The aquarium itself is often the least affordable item required when setting up a new fish home. Buying your fish tank can be a less expensive purchase if you look beyond your local aquarium shop. On this page you will find ideas for saving money on your fish tank.
Buying Second Hand
Every week in newspaper classifieds people give away free tanks. If you are not get up early enough or do not have the right newspaper there will be other second hand fish tanks for sale elsewhere.
Early visitors to garage sales can also be rewarded with inexpensive buys. Ask if you can check that any pumps or filters are operating before purchase.
People moving house will often sell a complete aquarium instead of trying to transport it and it's inhabitants. Such established tanks can sell very cheap if the seller must get rid of it quickly. To see private sales where such tanks might be sold take a look at the eBay aquarium listings underneath these paragraphs.
Every second hand fish tank should be thoroughly cleaned. Use a fish safe antiseptic or dilute bleach then rinse until no odor remains.
Many wholesale agents have begun offering cheap aquariums directly to the public. These fish tanks may be available through your local newspaper or from our online listings.
Make Your Own Fish Tank
Creating your own aquarium may not be as hard as you think. You will be able to customize it to your exact needs for your own requirements. A number of suitable plans are available on the internet. If you are not comfortable cutting the glass you can ask for the pieces to be precut by a glazier. Some glaziers may have off cuts on hand suitable for smaller aquariums. To create extra smooth edges the glass must be machined which will cost extra. Smoother edged finishes can also be achieved using emery paper. Read more about a making a DIY aquarium if you are considering this option.
Broken aquariums can be repaired. With some acetic cure silicone and some spare glass most cracks can be waterproofed. Broken aquariums can be seen abandoned at recycling centers, in backyards, on waste collection days and at a garbage tip near you. Lifting large broken pieces of glass can be dangerous so it is best to repair on site. Always be aware that repairing an aquarium is dangerous and should only be done if competent with the correct techniques involved. If you can come across a tank that someone else has repaired this may be a better alternative.
If you have an abundance of fish and just need a storage facility while they grow consider other items. Set up filtration and water conditions as you would for an aquarium and many watertight vessels can become discount fish homes. Baby pools, old bathtubs, rainwater tanks, polystyrene broccoli boxes, lined 44 gallon drums, wine barrels and other vessels can be used as cheap fish tank alternatives. Seal any porous surfaces or line with plastic film. Seventy liter plastic buckets from a hardware store can do a great job and cost $10. UV treated plastic will last a lot longer outdoors.
Aquariums For Sale
Both new models and second hand tanks complete with live fish are offered online. Many are sold as complete packages while others are bare.
When there is a choice between glass or acrylic models both are suitable for freshwater tropical, cold water or marine fish keeping. What is more crucial than the material is the choices made regarding the equipment and decorations used. On average glass will tend to be more cheap than acrylic. For those looking to breed fish their are also banks of breeding tanks sold from time to time by private hobbyists.
A new aquarium unit can be delivered by many online dealers Second hand units from private sales are more likely to require pick up. If you are fortunate enough to find such a fish tank in your locality it is likey to sell for a reasonable price.
One of the major selling places for new and second hand aquariums in Australia is eBay. Browse current Australian eBay aquarium listings below.
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