Advise on tank purchase.

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    cmejio

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    Hi, I am looking to buy a new tank to start my own aquarium. I found this one for $350. I was wondering if this is a good buy and if I would be missing anything essential.

    45 gallon glass tank w/cherry hardwood stand
    20 gallon acrylic sump
    Eheim 1260 return pump
    Lifereef overflow with silencer
    Coralife high output T5 dual lamp
    Custom Aqueon glass top
    45 pounds of rock covered in coraline algae
    Custom black painted backdrop
    Aqueon pro heater
    Custom schedule 80 hard plumbing
    Carbon and GFO reactors from bulkreef supply
    Maxijet 1200 pump
    Refractometer


    Have a Vortech MP10 controllable fan and an SWC 120 cone protein skimmer as well.

    Also have all the supplies for water changes, including 2 five gallon buckets, additional pumps and hoses,
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    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Assuming everything is in good working condition, I would grab it at that price. Only thing I would worry about is what condition the LR is in, did the previous owner have problems with pest anemones, parasites or algae. But I would still get it there's more than $350 invested in that setup
     
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    +1, even if you have to toss the rock. I would look at better lighting if you want corals down the road, but it would do fine with just fish. And you won't want a glass top, it traps heat and hinders gas exchange.
     
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    I would buy that today if everything looked in working order.
     
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    Thank you for the responses. I contacted the seller and the fan and protein skimmer are sold separately for an additional $300. Is that very essential? If they are necessary, I can offer $500 total, would it be still a good buy?
     
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    I would easily pay $500 for that setup, but I am in North Dakota where that stuff is somewhat rare.
     
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    If your keeping fish then you don't need them, but if you plan on keeping corals then a protein skimmer is one of the best investments you can make. The fan is a case by case as to weather you need one or not. And yes at 500 it's still a good buy
     
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    salt_for_brains Alabama Reefer VIP Member

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    Yeah he has to get sunshine piped in up there:D
     
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    salt_for_brains Alabama Reefer VIP Member

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    I agree it is still a pretty good price.
     
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    I have been looking into putting in solar tubes. So yeah... Piped in.
     
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    Thanks for the answers. I tried to buy it but will not meet my budget.

    For the $600 i can get the following :
    Serious inquiries only. I've got almost $3K worth of stuff here so for $1000 obo you can have an established (2 years old) 55 gallon aquarium. You can take this home and literally have a reef aquarium Corals, Fish, Rocks, Sand, Water, etc. It comes with EVERYTHING, will not split up. I've already sold the corals/fish that I wished to sell separately.

    Live stock includes 2 Ocellaris Clownfish, anemone, snails, hermit crabs, emerald crabs, conchs. Also has numerous coral such as mushrooms, palys, zoas, leathers, frogspawn, gsps. Tank has 50lbs of live rock, 40 lbs live sand. If you were to buy all this livestock alone you'd spend well over $800.

    Here's what the hardware would cost new.

    55 gallon AGA Tank w/Stand $300 (not drilled for overflow)
    Coralife Lunar Aqualight HO T5 Aquarium Light Fixture $250
    Reef Octopus BH1000 HOB Protein Skimmer $189
    CPR Aquatics AquaFuge External Hang-On Refugium Large $159
    Hydor Koralia Evolution 850 powerheads x 2 $60
    Eheim Jager Heaters 150 and 75 $60

    Extras:
    10 gallon tank w/ Blue damsel, Assorted snails, hermit crabs, 5# live rock and sand, Hagen aqua clear filter, marine land led hood
    10 gallon Hospital tank
    4- 5 gallon water containers
    4 brand new True Lumen T5 Bulbs 2 white, 1 blue, 1 purple
    Assorted frozen and dry food, chemicals, test kits, nets, etc.

    **what do you guys think?? There are some pictures if you think it is important to see them.
     
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    Although I would like to start my own aquarium, I think that I'll save some money if I buy a stabished one. Let me know what your thoughts are.
     
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