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Old 03-12-2013, 11:26 PM   #1 
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Hi,

I'm going to be going off to college this fall, and the college I might be going to allows their residents to have 10 gallon fish tanks!

Here's my plan: I plan to get a 10 gallon tank kit (with filter, hood, etc) and divide it with one of those mesh dividers that I can either make or buy at Petsmart. I'm going to get a different filter, probably an Aquaclear or something adjustable. I'm going to use plain colored gravel as the substrate, and get a few live plants. I need to get the light bulbs too, but Petsmart has them for $5 each, so I think I'll be okay in that department. I need a few more hiding spaces and a floating betta log for my female betta, since I'm sure she'd love one.

I've already counted up about how much money everything will cost, and it's wayyyy too much! It'll be over $100 to buy everything I want from Petsmart or my LFS.

So, I'm turning to you guys.

If you have anything on the following list that you would be willing to sell or are looking to get rid of, please contact me! I live in southern NJ, so if you're nearby, I could come pick it up rather than have it shipped. Much cheaper that way. :)

Okay, I need the following:

10 gallon tank with hood (Not LED lighting)
DIY Dividers
Live Plants (Beginner, low maintenance, really want anubias, hornwort, java fern, and moss balls, but others will do)
Adjustable filter (Brand doesn't matter much, as long as I can adjust the flow to keep my fish from getting pushed around)
6500k bulbs (20 watts total)
Any decorations no longer being used

If you guys can help me out at all, it'll be much appreciated! I'm really just hoping I can get better quality stuff for cheaper than I can in the store. :( I'm sure everything has been really well cared for, since I'm asking you guys and you wouldn't be on the forum if you didn't love your fish and want to care for them properly.

Let me know if you have any of the things on my list, and let me know how much you want for them! It would be nice if you could also tell me the shipping costs from you to me. Thank you very much!
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:50 PM   #2 
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If I could I would send you some hornwort but it wouldn't survive travel.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:54 PM   #3 
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Keep an eye on Craigslist! I just got a 10 gallon aquarium with lighted hood and filter for 10 bucks. Walmart also has a tetra 10 gallon starter kit for 30 bucks
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:25 AM   #4 
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If I could I would send you some hornwort but it wouldn't survive travel.
It probably wouldn't. :( Besides, I've noticed you've had loads of trouble finding plants because no one can ship to you, so I don't want to take away what you already have. xD

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Keep an eye on Craigslist! I just got a 10 gallon aquarium with lighted hood and filter for 10 bucks. Walmart also has a tetra 10 gallon starter kit for 30 bucks
I have been, but nothing in my area looks like it's in good shape. :( And there aren't many 10 gallons. I have been talking to someone who is selling one for $40, and they said it has a hood and stuff. It looks nice, so I'm hoping they still have it. I asked them what else comes with it, so I'm just waiting on a reply now.

I saw the ones in Walmart, but Petsmart actually has a kit cheaper, I think. I don't care too much whether it comes with a filter or not, since I'll be buying a separate one. I just want the hood, but it's cheaper to get a kit than to buy a tank and a hood separately, which I don't quite understand.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:30 AM   #5 
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40 dollars is alot for a used tank. Thats retail at most places
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:48 AM   #6 
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40 dollars is alot for a used tank. Thats retail at most places
They said they had other stuff for it though, that they would give with it. Depending on what that stuff is, I might go for it.

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They said it comes with the hood/light, some decorations, a Whisper filter, and some other things they found for it.


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Old 03-13-2013, 10:49 AM   #7 
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Check out thrift shops-sometimes you can find some great deals in them...

If you are in Oklahoma-we will be having a big fish Auction March 23 at the Cleveland County Fair grounds and you can usually find just about anything fish related for a fair price.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:10 AM   #8 
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Here's an option:

Tank kit from Walmart: $38
Pool filter sand/play sand, etc.: $5
Silk plants from craft store (no metal): $5
DIY dividers: $3? maybe.
Silicone: $3
random free rocks (for attaching silk plants to sink or decoration), coffee cups for caves: free

Total cost: ~ $60
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:13 PM   #9 
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If you have the right lighting for live plants I have some starter stems and what not.... PM me for details
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:18 PM   #10 
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I have a ton of plants, if you are interested PM me when you are ready for them and I'll let you know what I have available at that time.

I also have a ton of rocks and driftwood, but they'd make shipping more expensive than just plants a lone.


if that 10 gallon comes with the stand, then it might be worth getting, but IMO, you can just set a kit on your desk at school and it'd be about $10 cheaper...

I agree with going for playsand, it'll be more work on your part, but is much cheaper than gravel, and do your own dividers, $3 total...you may want to get silicone to keep em stuck in place but its not a necessity.
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