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So, I wasn't really looking for a new tank, but I was looking through the classified and I saw an ad for a 6 foot, 540 litre Aqua One. Paid $1800 new, selling for $800. Even though it was an hour and a half drive away, I decided to take a look. It was HUGE!!! And in almost perfect condition.

Long story short and $750 dollars later, I am the proud owner of a almost new 6 foot fish tank.

It will look so much better with my goldies in it. :)

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I pick it up next weekend with a van, because its too long for our car. So excited!!! :)

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Amazing! Every time I find a good deal on a tank I either don't have the money and/or it comes with a heap of fish I don't want xD

Clearly, this had fish in it too, but they were at extra cost and I didn't want any of them. Picking it up in a week will give the guy time to re-home them.

A quick question. Clearly I'm going to have to sterilize the tank and filter, which will kill the cycle. How do I go about it?

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A quick question. Clearly I'm going to have to sterilize the tank and filter, which will kill the cycle. How do I go about it?

Sterilising or cycling?

You can use a 1:9 bleach to water solution to sterilise everything. For cycling, you can either borrow some media from a cycled tank or start from scratch. Since we can't get pure ammonia easily here, your best bet would be to use fish food.

http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/112965-fishless-cycle-instructions/

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A quick question. Clearly I'm going to have to sterilize the tank and filter, which will kill the cycle. How do I go about it?

Sterilising or cycling?

You can use a 1:9 bleach to water solution to sterilise everything. For cycling, you can either borrow some media from a cycled tank or start from scratch. Since we can't get pure ammonia easily here, your best bet would be to use fish food.

http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/112965-fishless-cycle-instructions/

Sorry, I wasn't very clear. I want to know how I sterilize everything. I've only my ever started with new tanks and new filters before, so I've never had to worry. I'm assuming once its cleaned with bleach, I just thoroughly rinse it in water? Edited by Scarlett
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Sorry, I wasn't very clear. I want to know how I sterilize everything. I've only my ever started with new tanks and new filters before, so I've never had to worry. I'm assuming once its cleaned with bleach, I just thoroughly rinse it in water?

Yep. You can prime everything a few times as well. Once it no longer smells like bleach you are good to go. :)

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That is gorgeous! Congrats! Can't wait to see it once you've got it all set up! :nana

I have a photo of what I want it to look like, I just have no idea how I go about making it look that way. lol

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I wonder if there is someone out there who could do it for me?

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there are companies or private people who will come out to landscape your aquarium, for a fee. i have seen them advertised in the Yellow Pages :)

great find, congratulations :)

have you already paid? inspection of the bottom glass is a must, if there are any deep scratches in the glass, this might cause it to crack during transit.

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there are companies or private people who will come out to landscape your aquarium, for a fee. i have seen them advertised in the Yellow Pages :)

great find, congratulations :)

have you already paid? inspection of the bottom glass is a must, if there are any deep scratches in the glass, this might cause it to crack during transit.

I've only paid a deposit. The tank was full, so obviously I couldn't see the bottom. I'll give it a good look over next weekend before I make the final purchase. Going by the condition of the rest of the tank, it should be really good.

The guy has brand new spare lighting tubes and a brand new spare power head from the filter, as he was originally from the country and didn't get to fish shops very often. So, I have those in the price as well and a couple of heaters too!

Off to look in the yellow pages! :)

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