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RE: Tank alternatives (was S costai...)
I'll definitely give this a thorough check out. They have a wide range from
the little betta barracks that can hold 2 fish in separate quarters, larger
ones that can hold up to 6 fish and the tanks i described in 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10
and 15 litre sizes. Cheapest prices I've seen for a basic 2.5 litre tank,
vented top, no ligt or other accessories is Y240 or about $2. They sell
these for the kids who collect fish or insects for their summer school
BTW did you know, keeping and breeding various bugs beetles, grasshoppers,
preying mantises in Japan is a big hobby.
>As far as I know there are two such products here. One is a made by Penn
>Plax it comes in 1/2, 1, 5 and 10 gal size I think. They cost about 5 to 10
>dollars. They have vented open air hoods and are lit by a 2 watt Christmas
>tree bulb which costs another 10 dollars. The hood is poorly designed for
>fish. There is no real room for conventional heaters and fluorescent lights
>are not really doable.
>I believe there is a product called the eclipse system. It has fluorescent
>lights and a filter built into the hood. This is much more suitable for
>but I believe the cost is about $65.00.
>I usually pick up leaking tanks at my LFS for about $2.00 to $5.00 each any
>size. There has been an abundance of badly sealed 10 gal tanks around here
>lately. They are otherwise new. I also re seal old metal frame tanks. I
>usually line the slate bottom with a piece of glass. Silicone in the
>caulking tube form is inexpensive. So I can usually rebuild a 10 gal tank
>for less than 7.00 dollars. Steel frame tanks are much more durable than
>all glass versions especially when you have to move them around from time
>The tank you describe would be ideal. But it is not here as far as I know.
>fluorescent hood here runs about 35.00 dollars alone.
>Just the idea of a 5 gal tank with a fluorescent light for $10.00 makes me
>feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
>I rebuilt the 3 5's because they were metal frame, glass bottom, complete
>and only needed silicone I got one for $2.00 the others were free. The
>was right. It took a tube of silicone ($2.50) to reseat the glass and seal
>them. The hoods were lighting tile for $2.49 and one 24 inch fluorescent
>light did the trick. it was a very nice set up. I have restored many tanks
>with white scale before. My soft water eventually dissolves it over time.
>Any minor build up under the silicone remains there forever. If I could
>have bought the tanks including lights for $10.00 each I think that I would
>have saved myself the work. But the best price for 5.5 gal tanks around
>is about $10.00 each. this compared to the $7.00 total.
>Who makes the tanks you are referring to? Do the bulbs come with them? It
>all sounds too good to be true.
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