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Today 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.
Today 05:09 PM
mrpixel Looks good Blackheart. Start a journal on the progress of the setup. What are you think of using for filtration?
Today 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.
Today 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.
03-22-2015 05:31 AM
Maechael I vote if reasonable on price, and if it looks fine to your eye go for it.
Can't hurt to ask if they have a client portfolio, or even if they have a tank on display.
Best of luck with it.

Yukon, glad someone gave you some answers, what size tank are you resealing?



Considering buying up some plants and breeder level guppies/ cories.
03-22-2015 01:00 AM
GMYukonon24s I've never bought an aquarium but I went to Great Lakes Aquariums since it was like 5 minutes from my work. I picked up silicone and they answered my questions for me resealing my tank.
03-22-2015 12:42 AM
Blackheart Do you think their safe to buy from?
03-21-2015 03:37 AM
Maechael Look at your tanks, 1/4 inch should be fine for anything under 18 inches tall I think.
My 18 gallon has 1/4 inch glass, I think my 55s are 1/2, and my 110 is 5/8s.


Blackheart, looked up the brand on facebook, looks like a guy in his "shop" but his tanks look just like my 55s.
03-20-2015 10:41 PM
Blackheart It says they make their tanks out of 1/4" Glass. I don't know if that's good or not.
03-20-2015 06:57 PM
Maechael Very well could be, I try and find my list with info.
I know that the tank making thing is usually quality if they offer low iron, or extra glass, as these products are too expensive for cash grab start ups.


Anyone else have Michigan made aquarium experience?
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