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    Where to find a cheap new tank...

    I'm starting a fish tank at my yacht club, and there are concerns about leaks, cracks, etc so I want a new tank to hush all the complaints. God forbid something were to happen, at least they would know its the companies fault and not my own for providing a faulty tank. I wish I knew I was going to be doing this earlier to take advantage of the dollar per gallon sale!! I went to the local places near me and the cheapest I can currently find is around 130. Any suggestions?
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    What size tank? When looking for a tank you need to go local obviously because of shipping costs on such a heavy item. I would try petco or petsmart on the $1 a gallon sale.



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    I'm looking for a 55. And I was looking online about the dollar a gallon sale and said that they just had one and it ended in january. Doubtful they would have one so soon. I wonder when the next one is
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    You may be able to find something Craig's List, but I would make sure to see it set up with water. Oops, just noticed you specified "new". I don't blame you, but the dollar per gallon sales are the best deal, even though they may be only two or three times a year. Sometimes they'll have them close together, though, you never know.



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    Lately it seems they've been doing the $1 sale every 3-4 months so I wouldn't be surprised to see it in the next flyer or the one after. Pet Supplies Plus also does one occasionally but that one just ended last month.



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    Forgive me but yacht club and couponing for fish tanks are two things I didn't think I would ever read in one sentence...LOL...I agree with the above Petco's 1 per is gonna be your best bet for tanks. Do you have any mom and pop shops that you could talk with?
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    x2 Yacht Club & Cheap Tank = ??? had me laughing for that one.

    I'd go around the LFS stores. Most of the better ones realize that if they give you a tank a at a low profit they can make a lot of money on higher margin fish. I got my brand new 125 tank for $300. I've think I've spent more than that in the shop on fish and supplies in the past four months.



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    I would go the Craigslist route. Find a seller that is willing to fill the tank so that you can check for leaks before handing over the money. If it's dirty, some elbow grease and white vinegar will go a long way! You can say that it was a display tank at the store if anyone asks!

    I'm not a huge fan of white lies, but it is a bit silly to insist on a new tank when there are perfectly good tanks out there to be recycled!



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    Quote Originally Posted by kcartwright856 View Post
    I would go the Craigslist route. Find a seller that is willing to fill the tank so that you can check for leaks before handing over the money. If it's dirty, some elbow grease and white vinegar will go a long way! You can say that it was a display tank at the store if anyone asks!

    I'm not a huge fan of white lies, but it is a bit silly to insist on a new tank when there are perfectly good tanks out there to be recycled!
    Except that if it's for a business, there's insurance and liability involved. And while I know, and you know, and most of the people on these forums know, that a used tank in good condition will house fish just as well as a new tank, most businesses aren't willing to take that kind of risk. Buy it new, and it comes with a warranty, guarantees, and someone to blame and hold responsible if something does go wrong. Businesses like that sort of thing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by oo7genie View Post
    Except that if it's for a business, there's insurance and liability involved. And while I know, and you know, and most of the people on these forums know, that a used tank in good condition will house fish just as well as a new tank, most businesses aren't willing to take that kind of risk. Buy it new, and it comes with a warranty, guarantees, and someone to blame and hold responsible if something does go wrong. Businesses like that sort of thing...
    I suppose that makes sense. I don't know anything about yacht clubs, so I wasn't aware that they were businesses!



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