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Selling an established tank

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Lamazeroo · 16/02/2013 18:22

We're going to have to sell our aquarium at some point this year as we are emigrating to Australia. I've been very attached to my lovely fishy community and just want them to go to a good home - but how do I find a good home for a 180 litre planted stocked tank? Do I advertise on gumtree? Anywhere else? Any tips on selling? And any idea how to price it?

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chickensarmpit · 16/02/2013 18:24

eBay would be your best bet. Make the start price low for quick bidders. Take as many pictures as you can too. What tank is it??

Lamazeroo · 16/02/2013 18:40

Ooh I'm not sure about eBay! How could I be picky about who they went to live with? I'd want them to go to a caring knowledgeable home. It's a tropical community - two large angels, a large red tailed shark, two kribs, some danios, hatchets, glass catfish and shrimp. Lovely looking Juwel tank on cabinet; we spent a fortune setting it up and have cared for it impeccably for about five years. Are you interested???

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EauRouge · 16/02/2013 18:54

If you want it to go to a good home then somewhere like Aquarists classified would probably be your best bet. You could also try a local aquatic club or a specialist aquatic forum. Maybe try somewhere like a GP/dentist surgery, nursing home etc.

Ebay would be good for researching prices, if you can find anything similar then just watch and see how much it goes for.

NoWittyName · 16/02/2013 22:16

oooooooh - sounds gorgeous......
....where are you Lamazeroo?
....what sort of price are you thinking?

Lamazeroo · 17/02/2013 08:48

Bristol. Anywhere near you? Would LOVE them to go to a mumsnet home :)

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monkeyfacegrace · 17/02/2013 08:58

Oooh Im just up the M5 in Cheltenham.
Id give your fishies a good home!

Selling an empty tank is MILES easier (I am somewhat of a fish geek)

However, fish tanks have a very small resale value :-(

If you PM me a photo I can price it for you for selling x

Lamazeroo · 17/02/2013 09:26

Oh wow how brilliant is MN! I'm just off to work for the day but will be in touch tonight (as long as non-sleeping toddler goes to bed at some point...)
Thank you!

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notcitrus · 17/02/2013 10:29

Established tanks sell for about 1/3 of empty ones on Ebay.
I got my first tank that way, from a desperate guy moving to Australia the next day. Almost all the fish survived the move.

Can't wait until my kitchen is rebuilt and I can get a new.tank...

EauRouge · 17/02/2013 11:08

A lot of established tanks on ebay have got things like tinfoil barbs and pangasius in them. People realise what they've got on their hands and then try to dump the whole lot :( You do get some bargains on there from people that are selling for genuine reasons.

There are some proper dodgy ones though, some just list the tank and then when the buyer turns up say that they have to take the fish as well or they're getting flushed. I know a couple of people who have had that happen to them.

NoWittyName · 17/02/2013 15:10

:( I'm in Leeds so def no good. x

Lamazeroo · 17/02/2013 23:04

Baby is just not bloody going to sleep tonight, so I'll have to take photos etc. another time. Thanks again for everyone's advice.

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