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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:30 pm Post subject: Help me to decide a fresh water tank Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 Am  a  newbie.  Just  went  to  buy  my  first  tank,  but  there  were  2  different  tank  types
 
 Imported  and  the  normal  one.
 
 Please  help  me  what  is  the  different  between  the  two.  Imported  seem  to  be  10  times  the  cost  of  the  normal  one.  Is  there  any  advantage  between  the  two  or  simply  cosmetic  purpose.  
 
 thanx  in  advance.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:43 pm Post subject: Re: Help me to decide a fresh water tank Reply with quote

 Just  go  for  the  regular  one,  much  cheaper.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:50 pm Post subject: Re: Help me to decide a fresh water tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hi  All,
 Am  a  newbie.  Just  went  to  buy  my  first  tank,  but  there  were  2  different  tank  types
 
 Imported  and  the  normal  one.
 
 Please  help  me  what  is  the  different  between  the  two.  Imported  seem  to  be  10  times  the  cost  of  the  normal  one.  Is  there  any  advantage  between  the  two  or  simply  cosmetic  purpose.  
 
 thanx  in  advance.                
Hi,
 
 Our  regular  custom-made  tanks  will  be  more  durable  for  long-term  compared  to  those  chinese/taiwanese  tanks.
 Please  update  your  location  in  profile  &  briefly  introduce  yourselves  in  this  thread  -  Self  Introduction.
 
 Welcome  to  IAH  &  enjoy  your  stay  here.  Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 1:28 pm Post subject: Re: Help me to decide a fresh water tank Reply with quote

 welcome  to  IAH  kumar...lucky  that  you  are  in  chennai..loads  of  experienced  hobbyists  here  in  chennai(please  count  me  out).
 
 Go  for  custom  made  tanks.lighter  on  the  pocket  as  well  as  durable.
 As  far   as   i  know,  imported  tanks  are  more  on  the  cosmetic  side  as  you  mentioned.The  curved  glass  and  all  the  attached  stand  and  hood  makes  the  finish  look  more  elegant  (custom  made  tanks  are  also  nonetheless  elegant).
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:03 pm Post subject: Re: Help me to decide a fresh water tank Reply with quote

 Those  curves  will  produce  distortion.  moreover,  it  may  not  be  glass  and  would  scratch  very  easily.  Just  go  for  the  regular  Cuboid  type  that  can  be  made  to  your  specs  locally.  Let  us  know  if  you  have  made  up  your  mind.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:57 pm Post subject: Re: Help me to decide a fresh water tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Kumar,
 
 I  was  in  the  same  fix  till  a  month  back  when  I  bought  my  tank.  So  here  is  my  experience:
 
 1.  The  moulded  tanks  look  elegant  but  I  did  not  feel  they  justified  the  cost.  So,  I  got  a  simple  glass  one  made.  When  I  look  at  it  now,  with  all  the  lights  and  fish  inside  it,  I  do  not  even  notice  the  edges  which  are  flat.  Hence,  the  curve  or  the  lack  of  it   does  not  seem  to  bother  me.
 
 2.  The  standard  tank  with  5  pieces  of  glass  pasted  together  will  cost  you  a  fraction.  Also,  in  case  of  any  breakage  you  will  need  to  replace  only  the  glass(es)  that  are  damaged.  In  the  moulded  one,  you  will  have  to  replace  the  tank  as  you  cannot  repair  it.
 
 3.  Try  and  get  the  tank  made  separately  and  buy  all  the  items  required  as  per  your  choice  on  an  item  wise  rates.  You  LFS  will  try  to  give  you  the  entire  set  for  a  certain  amount,  but  I  have  noticed  that  cost  is  higher  than  the  sum  cost  of  all  items  put  together  individually.
 
 4.  Try  for  a  wooden  hood.  I  have  a  fiber  one  which  looks  tacky.  Also,  since  it  is  not  attached  to  the  tank  through  hinges  or  a  base,  it  is  unstable  and  creates  a  problem  while  feeding  or  when  you  need  to  open  the  hood.  It  just  sits  there  like  a  cap.  The  wooden  one  will  cost  similar  to  or  marginally  higher  than  the  fiber  one.
 
 5.  I  would  suggest  you  go  through  the  various  threads  on  the  site  and  get  a  good  knowledge  about  various  things  you  may  need:  substrate,  filter,  aerator,  decorations,  hoods,  fish  etc.  This  will  help  avoid  unnecessary  expenditure  on  the  things  that  you  may  not  need  or  will  need  to  replace  since  they  do  not  fit  into  your  plan.
 
 Cheers!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:45 pm Post subject: Re: Help me to decide a fresh water tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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   The  wooden  one  will  cost  similar  to  or  marginally  higher  than  the  fiber  one.
 
