Nothing Like a New 75 Gallon Aquarium
Hey guys and gals,
If you noticed from my turtle tank setup video I had my turtles living in a 75 gallon aquarium that I bought on Craigslist. This tank that came with a surprisingly fantastic turtle filter, dead coral rocks, and iron stand cost me a measly $75!! The one thing that kept making me itch was my trust in the tank. At 75 gallons the aquarium must support about 627 pounds of water (a pints a pound the world around) That weighs as much as the average snowmobile, 21% of a Mazda 3, or 31 twenty pound dumbbells stacked on each other. With that in mind, I want to be mad sure that the tank can hold that unbelievable weight of water. That’s where I was on the fringe (that’s where I should say, “don’t try this at home?”). The tank I picked up was about 10 years old and not looking a day over 9 years old. The wood style frame was bent and melted where the old owner had a heater, the silicone had been worn away in each corner of the tank, and on one edge, about 4 inches from the bottom there was a chip in the glass that carried through about half way. So you may ask, why in the world did I buy it? Well the answer is, great question. But ever since I bought it I have been worried it would catastrophically fail. I have had nightmares of it exploding when I am at work and that I would come home to my apartment to see a fire truck outside and very angry neighbors hugging their drowned 65 in OLED TV. Can you imagine the awkwardness of the whole situation let alone the cost?!
Luckily for me, PETCO saved the day. They just recently started the $1 per gallon sale for 10G, 20G High and Long, 29G, 40G breeder, 55G annnnnnddddd 75 gallon tanks!! ARE YOU SERIOUS!? I could not possibly pass that deal up. I grabbed my friend, his truck and I raced over to get me one of them cheap, BRAND NEW 75 gallon aquariums. I now have my pristine beauty holding my spoiled turtles safely and securely. I can finally rest easy (after 3 months) and know that my turtle tank is not going to grow into the footprint of my apartment and drip into the inhabitants apartment below.
Bottom line. Although cheap looks great, don’t judge a product by your desires. Buy something that you know will be a good investment in the long run. This includes filters, aquarium stands, and most importantly aquariums. Peace of mind is much cheaper than destroying your apartment building, plus better quality products tend to last longer and perform better anyway!
Good day to you!