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03-27-2015 10:41 PM
Blackheart Wow it's really that much of a pain huh? Yeah not looking really to hang anything. I probably won't go this route anyways since it's so much for the canopy and I've already invested 200 bucks in the tank setup which is really my budget.
03-27-2015 10:24 PM
Little Soprano TBH Blackheart, I have a canopy on my SW tank. While it looks beautiful, and we now have a great system to raise/lower it by, it is a PITA for tank maintenance (well prior to the new ratchets hanging from the ceiling).



Thats what we did two months ago after getting sick of trying to do tank maintenance with a canopy. You can raise it and lower it with one person. Works like a charm.
03-27-2015 05:36 PM
Blackheart
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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.
Good advice. Speaking of which... I'm thinking about purchasing the wooden canopy to match my stand but not really sure if it's worth it considering it's 140 dollars.
03-27-2015 02:39 PM
mrpixel I would suggest going on face book and joining the Michigan fish groups and asking them if anyone has had experience with them.
03-27-2015 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
03-27-2015 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!
03-27-2015 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.
03-27-2015 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.
03-27-2015 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.
03-27-2015 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.
03-26-2015 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.
03-26-2015 05:09 PM
mrpixel Looks good Blackheart. Start a journal on the progress of the setup. What are you think of using for filtration?
03-26-2015 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.
03-26-2015 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...

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