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Old 06/18/2013, 10:47 AM   #1
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Where do you buy a large tank?

I'm looking to buy a large tank maybe 240 gallons or 300. Where can you buy a tank that size and not pay a ton for it? It has to be reef ready. I have looked at Glasscages.com but they seem a little pricey. Thank you for your help.


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Old 06/18/2013, 10:50 AM   #2
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Glass Cages actually have great prices, the best I've seen. I was very unhappy with the quality of their work on my 120. I went with Miracles on my 180 and although their prices are much higher than Glass Cages their tank was fantastic.

They are just one of a number of great large tank builders. I think you'll find GC are considered the cheapest around, for a reason.....


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Old 06/18/2013, 11:06 AM   #3
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I just got a quote from miracles today on a 200+ tank, and considering the overall expense of setting up a large reef tank, I found it reasonable.

Its a small price to pay in the end compared to the overall costs of a tank that size


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Old 06/18/2013, 11:10 AM   #4
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My local LFS sells tanks really cheap, i should just grab one from him before i move, i just didnt necessarily want to transport a huge tank cross country! I can get a 210 reef ready all glass aquarium from him for 699.00.


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Old 06/18/2013, 11:16 AM   #5
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http://www.fishtanksdirect.com/ Great people to deal with.


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Old 06/18/2013, 11:25 AM   #6
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Craigslist is your new best friend imo...


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Old 06/18/2013, 11:35 AM   #7
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The owner Jim is my friend. He is also LA Fishguy. From what I have seen, his prices are very reasonable.


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Old 06/18/2013, 11:46 AM   #8
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avoid glasscages...


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Old 06/18/2013, 12:25 PM   #9
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If glass cages is more than you want to spend, you're probably going to have to go the used route.


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Old 06/18/2013, 12:36 PM   #10
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You could look at Great Lakes aquariums. They are over by Detroit.


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Old 06/18/2013, 01:05 PM   #11
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the owner jim is my friend. He is also la fishguy. From what i have seen, his prices are very reasonable.
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Old 06/18/2013, 01:22 PM   #12
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Glass Cages is one of the cheaper companies out there for large tanks... Their reviews are sketchy at best.

Find a used tank if they are too much for you. Browse your local reef clubs and craigslist, or put a "want to buy" thread and see if anyone has one laying in their basement they would sell.


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Old 06/18/2013, 01:31 PM   #13
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Thank you all for your suggestions.


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Old 06/18/2013, 02:39 PM   #14
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Craigslist!!!!!


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Old 06/18/2013, 02:53 PM   #15
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Old 06/18/2013, 03:23 PM   #16
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Old 06/18/2013, 04:27 PM   #17
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If you have enough patience craigslist or your LFS


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Old 06/18/2013, 07:21 PM   #18
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I'm not sure if you are set on a +200 gallon tank but in my area there are pet supply stores that sell 180's for around $675. Not sure what r considering pricey but I have had large custom tanks made that were in the multi thousand range. Now granted the 180's are not reef ready but I drill my own tanks anyway so no biggie. To save bucks I think you will have to wait for a tank tear down . Good luck. Although I have not used GC I have seen more negative feedback than positive.


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Old 06/19/2013, 12:24 AM   #19
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Something I think people don't think about, the price of support equipment.

If the price of a big tank is daunting you need to look at the over all cost of a system. 300lbs of rocks you looking $600 cheap. A cheap skimmer another $400 easily. Some odyssea el cheapo lights for a fowlr another $200. Return pump another couple hundred. Sump tank a couple hundred. You're looking at quickly creeping on $2k just in all the other stuff.

Going used and CL you can maybe cut this down to $1k but still in comparision to a GC tank which is about as cheap and entry level as you can get, its still a big investment.


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Old 06/19/2013, 05:26 AM   #20
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375 gal, turn key, no stock is gonna be about $20k... can it be done on the cheap for less.. Yes it can.. but for all better to top shelf stuff... its gonna cost...

+1 craigs list....


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Old 06/20/2013, 08:46 AM   #21
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Im looking at upgradint to a 220 or 210. Everything that I am using on my 90 is oversized. Oversized sump, return pump, reactors, skimmer, etc. When I started it was with the goal of upgrading to a large tank later. I will need another few heaters, rock, sand, and additional lighting but that is it.


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Old 06/20/2013, 11:54 AM   #22
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Deep Sea Aquatics out of Texas has a 225 that might fit the bill.
Check it out!


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