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[APD] How to get stuff cheap

At 02:49 PM 29/09/2005 -0400, you wrote:
>Nick Andrews wrote:
>>Okay, I moved from Tampa back to New Mexico and am buying a house with 
>>enough room for a real aquarium, especially since I had to give away my 2 
>>55s and 37 when I moved.  Is there any mail-order source with reasonable 
>>shipping rates?  I know, watch the paper, etc..........  How about the DIY 
>>approach, any advice?  I want a nice big tank for rainbows and plants.  
>>Doesn't everyone?
>>Nick A
>I've thought of doing a DIY out of plywood at some point (except the 
>face of it of course) and embedding it into a wall. You can make a 
>fairly large tank this way and on the cheap.

How bout a $2 stand?

I have 4 90Gal tanks I got real cheap last year amd am about to set
a couple of them up. I've decided to use straw bales as a stand, covered
with earthen plaster.

Anybody else try this or do any straw bale construction?

For cheap tanks look in recycler.com for (shipable!) acrylic tanks.
Some real bargins there if you look and are patient. Best one I
saw was a 300 Gas tank for $180. If I culd have got the guy to weigh the
thing on a bathroom scale mit two 6' 2x4s and said definitively that it was
under the 150 LB UPS limit then it would be here right now. But alas...

But, I did get a 35 gal hex tank for $20 plus $16 shipping - acrylic
tanks are LIGHT asd ship well, and, um, cough, you
can work out any scratch issues no matter how deep, in
about an afternoon.

Tho local classifieds, craigslist.org and any local web BBS 
classifieds (there's lots!) are also good places to try.


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