ATO tank prices... what the frak!?

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Anyone know why the price of just a small 5 gal ATO storage tank is so frikin high? $200+ for a 5 gal? really? $300+ for 10 gal???
WHY???
I know they are made from acrylic but is that material really that expensive or what??
I honestly cannot tell you other than people wanting a sexy acrylic box that matches their sexy acrylic sump.

5 & 10 gallon Petco aquarium hold the same amount of water for less than a lunch at shake shack.
 
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this is mine and it ain't Ghetto, at least I dont think so
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I use a Pet Food storage container called a Vittles Vault for ATO container. Holds 50# of dryfood, or about 13 gallons of liquid (RODI water). It has a 14" square footprint.
It has a big screw on top (gamma seal lid) that makes filling and installing a pump easy. 100% food grade plastic (BPA and BPS free)
I've checked TDS in the container and even sent the water out for an ICP RODI test and it all came back clear.
Been using it for about a year now with no issues. Cost me $40 at petco.
 
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I’d like a matching acrylic ATO container, but the pet food container doesn’t look bad, has been working without any issues for almost 4 years, and only cost $10.
 

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Anyone know why the price of just a small 5 gal ATO storage tank is so frikin high? $200+ for a 5 gal? really? $300+ for 10 gal???
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I know they are made from acrylic but is that material really that expensive or what??

There is more then just acrylic to build one, CNC router to cut the material, laser to etch the markings on it, custom sized to fit your stand, custom colors if you want them.

You can purchase standard size ATO acrylic container for less then you stated.

I used a 13 gallon dog food container in a closet.
 
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There is more then just acrylic to build one, CNC router to cut the material, laser to etch the markings on it, custom sized to fit your stand, custom colors if you want them.

You can purchase standard size ATO acrylic container for less then you stated.
that is somewhat true. I just found an ATO tank on BRS for about $110, but still. over $100 to me, just seems way high. I guess I'm a Cheap **** huh :)
 

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Maybe most do but, not everyone. I simply do not have the space to hide it.

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I'm in the same boat, I have no room in my stand so I got a nice acrylic one. to put on the side. Not to mention my lady didn't want a home depot bucket in the corner of the house lol.
 
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crazy right. but each to the own. I have been using dallor per gallon tanks for my ATO res for years go chep lid is 1/4" plate glass with the corner cut off for the tubing.

my nano is using a 10 gal and my reef is using a 29H. but will be moving to a 50 gallon barrel if I even get my mixing and AWC station built.

in a pinch you got an extra tank too if you need it.
 
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