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It's been a sad and frustrating day. After many delays ,my tank finally arrived. First the stand was all scratched and banged up and when I finally filled the tank ,it leaked!! At this point I just want to send it all back. I am so disappointed and feel like crying!- ok I did actually cry :( I spent so much time finding the tank I wanted and this is a huge disappointment. BTW this is not meant to be a negative feedback post and I'm not mentioning names so hope I'm not breaking any rules. I just need to vent.

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There are plenty of stores that will get you a tank at nearly cost-some cost plus 10 maybe 15%. Its no secret, the reason is once you got that tank you are hooked and forever a cash cow (laugh)

 

I got quoted a price for a new tank from a LFS and was told "its 10% above my cost" I found out later that this shop would have made about 50% profit on that sale, the tank cost 1200.00, I got quoted 1800.00 which was "10% of my cost"-They lost a customer for life on that lie.

 

I tell you this only becuase its worth asking around regarding who will do what for ya-Most reef stores are straight up, a couple will try an screw ya if you are nieve, or "trusting" (sad but true).

 

Dont give up-Congrats on the new level, Toadfish are bottom feeders anyway I hear-(clap)

 

What size tank where you putting together anyway?

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You are right ,better to deal locally and shop around. The tank was a 50 gallon cube - I really like the cube look. I might just set up the 110 gallon I bought a few weeks back. I bought the tank for my FW fish and was going to use the live rock in the new tank. I'm a bit nervous to dive into a 110 gallon reef but I may just end up doing that.

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You should definitely start with the 110 gallon. I started with a 20, wasn't enough room so I got a 39. (kept the 20). The 39 isn't enough so I put together a 55. I am still working on the 55 but that doesn't seem big enough so I just picked up a 90. (I still have the 20 & 39) I will now use the 55 for the sump of the 90 and hopefully I will be done but who knows, I may go bigger yet someday. Moral of the story, save time and money and just "Go Big"....lol

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Well then maybe it will all work out for the best. The cube will be shipped back tomorrow and I'll start planning the 110 gallon . I'm getting excited thinking about the extra fish I'll be able to put inside and my hubby is starting to get interested too :)

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Sorry to hear about your problems.

 

I agree to go along with a larger tank, much more stable. The smallest I would go is a75 with a 20 sump. YMMV. The 110 is 48 7/8 x 19 x 30 3/4. I would advise going to a 120 which is 4' X 2' X 2'. Much easier to pump light into the bottom and more room to aquascape. Call Eddie at Ed's Reef. He will treat ya right and give you a good deal!

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Sorry to hear about your problems.

 

I agree to go along with a larger tank, much more stable. The smallest I would go is a75 with a 20 sump. YMMV. The 110 is 48 7/8 x 19 x 30 3/4. I would advise going to a 120 which is 4' X 2' X 2'. Much easier to pump light into the bottom and more room to aquascape. Call Eddie at Ed's Reef. He will treat ya right and give you a good deal!

 

Well your post made me take measurements as I remembered the tank was 23" top to bottom. The measurements are 72x18x23. I did a gallon calculation on line and seems I have a 130 gallon tank !

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