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03-25-2013, 06:37 AM #1
Free Box O'Loot: What did I get?
I hope this landed in an acceptable location as far as the forum goes. I figure since I'm a beginner, and other beginners may run into similar questions, it was appropriate here.
This past week I lucked out on a Craig's List find for a box of aquarium odds and ends as well as a 10g tank. Some of the stuff I recognize, a few things I had questions on, and there are one or two odds and ends that I have no idea what to make of. I was hoping to get some help figuring out exactly what I got, what's worth keeping, and what I should junk. Any insight would be great!
10 Gallon tank w/ homemade plexiglass lid. Looks like I have a QT tank for my 20g!
Homemade under gravel filter screens? Any ideas? Junk 'em?
Assorted chemicals. Do any of these (or others) have a shelf life? Should I toss them, keep them, what?
Air stone. Would this be way too huge for a 20g standard tank?
Last edited by Switchfoot55; 03-25-2013 at 06:45 AM.First 29g Tank: In process
03-25-2013, 06:39 AM #2
A piece of driftwood. Should I re-soak and boil?
Assorted décor items:
Heater close up:
First 29g Tank: In process
03-25-2013, 06:42 AM #3
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that metafix shouldnt expire, those worms id toss just incase. nice find on the heater.
those do look like diy ugf, i would keep them just in case you might want to use oneKING OF THE GOLD BARBS RAWR!!!!
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03-25-2013, 06:45 AM #4
16" working light:
Close up of current light bulb:
Assorted stuff 1. My guess: a bag of 1/4" tube, a tube/air manifold, and a canister sponge? Right or wrong?
Left over odds and ends. Mostly tubing and some old plastic plants:
So, any thoughts. Did I come out with some good stuff, or was it not worth the gas to pick it up?First 29g Tank: In process
03-25-2013, 07:25 AM #5
Good score! 10g just needs a HOB or something and it's off and running. Jagers are FANTASTIC heaters and can heat more than other heaters with the same wattage. Sponge filter could be useful, as could the lights. And nice bit of driftwood -- I'd give it a good boil first.
Are the chemicals open? The test kit should be fine -- just test it against another ammonia test kit before you put any stock in it to make sure it's accurate. The melafix will be fine if it's unopened, if it's opened I'd be a little concerned, anything could have gotten in there. No idea on the water conditioner, and the worms should have an expiry date on them somewhere.
I also spy a worm feeder ring in that box. They're for putting bloodworms in, if you were wondering what it is.
Last edited by Amelia; 03-25-2013 at 07:27 AM.
03-25-2013, 10:12 AM #6
Nice find. You will need a air pump to run the sponge filter and the heater is a old style Jager which isn't fully submersible but there is nothing wrong with that, I have two of them and I would go ahead and replace the bulb in the light since you have no idea on how old it is..
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03-25-2013, 04:28 PM #7
Amelia, I was wondering what that little cone thing was. Good to know that I can use it! All of the chemicals seem to have been opened already. It looks like whomever I got them from got them for a good deal because they all have $.50 stickers on them (that or she tried to sell them at a G-sale and have no takers). I tried the pH kit and it seems to be accurate. I'll have to play around with the conditioner though.
Gadget, from what I've read on the Jager heaters they seem to be a good solid choice. I'm not too worried about fully submergible since I'm just starting out.
As to the light, it's 16", and the bulb says 8000k. Not really sure what that 8k number is all about. Would this even come close to working for a standard 20g planted tank, or is it too small? In other words, just run it on my 10g QT tank?First 29g Tank: In process
03-25-2013, 06:55 PM #8
Homemade undergravel filter looks creative.
You can put whatever size air stone you like in a tank. It's decoration. Normally a hang on back filter or even canister filter will provide more than enough surface agitation to introduce oxygen to the water.
Driftwood just soak it in a bucket of water for a few days. If it doesn't slime up or anything odd, good to go. Probably was used in a fish tank already.
The plastic decor may just want to give it a quick scrub in hot water before using them.
The heater is made by a good company, but with any used heater I like to test them just to be safe. Problems with heaters they may leak voltage, or overheat, etc... Good to test them out in a spare container or fishless tank.
The test kit you can check the expiration code if there is one on it. Most are good for 3 to 5 years.
Toss the food if it's open. No way to tell how long it was opened and if the food is stale.
Melafix might have an expiration date on it.
The item you called a 'canister sponge', is actually a sponge filter. An air pump with an airline hooks up to the the large tube at the bottom or an air stone is added into it. Sponge filters are a great source of biological filtration. I have many tanks that have just sponge filters in them for filtration. They are ideal for quarantine tanks or fry tanks.
The box seems to have some uplift tubes for an undergravel filter.