Due to the overwhelming nature of these 50% Off Sale (formerly known as the Dollar Per Gallon sale) events that Petco has been putting together, we have decided that it would be smart to condense all of the possible dates into one section for a future reference on when they may appear. Although many other retailers have adopted such a sale (they may call it something else), this is when nationwide almost all Petco stores (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) have this sale going on. Normally during the middle of this sale, they will have an aquatic event, where many of their fish, plant, and decorations will also go on a massive discount for days.
Currently, the only tank sizes that are being sold during this event for the sales price include the 10 gallons, 20 gallons, 29 gallons, while the larger tanks ranging from 40 gallons breeder, 55 gallons, 75 gallons, and 90 gallons are 50% during the sale. Instead of all tanks costing $1/gal as they previously were during the old sale event name, it has been rebranded to be the "50% off sale" where all tanks are now 50% of their original price.
In the past, these sales were supplied by Tetra, however, due to customer complaints, these sales moved over back to Aqueon (who was the original supplier when Petco had this sale event idea). These sales do not include any kits, and therefore the tanks that are the sales price will not include anything extra besides just the tank. Sadly due to location-wise, Hawaii and Alaska are excluded from these sales due to the shipping cost required to make it to these states.
In more recent years it appears that other major retailers including Petsmart are also incorporating this sale event into their marketing for Aqueon, and sometimes their own branded tanks as well. This may or may not be due to the fact of many of these retailers have a price match guarantee, in which they will match the price of an item if it is the same brand and same size (and due to how popular Aqueon brand tanks are, they are forced to follow their policies). Check with your local retailer to see if they have such a guarantee since it is a great way to score one of these tanks if a Petco is not located near where you live.
As of February 28, 2021, Petco has changed the marketing material to state that this is now a 50% sale vs. $1/gal for all of the Aqueon open-top tanks. They also have included more than just the standard Aqueon tanks, and now include some frameless, rimless, and edglit tanks.
To provide all of the dates (past, present, and future) we needed to have a way to distinguish them apart. Any rumored dates will be in italics, valid and verified sale dates will be in bold, and past dates will be included in the spoiler area below.
Next Sale Dates
February 27 - April 1 2023
Previous Sale Dates
December 27 2022 - January 28 2023
November 20 - November 27 2022
September 27 - November 2 2022
September 2 - September 5 2022
June 28 - August 1 2022
May 31 - June 28 2022 (20% open-topped tanks that are the 40 gallon breeder or bigger)
May 3 - May 30 2022
February 27 - March 27 2022
January 9 - February 6 2022 (One Time Event - Marketing from 50% open-topped tanks to 30% off open-topped tanks - MUST BY ONLINE & PICKUP IN STORE ONLY)
November 7 - November 28 2021
October 3 - October 31 2021
July 18 - August 23 2021
May 2 - May 31 2021
February 28 - March 28 2021 (Start of marketing from $1/gal to 50% open-topped tanks only - MUST BUY ONLINE & PICKUP IN STORE ONLY)
December 27 2020 - January 30 2021 (Additional Online Deal: All tanks are an additional 10% off - MUST BUY ONLINE & PICKUP IN STORE ONLY)
November 1 - November 29 2020 (Additional Online Deal: All tanks are an additional 10% off - MUST BUY ONLINE & PICKUP IN STORE ONLY)
July 12 - August 22 2020 (Additional Online Deal: All tanks are an additional 10% off - MUST BUY ONLINE & PICKUP IN STORE ONLY)
March 5 - April 12 2020
December 29 2019 - February 1 2020 (Additional Online Deal: 10, 20, and 29 tanks only - MUST BUY ONLINE & PICKUP IN STORE ONLY)
September 29 - November 16 2019
July 7 - August 24 2019
March 3 - March 30 2019
December 26 2018 - February 2 2019
September 30 - November 17 2018
July 15 - August 18 2018
April 22 - May 13 2018
March 18 - April 31 2018
January 14 - February 4 2018
October 15 - November 12 2017
June 25 - August 6 2017
April 2 - April 30 2017 (10, 20, and 29 tanks only, 40, 55, and 75 are only 50% off event change)
December 24 2016 - January 28 2017
September 25 - November 5 2016 (75 tanks started to be included)
June 26 - August 6 2016
March 27 - May 9 2016
December 27 - January 23 2016 (Switch from Tetra to Aqueon)
September 27 - November 7 2015
June 25 - August 8 2015
March 28 - April 20 2015
December 28 - January 24 2015
September 28 - October 11 2014
June 29th - July 11th 2014
March 20 - March 31 2014
December 26 - January 24 2014
September 1 - September 21 2013
July 3 - July 28 2013
March 31 - April 12 2013
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