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Types of Aquariums...

Is there really a difference when you buy of reptile tank vs a fish tank? can you use a reptile tank as a fish tank...or is the glass more fragile...? just wondering...


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I thought they were the same thing. It just depends on what you put in them. Of course, there are turtle tanks that don't have as high walls.
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In general you can use a fish tank for a reptile tank, but not a tank that had reptiles or rodents in it for a fish tank. Why? because bacteria and scratches from the reptiles/rodents are not good in an aquarium. For saltwater (not saying this is what you want) you can not use a tank that has ever been treated with copper (commonly used to cure diseases in freshwater fish). Yes, different brands of tanks are more sturdy than others .... if you go to walmart and get a tank for $30 it probably wont be as good as one you get from a Local Fish Store that is the same size, but you pay $100 for it. I have both types of tanks and I can tell the difference between a well made tank and a not well made one. My more expensive one has thicker glass. I could use any of my tanks to house a snake, other a reptile, or rodent if I wanted to, but I would never be able to/want to use it for a fish tank again.
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Also, I think that reptile tanks are wider and fishtanks tend to be longer.
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I once read that reptile tanks are sealed differently and aren't as strong so they shouldn't hold water from long amounts of time. Eventually they start to wear out and might even crack. It depends on the brand, though.

If the tank had reptiles or rodents housed in it already it wouldn't be a good idea anyways.




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I didn't think there was a difference in them...just thought that people called them fish tanks if they had fish and reptile tanks if they had reptiles!




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I didn't think there was a difference in them...just thought that people called them fish tanks if they had fish and reptile tanks if they had reptiles!
Well, in the U.S. at least, they sell both tanks made for reptiles and aquariums for fish. There probably aren't huge differences but they aren't exactly the same either.




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In general you can use a fish tank for a reptile tank, but not a tank that had reptiles or rodents in it for a fish tank. Why? because bacteria and scratches from the reptiles/rodents are not good in an aquarium. For saltwater (not saying this is what you want) you can not use a tank that has ever been treated with copper (commonly used to cure diseases in freshwater fish). Yes, different brands of tanks are more sturdy than others .... if you go to walmart and get a tank for $30 it probably wont be as good as one you get from a Local Fish Store that is the same size, but you pay $100 for it. I have both types of tanks and I can tell the difference between a well made tank and a not well made one. My more expensive one has thicker glass. I could use any of my tanks to house a snake, other a reptile, or rodent if I wanted to, but I would never be able to/want to use it for a fish tank again.
Hope this somewhat answers your question
thank you very much...it did help a lot...i for some weird reason thought the glass thickness was different and that the tank could crack if used for an aquarium...silly isnt it..lol


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I once read that reptile tanks are sealed differently and aren't as strong so they shouldn't hold water from long amounts of time. Eventually they start to wear out and might even crack. It depends on the brand, though.

If the tank had reptiles or rodents housed in it already it wouldn't be a good idea anyways.
lol...guess i should void my other comment about the how i thought that was silly...thats kinda what i was thinking...i have noticed that the reptile tanks are a lot cheaper than the aquarium tanks...so i thought it was for that very reason..i would assume that they are cheaper bc maybe the glass isnt as strong?? since most people dont use a "reptile" tank for their reps to aquatically live in it...lol


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lol...guess i should void my other comment about the how i thought that was silly...thats kinda what i was thinking...i have noticed that the reptile tanks are a lot cheaper than the aquarium tanks...so i thought it was for that very reason..i would assume that they are cheaper bc maybe the glass isnt as strong?? since most people dont use a "reptile" tank for their reps to aquatically live in it...lol
Yeah, I would just go with an actual aquarium. For just the glass tank they aren't that expensive...we bought a 10-gallon at PetsMart for $5. It was on sale but even if it wasn't it wouldn't be more then $10.

It's the filter, heater, lighthood, and everything else that costs a ton of money .




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i was thinking along the lines of 50+...and its just surprising how much more expensive the aquatics are from the reptile ones...


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i was thinking along the lines of 50+...and its just surprising how much more expensive the aquatics are from the reptile ones...
They are expensive =/. But they usually come with a hood and filter which is helpful...or at least the ones here normally do.

I would try to look for a used one...everyone tends to recommend craigslist.com although I haven't had any luck yet in getting a big tank there.

Maybe ask your local fish store if they can sell you a used one...I've known people who have gotten cheap tanks that way.

Fish keeping in general tends to be expensive especially when you get into larger tanks. I want a saltwater aquarium badly but I don't know if that will happen .




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yeah...I know the feeling....and to add to that prob...the lighting has to be special for larger tanks..not to mention finding a table or getting a custom one that will hold the weight..


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yeah...I know the feeling....and to add to that prob...the lighting has to be special for larger tanks..not to mention finding a table or getting a custom one that will hold the weight..
Yeah, lighting is tricky. Since I want to do saltwater I need even brighter lighting and it's really tricky to find the right stuff. Today I looked at tanks in PetCo...I can't believe how expensive they are . I might try PetsMart because they have cheaper tanks...although it's a 45-minute drive.




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Yeah, lighting is tricky. Since I want to do saltwater I need even brighter lighting and it's really tricky to find the right stuff. Today I looked at tanks in PetCo...I can't believe how expensive they are . I might try PetsMart because they have cheaper tanks...although it's a 45-minute drive.
lol, we have the same problems!- i wouldnt get lighting in petsmart, for more than a 10gal tank, bc I have asked these people about proper lighting and my need for stronger light in my bigger tanks...and they sell 15watt flourescent bulbs...that are worthless for bigger than ten gallon tanks! its soo frustrating on finding the right stuff at a reasonable price


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