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Today 07:33 AM
Little Soprano Well I have a 20 year old AGA (now aqueon) and a aqueon 10g. And then some brand of acrylic for my 125 SW. Was in a pet store bought it at Vi Pets for a steal.

I do plan on buying one of their stands so it's a three year full warranty. I'm very much tempted
Today 06:09 AM
Maechael That website can also be a good info dig as well.

I vote that you get what you can afford, what you like and what makes you comfortable.
This is how I select my aquariums, they have to have aesthetics, and be of good condition.

I had one tetra tank and one aqueon tank that leaked, both 10 gallon, both seal tested and returned.
And a 5.5 gallon tetra that tore a seal after 6 months.

Tetra does seem to be the low end.

I have officially begun attempts at breeding!
Today 04:26 AM
fearsome Try the Michigan reefers forums for feedback on great lakes aquarium. I haven't personally used them but I know many there have or have heard of people using them. I have been to their store and looked into buying stuff from them a while back but I became busy and could not find space.
Today 03:38 AM
Blackheart I still really don't trust Tetra brand tanks. I've had both Aqueon and Marineland tanks however with no issues at all.
Today 01:29 AM
Maechael My only local brand is Aquatic America, and I like them, they are what we sell in the store.
My 110 is Modern Aquarium, out of saginaw.

With any box holding water, you will eventually find a bad one.
Aqueon, Tetra, Marineland all make tons of tanks, and by volume few are bad, but they happen.

If a local business loses 1 out of 1000 tanks, that's a much bigger hit than if tetra runs a bad batch of 500.
Personally I would love to support only local companies, but cash limits everyone sometimes.


As for local made tanks, get your local hobbyists, clubs or even your LFS opinion on them. Look for the oldest wisest member of said group, as they will have seen more come and go than most.
Today 12:36 AM
Little Soprano Anyone have experience with Great Lakes Aquariums?

I'm looking into either their 135 Xwide:
48 1/4
30 1/8"
22 1/4
or
160 Xwide
48 1/4
30 1/8"
26 1/4

Their prices are incredibly reasonable, and their stands aren't a bad price too. Plus you can't beat a company that sells a beautiful 36" high stand (hard to find) for $290.

Any good or bad things heard about them? That 160 xwide has some stunning dimensions on it. 30" of depth, I could have a LOT of fun with that.
Yesterday 06:20 PM
Blackheart Thanks Yeah once I get closer to setting it up I will start up a journal.

I will more than likely be using an Aquaclear 70 that I got awhile back. My tank is going to be lightly stocked so that should be enough filtration. I'm still debating on the lighting but Lowes has a 48 inch T8 shop light fixture for 30 bucks. Kinda hard to pass up and it uses two 32 watt bulbs.
Yesterday 05:09 PM
mrpixel Looks good Blackheart. Start a journal on the progress of the setup. What are you think of using for filtration?
Yesterday 05:16 AM
Blackheart No it's about changing my mind lol I already had my mind made up originally! But I had to alter my plans when I kept getting crappy tank after crappy tank... I don't want to have to pay all that for a tank only for it possibly to break or leak six months down the line. At least with the Aqueon I know I'm getting a quality tank

the only difference between my 55 and the other tank is the 50 was shorter which I really liked. Now with the stand I purchased, with the tank fitting into those grooves instead of the top of the tank, it actually sits at the height I like

I already filled it up and it looked good. I probably won't be setting it up til a bit later when it starts getting warm out and staying that way.

Not sure what to stock it with though... I really like Columbian Tetras though. I also like Denison Barbs a lot but I'm not sure that will be enough room for a small school of them.
Yesterday 04:37 AM
Maechael Quick fill it before you change your mind!

Get the cycle going asap.
03-23-2015 08:08 PM
Blackheart Yeah I decided. Sticking with the Aqueon 55. At least I know their dependable tanks and I've never had an issue with them. I could tell an immediate difference as well in how much heavier the Aqueon tank was compared to the Top Fin since Aqueon uses really thick glass.

Speaking of my 55... I purchased a stand today at Kee's on van dyke... Really digging it. I'm really liking this setup. Only cost me 200 bucks. The stand was actually 200, but my father chipped in cause I'm spoiled lol And the tank was only 100. Used is normally cheaper, but I swear there's nothing better than a nice, new, beautiful tank.

My 55 setup...

03-23-2015 05:18 AM
Maechael Blackheart, pick one, breath let a few days go by then spend the money.

Hope you have better luck soon.
03-22-2015 06:39 PM
Blackheart Nah. I'm really frustrated at this point at my wits end. There's only a 2 inch difference in height between this tank and the Aqueon 55 gallon, which is 50 dollars cheaper than the Top fin branded tank I purchased so that's the tank I'm going with.

I'd really like to have a 50 gallon tank, but I'm just done fighting with it now. At least it didn't cost me so much for the setup. 180 bucks for the 55 and the stand. And with selling my 75 a couple weeks ago for 150, I didn't pay much more for this setup so that's good in my books.
03-22-2015 04:00 PM
fearsome You can also ask them about a warranty especially on the seal. I have seen a number of start up aquarium makers have issues with seals including great lakes aquarium. Several years in people start getting leaks. AFAIK great lakes aquarium was willing to reseal or replace the tanks for people. Every aquarium maker will have a random job go bad and the seal will leak some just have it happen less than other and some support the problem and fix it.
03-22-2015 02:53 PM
Blackheart Well, sadly, there's nothing you can really see up front. You pay for the tank, then they build it for you, then you pick it up.
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