View Full Version : price on used tank?

10/31/2009, 05:43 PM
its a 180 gallon aquarium, oceanic systems with dual overflows, tank and stand only for $800. I was going to offer $500 for it.

do you think you can get a better deal on a 180 with stand? thanks

10/31/2009, 05:55 PM
I think (unfortunately) the average price for a used tank is about $1 a gal...more for reef ready, more for starphire glass. stands really depend on quality/condition, and if matching hood is included. $500 for the set up, sounds very fair for both parties. If its what you what, and in good condition, don't lose the deal for a few hundred!

10/31/2009, 05:57 PM
Depends on the stand. I've seen some sorry looking stands and some killer looking stands. Right now is a really bad time for sellers and a better time for buyers. Not sure what the retail is or the condition of the tank to really be able to judge. Compare the cost of this tank to what a new one is also is it all scratched up or need a good cleaning?

10/31/2009, 05:59 PM
Ditto on Albano. You could wait and see about a better deal and find it, or be on the lookout for the next year without coming across a similar setup.

11/03/2009, 08:32 AM
get a new tank. $1 a gallon. you never know what someone did with their used stuff. that could spell disaster for a reef. also, you can build your own stand if you want to save money. its easy.

11/03/2009, 08:39 AM
I will take it for $500. The stand alone probably costs over $300 (in good condition).

11/03/2009, 09:19 AM
Agreed with the above, offer 500 cash, but be willing to go to 650-700 if it is in great shape and has any extras. Can you take a pic of it or send us a pic that you have?

I think I speak for the most of us that we would love to see it to give a better assessment.

11/03/2009, 12:01 PM
Sound logic on the above posts. You should also check and see how long it's been up for sale. If it's been for sale a week, $500 would be a good starting point. If it's just been listed, $600 may be better depending on how bad you want it and how bad the seller wants to get rid of it. Again, seeing it in person and gauging the condition of everything will play the most important role. The age of the tank is important too and hopefully the seller will be honest. Go with your gut and if you ask all the right questions and get sub-par answers, walk away. If it's still up for sale a week or two later, you can always come back and offer less.

11/03/2009, 02:01 PM
Sounds good to me...any pumps, skimmer etc. included as well? Even without it's not a bad price if you can snag it for $500.

11/04/2009, 05:28 PM
I sold a 180 gallon a while back that I had to resilicone it went for $420. with metal stand.
If its a wood stand that is a good deal. Extras make it even better.

11/04/2009, 06:58 PM
take the price new, and cut in half if its in perfect condition.