Buying a second hand aquarium
- It’s considerably cheaper assuming everything works.
- It’s a LOT of work to set everything up the way you want.
- Can get expensive if you don’t check everything properly.
Things to check for:
- Make sure you can see the tank up and running so you know all the equipment works. Having to find out later you need a new pot filter or lighting and you can quickly exceed the cost of buying everything new in the first place.
- Check for leakage on filter, tank and tank stand. Standard stands are plywood covered in veneer, a bit of water damage from weekly water changes can over time seep through the veneer and expand the plywood, making the whole stand an accident waiting to happen.
- Carefully check how the tank is set up so you know what you want to replace and how. This goes for the filter, background, substrate and any decorative pieces that may have been glued in place.