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Was in Petco browsing Aquariums today and asked about prices as they weren't marked. Store employee mentioned their $1 a Gallon sale starts this Sunday for Aqueon aquariums up to 55 gallon size. Said they'd have lots in stock. So if you've been waiting for this sale Sunday is the time. Bare aquarium only. In store only. Valid til 8-6

http://petco.shoplocal.com/petco/...genumber=1

http://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore

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I'm getting an aquarium for the kids. Is it a better deal to wait for a everything included sale? I always see this sale though.
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I'm getting an aquarium for the kids. Is it a better deal to wait for a everything included sale? I always see this sale though.
Best to check Craigslist for somebody who finally got tired of cleaning filters, gravel, and glass and is just about ready to give away the whole setup at a bargain price.
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Awesome deal. 55 gallon aquariums are typically 119 without the sale!
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As it is not confirmed, should be YMMV and dont link the deal to their homepage...
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I'm getting an aquarium for the kids. Is it a better deal to wait for a everything included sale? I always see this sale though.
I would recommend a 20 gallon tank on CL that comes with hood, light, filter and stand for $100 or less. If the seller has the decor and gravel, make the seller add them in.

If you must buy new, you usually save a bit with the bundle. The store usually have the bundle on sale every week. Petsmart has a larger collection.
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Best to check Craigslist for somebody who finally got tired of cleaning filters, gravel, and glass and is just about ready to give away the whole setup at a bargain price.
Totally agree for freshwater: if you're not entirely sure how long you're going to keep things or how "into" this you're going to be, just buy used for your first tank system. You'll probably end up with a stand, too, and probably for not much more than the bare tank you'd get in this sale (depends on your area and your patience, but it's how we started out).

This sale is mostly good if you know you want a 55g tank and will be using a canister filter with it or a filter you already have on a smaller tank that can handle the larger volume (and maybe you already have something you want to use as a stand, that you are actually sure can support a full 55g tank), particularly because canisters aren't generally done as the filter for "all in one" options when stores have sales on complete systems, but are basically necessary if you'll be keeping anything "dirty" like gold fish (and please don't overload your tank with gold fish, in fact I usually recommend not keeping gold fish unless you absolute know they're what you want and just how horrible even simply 1 or 2 are for water quality). Or for people keeping things like reptiles/etc in 55g tanks. This might make sense for breeder tanks too, but people often are just practically giving away 10-20g tanks.

So yes, if you think you're at all serious, know you want a large tank, and want to plan ahead, this sale makes sense: buy a 55g tank, then go and buy something like an Eheim classic. If you shop well, you can start off with something like a Eheim classic 250 for ~$80 (or less, or $100ish for something stronger), some decent $20 lights, 2 $20 glass tops, $20 heater... You'll spend a bit more (roughly $50-80) than something like the Top Fin 55g kit [petsmart.com], but you won't just turn around and throw half of it in the trash and end up spending it all anyway. With all of the other costs (substrate, plants/decor, etc, the fish themselves...) associated with running a 55g tank, I would recommend this for anyone who's thinking of something in the size range of a 55g, because you're FAR better off getting appropriate filtration/etc the first time rather than realizing you have a 55g tank you've spent $300 total to get fully up and running that can maybe hold 3 tetras before it starts crashing (ok, fine, slight exaggeration, but that top fin kit really is a bit of a joke).

If you're getting something smaller and being conservative about the fish you keep, this sale is going to make a LOT less sense, overall, in my opinion. Either you can find something cheaper on CL/etc used that will probably come with most of what you need for the same price, or the all in one systems offer enough performance and value versus buying it all separately to be reasonable considerations. Especially if you want it to look nice: some of the smallish all in one systems achieve a very finished work for very little effort and not a ridiculous amount of money. You do have to be careful not to overstock though.


