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Hello, and thank you so very much! I checked out walmart and found a 55 gallon stand and starter kit aquarium. Stand is $97.00 and aquarium is $179.00 Wow what a great deal. I really want to thank you. I purchased both and they will deliver next wednesday to my house. I took out the 4 yr warranty for an additional $26.00 because I read the reviews and they were saying that the lights LED go out. And also some filters pumps were defective. I don't want any problems. LOL. Thanks againHello, just found out Walmart has a web site & app. U can have items shipped to store located near you. Items cheaper than in store & most free delivery! You might want to give it a try. Hope this helps!
Thanks for your comments. I don't want to take any chances with my basement flooding. As it is finished and carpeted. I ended up buying a 55 gallon starter kit from walmart for $179.00 and a stand for $97.00 brand new. I have a warranty for the kit for additional $26.00. NO Worries you know? I will try and find cheaper new parts for it. Thanks againI've bought all my tanks used (15-30 or so, up to 55g) and I won't buy your tank if you're not willing to fill it up and show me there's no leaks. I think that's fair when shopping secondhand. It's also super, super easy, cheap and fairly quick to cut out the seal and reseal it if you feel so inclined.
I can't stomach the thought of what some of y'all pay for setups. My 55 gallon tank cost me $35 with hoods, lights, heater and a decent filter - I got it from an older couple who had had it running since the mid 90s and it's still going strong. Nice acrylic tanks can be had for awesome prices secondhand as well, and are much less likely to spring a leak with age.
I'm going with a 55 gallon starter kit and stand for under $300.00I'd look at the cost of individual items and see if you can get something better. Right now they have Fluval 40 gallon filters on sale for 29.99 (usually $80), so getting a tank and then that kind of filter might be cheaper.
As for the size, I'd go with the 29. Trust me, you are going to want more than you think you do right now. I have the 20 gallon and am going to upgrade to the 38g bowfront soon. I was able to successfully grow my plants in the 20 with standard lighting, but IDK about the taller 29g.