.
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ONLY REPTILES, the glass is extremely thin and will not hold water
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FYI, Petco usually sells 40 breeders for aquarium only. It maybe just placed in the reptile section just for space concerns.
I agree. when I inquired during that $1/gal sale, that's exactly what I found out to be true, so unless the tank was specifically sold as a "critter cage" it's probably fish aquarium safe to use. It's just a 36x18" bottom is a more popular size for reptiles and rodents, then for fish, so they display it more in the reptile area.

I don't understand why you even bother asking us here. if you know when and where he bought it, just call the store, speak to the department manager, and get the answer that way. they won't sell two types of glass tanks with the same dimensions


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It's probably the aquatic version. I bought 2 of them during that sale.
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Ok, dimensions are 36x18x16"
There are no stickers on the bottom saying not for aquarium use, the big (AGA brand) sticker back says aquarium 90 times (but that could just be a generic sticker used on everything...)
It's quite heavy which is why I thought, originally, that it might not be a reptile tank, the glass seems thick.

I hate to say this but if I believed their customer service to be decent I would call and ask about the tanks but I really don't. Out of the maybe 6 up here in north county I've only had an experienced person to talk to twice, at two locations and it was the same person (they shift people around a lot, here at least) and I'm talking about the last 10 years...
In the past when I have called for anything other than wondering what was on the fish sales board I have been put on hold forever or transfered and never answered, I even applied to work in one a few years ago and the manager told me that I would be bad for business because I knew too much (than again it was the same location I was asked to leave from, for helping a father with a reptile question).

I know a bunch of people here work at Petcos all around the US and know their stuff and I'm really glad about that, it's nice to know that their are knowledgeable people working at places where they can help people out but my experiences have kind of put me off with Petco (and Petsmart too). I still go from time to time but for most my fish needs I go to my LFS... even there I don't always get the best info (unless I talk to the owner) and they seem to have new guys pretty often also.

Ok, sorry about that guys... little rant about calling. lol
By the way, I hate using the phone, it's almost a phobia of mine, and bad customer service really makes it worse (for instance, I will not call walmart, I've tried a few times and never get a good result so I give up!)

Sorry about the rambling.

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If the glass is 3/16" thick, that would be a good sign that it's mean for aquarium use. Most tanks of that size range use 3/16" glass. Though you should check the silicone seal as well. If it were me, I'd check those two things, then fill it up in a safe place just to be sure.

And don't pay attention to Spypet. He doesn't believe in posting questions, only in using the search function.
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It's for aquariums. I believe reptile AGA stickers are different looking also.
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Thanks everyone!
I'll probably just end up using it for my Leopard Gecko so I can use the tank she is in for a vivarium (used to be my fav. tank but the back cracked so no more aquarium use *sniffle*) because she doesn't really use the height of it anyway.
I was thinking for a second of using the 40 in my office instead of the 20g tall I have been planning on using, but I don't think I want that much water in here. hehe

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FYI, for reference...

Tanks designed specifically for reptiles should have a label similar to this...




As I stated above, the label is between the glass and bottom frame. The label can be seen looking down on the tank.
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Awesome! Thank you so much for doing that
My 40g is fish safe it seems

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FYI, for reference...

Tanks designed specifically for reptiles should have a label similar to this...




As I stated above, the label is between the glass and bottom frame. The label can be seen looking down on the tank.

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