Some Second Hand Aquarium Buying Tips

The holidays are right around the corner and some of you may be missing the sea a little more than you like to lead on. It may be time to bring the sea to you, by creating your own ‘under the sea’ experience in your living room.

Junk Mail currently has more than 2,000 adverts listed in the Fish & Aquariums category. This means you shouldn’t have too much trouble creating your marine dream.

Today the Junk Mail team would like to offer you some useful Second Buying Tips on what you need to look out for when buying your second hand aquarium or fish tank.

Here are some second hand Aquarium / Fish Tank Buying Tips:

  • Find out the age of the tank.
  • Check it the tank has a leak. If it is only a leak it is fixable but it might affect the price you are willing pay for it.
  • Also check for chips or cracks on the tank. These could worsen when you move the tank. Bouncing the tank on the back or in the back of a vehicles is not good for glass.
  • When you see the tank you want, look in the corner and the bottom of the tank. It is not uncommon for a tank to have chip out the sides where the tank has been bumped or hit. This can get worse when filled with water. Remember aquariums are very heavy when they are filled up with water.
  • Two other questions you should consider is: “How cheap is the tank?” and “What is the risk if it breaks?” If you are living with one storey house and some water spills on the floor, it might not be as important. If you are on the third floor of a flat building, the neighbor downstairs won’t appreciate the extra water. This could be a disaster if you accidentally break a 100 liter tank and your neighbour calls the landlord.
  • Don’t be concerned if there are mineral deposits on the fish tank‘s glass. If you must remove this, use ammonia or vinegar. This will not be toxic to the fish and it does a good job of removing calcium deposits.
  • Many folks get used aquariums and often realize (mostly after making the purchase) that they don’t have a clue how to get a used aquarium working like it should again. Unfortunately most used tanks don’t have instructions available any more, so a lot of the equipment might be a mystery or might require research or puzzling out. There’s an easy way to avoid this headache though. If you are unsure about anything that comes with the aquarium you are thinking of buying, make sure that you ask the seller questions about it.
  • Figure out which category the used aquarium you want fits into: Are you looking for a used tank that is still (or was just) set up and still has all its equipment (and may even come with fish); or are you looking for the tank that was just up and running, but no longer has all the equipment; or the used tank that has not been used at all for an unknown amount of time.
  • If you decide on the fish tank that is set up (or has just been torn down) and still has all the equipment, you might want to treat it like a fish tank you are moving with (especially if you are getting fish with the tank). If you’re lucky you could get some of the water that was in the tank and move it with you (to minimize the stress to the biological filter, fish, and plants).
  • If you decide to get the tank that was just up and running, but no longer has all the equipment you’ll need to take the tank home and rinse it thoroughly with cool, running tap water. This will remove any debris left in the tank. You might also want to wipe the tank out with a clean cloth.
  • If you’re deciding to get a used tank that has not been in use for some time the first thing you need to do is to check the fish tank for leaks. This will greatly reduce the risk that you will set up your tank and then meet the disaster of a leak or spill in your home. Once you have leak tested your aquarium you’ll need to clean it. It’s also recommend that you dispose of any filter media (or anything highly porous or with a high surface area) such as aquarium gravel and some decorations. Also dispose of any plastic that might have become brittle over time. All of these items should be replaced with new items. Some of them will probably not be usable and others may have been exposed to harmful to toxic chemicals (which will be difficult or basically impossible to detect and remove).
  • It’s very important that you don’t use any cleansers, solvents, detergents, perfumes or other harmful chemicals when rinsing out a used fish tank (this can leave residue that might remain in the tank long-term and could cause significant problems for your fish in the long run).

We hope that these tips will help you to choose the right aquarium to bring your under the sea experience to life. If you have another tip to add to this post, please comment here and let the readers of the Junk Mail Blog know.

For those of you who would rather just go to the sea and holiday by the ocean, remember to check out our holiday accommodation section and book your vacation by the sea today.

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Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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