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Old 01-02-2011, 04:37 AM   #1 
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It shipping a tank worth the cost?

My brother has a 10-15 gal glass tank with lighted hood, filter and some other accessories (not sure about a heater, I know bettas need one). It's one of the starter kits from Walmart. He bought it for his young brother-in-law (like 14 years old) and he was not responsible enough for fish. Anyway my brother ended up with it sitting in his garage for over a year. It cost him around $60 to buy. He said I could have it free. 1 problem, I live in California, he lives in Texas. He is going to price the shipping for me. But it will pry be around $20 if not more. My mom is going to Texas in a few days and she is going to decide whether she will bring it back for me or if I need to ship it. My question is, is it worth shipping? I know it can get broken in the process, and since it has been sitting for over a year the seals can be dried out. So I would do the 24 hour leak test. If I can get is shipped for $20 or less, it the tank worth getting? What are the chances of it making it here intact and able to be used? Has anyone ever had a tank shipped to them?
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:40 AM   #2 
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Its really your decision. I would say no, since its old and could be leaky. But you decide if its worth the risk and the money.
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:18 AM   #3 
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Have your mom bring it back... I'm sure if you ask all nicely and do a few things for her before she leaves she'll even check it for cracks and leaks before bringing it.
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:48 AM   #4 
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just get a new one, but nothing from walmart.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:04 AM   #5 
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I would just get a new tank, too. When I moved across the country, movers kicked my 60 gallon cube tank despite the fact that it was clearly marked fragile and glass. Craigslist is a great place to look for tanks if you don't mind a used tank. I got a < 1 year old 29 gallon tank with hood and stand for $60.
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:27 PM   #6 
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If you can get it for free, and your mom is willing to deliver it, then heck yes!

A year isn't that long to have a tank sitting..check the seals with a water test and you're ready to go.
Even if you have to reseal isn't that difficult (with a little research)...silicone is a lot cheaper than a new tank kit.

That's just me I'd never refuse a free tank!
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:32 PM   #7 
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If you end up with the old tank and it leaks, just pick up some aquarium silicone and stuff.. Line the edges, reseal it.. Then it'll work like new! Easy!
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:19 PM   #8 
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If your mom will pick it up. Good! If you have to pay $20 for shipping...not nearly as good.

You can get a new 10g w/ heater and everything at Petsmart for $40. If you paid $20 for shipping and still had to buy a heater that cost about $20, you actually spend more on the used one!

idk, but it might be alot easier getting a new one, unless of course your mother would be willing to bring it back (for FREE!).
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:16 AM   #9 
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well petco is haveing adollar pergallon sell until this wednesday. If i was you I would buy a new tank and ask to have to have the supplies to th 15 gal sent to you.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:38 AM   #10 
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I agree with Astro.
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