Sadly at the point *we're* at, this is a total non starter for us (we even have a spare 55 just sitting around empty), but not as if they'd ever sell anything 90+ at $1/g, lol! So it's still a good (possibly great) deal, but I'd advise making sure it's a good fit for your needs before jumping on it.
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Best to check Craigslist for somebody who finally got tired of cleaning filters, gravel, and glass and is just about ready to give away the whole setup at a bargain price.
most the time people want twice the amount you will pay at petco for dollar per gallon.

i would advise by the tank and get the other items elsewhere on sale.

you can get a aquatop heater for 13 dollars on amazon.

you can get a decent filter for 20-30 wait for petsmart sale and get a aquaclear 70 usually about 30 with a 10 off sale.

substate go to home depot an get pool filter sand 6 dollars.

you can get bramswork lights led for 20-30

i would say stay away from the bundles because the items they include are trash.
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As it is not confirmed, should be YMMV and dont link the deal to their homepage...
its confirmed i talked to two different managers last week.

Go to the store and you will see all the tanks in preparation.
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Guys, just get a 40 breeder as a starter, you'll be happier in the long run.
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I just got into aquariums 2 years ago, first for my daughter w/ a great starter size of 5 gallons. We purchased this one and love it! Great test to see if you are prepared to manage a tank and keep the fish alive.

http://www.petco.com/shop/en/petc...uarium-kit

With a tank that size you can only get 4 small fish which will require maintenance about once a week if you want to keep them alive longer than a few months. Overall investment w/ fish and cleaning stuff should be less than $100.

I enjoyed watching her fish in her room so much I ended up getting a 15 gallon tank myself.

Primary reason for the 15 g. size was to keep costs down, while still able to get more fish and not have to clean it more than once a month or so. Here's the one I got. Love it!

http://www.petsmart.com/supplies/...m%3Dsearch

Saw this post and considered getting a 30 gallon, but would need to replace the 15 g. with it. Wife won't be happy w/ my going bigger or having another tank around the house. Great stress reliever.

Usually the $1 Gallon sale applies to just plain rectangular tanks and doesn't include packages.

I prefer new over buying someone's used parts. For the price save used if any its not worth it.

I also prefer the packages combined. Both combo kits above I purchased came w/ all accessories needed (except heater maybe). And they were not crappy.

So by all means, if you never had a tank, I Highly recommend it. Once all done, turn off the lights except for the tank and put on some Dark Side of the Moon and enjoy the fishes for an hour. ;o)
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Few questions..

1. Do I need heater if I'm in S. Florida. Temperature is pretty warm here almost year around
2. What kinda fishes should I get based on my location
3. Approxmiately how much would I be spending on the setup + maintenance per year

Pls help.
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Few questions..

1. Do I need heater if I'm in S. Florida. Temperature is pretty warm here almost year around
2. What kinda fishes should I get based on my location
3. Approxmiately how much would I be spending on the setup + maintenance per year

Pls help.
I would go with a heater. I'm guessing that if the temperature is pretty warm there all year round, the air conditioners are on all year round? If the heater isn't needed, it won't turn on. If it is needed, you won't end up with dead fish.

As for the type of fish, I've never seen that it matters all that much. Fish don't care if you're in Daytona or Detroit, as long as you keep their little world consistent and don't let the cats play with em.

As for how much it'll cost, it's been a long time since I've been in the game, so I can't help there. It all depends on aquarium size, type of fish, type of filter, and how big of a deep sea diver guy that spits out bubbles that you want.
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Quote from ixijimixi View Post :
I would go with a heater. I'm guessing that if the temperature is pretty warm there all year round, the air conditioners are on all year round? If the heater isn't needed, it won't turn on. If it is needed, you won't end up with dead fish.

As for the type of fish, I've never seen that it matters all that much. Fish don't care if you're in Daytona or Detroit, as long as you keep their little world consistent and don't let the cats play with em.

As for how much it'll cost, it's been a long time since I've been in the game, so I can't help there. It all depends on aquarium size, type of fish, type of filter, and how big of a deep sea diver guy that spits out bubbles that you want.
Thanks and repped!
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