                 

 
 The  problem  is  that  wooden  hoods  do  not  come  pre-made.  They  are  always  made  to  order.  Because  of  this  and  because  of  the  fact  that  there  is  not  much  work  for  a  carpenter  to  make  your  aquarium  hood  you  are  extorted  a  good  sum  of  money.  I  actually  paid  1800  rupees  for  mine!  I  know  it  is  a  loot  but  I  had  no  choice.  In  the  end  I  also  ended  up  painting  the  hood  from  inside  as  the  carpenter  did  not  do  a  good  job  Sad  of  painting.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:51 pm Post subject: Re: Help me to decide a fresh water tank Reply with quote

 But  I  must  say  yours  is  amongst  the  neatest  done  hoods  I  have  ever  seen..  In  terms  of  size  accuracy  as  well  as  neatness..
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:54 pm Post subject: Re: Help me to decide a fresh water tank Reply with quote

 I  heard  from  a  friend  that  he  bought  wooden  hood  from  a  shop  in  Delhi..  I  am  yet  to  go  there  and  check  it  out.  But  if  something  is  available  in  Delhi,  it  must  be  in  other  cities  also..
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:11 am Post subject: Re: Help me to decide a fresh water tank Reply with quote

 Thanks  Kapil.  Delhi  is  Delhi.  Pune  is  kind  of  a  loot  place.  Other  Puneites  would  agree.  Everything  here  is  at  crazy  prices  and  people  even  don't  feel  any  shame  asking  for  such  prices.  Anyway  ...  nothing  to  do  with  fishes,  so  period.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:52 am Post subject: Re: Help me to decide a fresh water tank Reply with quote

 Thanx  guys  for  your  valuable  suggestions,am  planning  to  purchase  the  normal  one  by  this  weekend  and  will  write  my  purchase  experience  once  done.A  little  bit  about  me....am  IT  consultant  from  chennai  and  i  reside  in  PeriyarNagar  (near  to  perambur  loco  works  station),  by  the  way  this  forum  is  rocking,  keep  up  the  good  work  guys.
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 Thanx  guys  for  your  valuable  suggestions,am  planning  to  purchase  the  normal  one  by  this  weekend  and  will  write  my  purchase  experience  once  done.A  little  bit  about  me....am  IT  consultant  from  chennai  and  i  reside  in  PeriyarNagar  (near  to  perambur  loco  works  station),  by  the  way  this  forum  is  rocking,  keep  up  the  good  work  guys.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:34 pm Post subject: Re: Help me to decide a fresh water tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Kumar,
 
 Before  you  buy,  I  would  suggest  you  decide  on  the  kind  of  fish  you  want  to  keep  and  where  do  you  want  to  keep  it..
 This  will  define  the  size  of  the  tank  required..
 
 I  bought  a  bowl  in  mid  feb  which  was  replaced  by  1.5  feet  aquarium  in  mid  March  which  was  replaced  with  3  feet  aquarium  late  march  as  I  did  not  like  the  smaller  one..  Trust  me  it  is  hugely  inconvenient..  So,  try  and  decide  the  size  beforehand..
 
 PS:  I  want  an  even  bigger  one  Smile
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 Kumar,
 
 Apart  from  price,  think  about  the  following:
 
 a)  Maintenance  is  difficult  if  you  have  a  moulded  planted  tank,  you  will  not  be  able  to  reach  all  parts  of  the  tank  after  lifting  the  front  flap  alone.
 b)  Cooling  by  evaporation  is  ~nil  (by  default)  in  a  moulded  tank  and  hence  switching  on  lights  for  plants  may  increase  the  temparature.  Non-planted  tanks  are  OK,  as  you  may  not  need  a  long  photo-period  or  reduce  the  wattage  to  bare  minimum  for  display.
 
 Having  said  the  above,  it  is  worth  spending  the  money  for  the  looks,  the  convenience  of  built-in  filters  etc.
 
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 Tanks  and  hoods  are  not  a  problem  here  in  Chennai.  Almost  all  the  shops  I  see  have  tanks,  and  also  the  stand  and  hoods  to  fit  them.  Only  problem  would  be  the  lighting  setup  as  we  would  have  to  address  it  ourselves.  Some  of  the  shopkeepers  help,  but  most  dont.
 
 For  the  tank,  Kumar,  I'd  suggest  you  think  through  and  decide  the  exact  purpose  of  your  wanting  to  set  this  up.  I  have  recently  met  atleast  three  different  people  recently  who  decided  that  they  want  to  keep  fish,  went  to  the  nearest  shop  and  got  a  decent  sized  tank,  and  had  selected  various  fishes  by  the  dozens  whatever  they  thought  would  fit  in  the  tank.  The  highlight  was  when  one  commented  about  getting  a  couple  of  this  small  but  fanciful  fish  that  caught  his  attention  to  keep  in  a  small  moulded  tank.  Only  later  I  realized  he  was  talking  about  oscar  juveniles.  It  is  most  appreciable  that  you  decided  to  research  in  the  internet  and  check  in  the  forum  also.
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