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Old 03-14-2013, 05:08 PM   #11 
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Hmmm small problem, I'm out of places to put a fish tank... do you think a cheap tv stand will hold up a 5g?

I may end up having to go the old cinder blocks+shelf thing. D:
Is there a flea market/Salvation army/used furniture store near you? Take a road trip the evening of trash collecting in your area, too. Often, end tables that were once with a matched LR set wind up dumped. Right now, I'm typing w/ my computer on a hardwood end table that I dumpster-dove & got it free!!!
I also got my sewing machine table free (stopped by a collections dumpster), all my folding chairs, 2 folding tables, all dumpster or "roadside decor"!!!

Also, if you're near an Ikea, they sell these little, low, square coffee tables that are sturdy enough for $10. I have my 10 gallon on one :0)
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:11 PM   #12 
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Also, if you're near an Ikea, they sell these little, low, square coffee tables that are sturdy enough for $10. I have my 10 gallon on one :0)
PERFECT!!! There's an IKEA right in Houston :D We're even going that way over the weekend.

Um what does it look like/can you find a link on their website? o.o

is it this? lol
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pr...270/#/20011408, if it is, this is like the obvious thing to buy... $7.99? YES PLEASE.

or this? http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pr...036/#/40104294

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Old 03-14-2013, 05:20 PM   #13 
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PERFECT!!! There's an IKEA right in Houston :D We're even going that way over the weekend.

Um what does it look like/can you find a link on their website? o.o

is it this? lol
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pr...270/#/20011408, if it is, this is like the obvious thing to buy... $7.99? YES PLEASE.

or this? http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pr...036/#/40104294
Per the Ikea website the side table says this:

Product dimensions
Length: 21 5/8 "
Width: 21 5/8 "
Height: 17 3/4 "
Max. load: 55 lb
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:23 PM   #14 
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Oh. I missed that... gotta read the fine print... It DOES look pretty sturdy though. I'll just wait for Xalt to reply.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:45 PM   #15 
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Yes! It's the "Lack"! Wow, how inspiring is that name! Doesn't Ikea have a translator?
Granted, it's Ikea, but it can hold a 5 gal. My 10 gal's edges match up w/ the edges of the table, so it has extra support.
If you're worried, Home Depot will cut you a piece of 4X4 lumber to stick under it.

(I swear Ikea has a piece of furniture called "Malm"- again, translate much?!)
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Ok thanks! if it can hold a 10, it can hold a 5. My dad has some spare wood around he can use to reinforce if needed. ;)


For $7.99, you can't get better!
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:12 PM   #17 
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I know; I have 3!!!
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:37 PM   #18 
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Anyone have any kit suggestions? I think it's cheaper to buy a starter kit than everything separately.

I also wanna do live plants. Should I use sand, soil, or gravel? if I go sand, what should I put in there to mix the sand around for me?

I would LOVE this tank, but what kind of hood would fit?
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ontent=Default

Edit: Found some hoods... it would be almost $100 for the aquarium and hood alone. =/

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Definitely going to be cheaper to buy a starter kit because buying everything separate in the end will end up costing you more than just the kit.

If you want to do live plants check out the planted tank part of the forum for the answers to all of your questions. Plus members in that section will be more knowledgeable :)
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This seems like the best deal so far:

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo

For some reason Petco doesn't have a good selection of tanks online, even though they have tons in-store.
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