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  1. Default Selling tanks gravel question

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    I will be selling my 20 and 30 gallon tanks on ebay later this week for local pick up only. If you were buying a tank and picking it up in person, would you prefer the gravel be in the tank or out? Both tanks have the dirty gravel in them now. I'm not sure if I should turn the tanks on their sides and give them a hose out cleaning with the gravel inside and leave the gravel in. The alternative is to spend a long time scooping out all the gravel and then hosing the inside of the empty tank out. If leaving the gravel in will make it less likely for someone to buy it (ebay with pics) or net me a lower price, I will go through the hassle of removing the gravel. However, then I have to give them a 5 gallon bucket too to hold the gravel. Any advice will help. Thx.

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    your better bet would be CL sell the 20 for 30 and the 30 for 40....
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    since you are making it local pick up only.

    i'd clean it out and put the gravel in a bucket.

    As a buyer-i would want the cleanest tank possible and clean gravel. If I had to do that work, i'd negotiate the price down more than you'd like. :)
    If you can get a buddy-it'll take ya 10minutes to clean it. I recently did that w/ my 45gallon tank.
    Just make sure you remove the gravel PRIOR to moving the tank. don't want to risk anything funky and crack/scratch some glass

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    Cool thanks for the reply! Looks like I'll be scooping gravel, hosing, and taking new pics today. Oh I have one more question, I am going to be selling my 3 large red lava rocks separately. I soaked them all night in bleach water in a bucket in my bathtub because they had alot of green algae on them. This morning I filled the bucket 3 times with clearn water rinsing them out. I then added a heavy dose of water conditioner to get rid of the bleach in the rocks. Should I leave that sit overnight too with the conditioner in there? It's been in for 5 hours now. I'd like to use that bucket for the gravel if its okay to remove the lava rocks now. THx.

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    I have one more very important question. The 30 gallon has a nice big oak stand with a shelf below. I had the 20 gallon set up under the 30 gallon in the stand. Should I sell the 20 and the 30 gallon tanks with the stand all in one auction? If you were a buyer, would you want to buy both tanks? If I just list the 30, I might not be able to sell the 20. However, if i combine them the guy who buys it might only want the 30 and I'll be giving him the 20 for free... decisions decisions. Or I could list the 20 separately and try to ship it somewhere. I just thought of the last option, sell the 20, 30, and stand all separately. Someone might want the stand and not the tanks. Hmmm.
    Last edited by Fateswarning; 04-08-2013 at 06:20 PM.

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    I'd prefer out but I've also turned down a deal once because the gravel removal was done so badly it scratched up the tank something terrible.

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    I would rather see the gravel in a bucket than in the tank. Whenever I buy a used tank, I look closely at the silicone to make sure all the seams are holding up, none of it's peeling or dried out. Also often get the seller to fill the tank with water to make sure there are no leaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genocidex View Post
    your better bet would be CL sell the 20 for 30 and the 30 for 40....

    Craigslist would be the better bet. List it all in one ad with a take it all price as well as an individual piece price. Definitely take the gravel out.
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