Originally Posted by FlyingHellFish
George Costanza !!!!!
How new is the tank? I notice some really bad craftsmanship with my 60-P. The seams are not completely straight or there is excess. No idea what the proper term is called but it's the glue that you can touch on the outside. I run my fingers down and feel it. My Fluval Edge 1st generation did not have this, the 2nd gen 12gallons has this.
The older ADA sticker tanks are perfect, everything is completely flush. My newer sticker ADA tank is not something you would expect for the amount of money.
I had the same problem with my 60-P, the back pane was not flush with the others as regards silicon connection, i.e when you feel it it isn't smooth.
I emailed AFA about the problem but they told me they were not going to give me a replacement, full refund or even a partial store credit. Their reason was and I quote:
"As for the fish tank, ADA aquariums goes through strict quality control, all the ADA tanks we sell passed the strict quality control for quality assurance. There is a small allowance for the panels, therefore, even if it is not perfectly flush, it will not interfere with the strength and safty of the fish tank. We are afraid we are unable to provide you credit for the fish tank. "
I guess all the problems began when they switched tank manufacturing from Germany to China.
The claims of better LIG are actually false, true they are clearer than the old ADA German regular glass, but NOT clearer than the old ADA German LIG tanks, I have seen plenty of examples and to compare it would be like looking at Do!Aqua = current ADA vs old ADA glass.
My guess for why they switched manufacturing locations ,easy, to lower labor and material cost and increase profit margin with zero benefit to the consumer.
Funny when the yen was at all time highs the price for ADA products increased here, now the yen has fallen alot since where is our price decrease?
So who makes the best tanks then? I would say ELOS, but I don't really like the black silicone, custom tank makers? Depends on who they are and where you live. ADA is still the best choice regarding availability and price but not perfect in some cases.