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Neatfish 10-05-2012 02:49 AM

ADA tanks???
I was just wondering what is so special about ADA tanks?

MCHRKiller 10-05-2012 03:03 AM

No idea personally...sure they are clear and rimless but just not worth the price IMO. Especially with so many great cell cast acrylic tank builders floating around.

Neatfish 10-05-2012 03:47 AM

They are nice tanks but I agree can't spend that much on a small tank. Thought this was a cool video.

GeToChKn 10-05-2012 03:57 AM


Originally Posted by MCHRKiller (Post 2033062)
No idea personally...sure they are clear and rimless but just not worth the price IMO. Especially with so many great cell cast acrylic tank builders floating around.

Some people don't like acrylic. It scratches easy among other things.


Originally Posted by Neatfish (Post 2033045)
I was just wondering what is so special about ADA tanks?

Part of it is the name brand you are paying for. The other is the little things. Look at your video you posted and look at the silicone. It's perfect. It's not almost perfect, its not a thick link on either side of the glass like any mass produced tank. The glass is clear. It's perfect glass. It's not glass mass produced tanks buy when the manufacture says it's 85% defect free, and they say good enough. This is like 99% defect free. It's perfect. The cuts on the glass aren't close or almost flush or mostly smooth. They are exact, they are flush, they are smooth and not rough.

Once you do a few tank, it's not rocket science to cut and glue 5 pieces of glass together and even easier to make a machine do it and most for most people, that's good enough but to take it to the level of doing one perfect, is something else.

FYI, I don't have a ADA tank, not would I probably buy one because that's not my personality type, to care about those things, and to me a $100 tank or $20 tank is the same to breed some cherry shrimp in, but seeing some in person, I can appreciate the work and craftsmanship and if I had a perfectly planted showroom tank in my sitting room, I would get one. They are nice looking. Instead I'll still with petstore 10 and 20 gal's stacked in my bedroom. lol.

Centromochlus 10-05-2012 04:16 AM

For the smaller versions, i think it's definitely worth going with ADA. Anything above a 90P seems to get pricier than having a tank custom-made with the same specs though.

You're paying for low-iron glass, clean silicone, excellent craftsmanship, and definitely the ADA brand name. You must see one in person to appreciate what great tanks they are.

if_fishes_were_wishes 10-05-2012 09:14 PM

For one, they have tanks with unique dimensions. I want a 60-f so bad, but it's $110 for an 8.9 gallon tank! I love that it's 2 ft long, but shallow, so it's wider than it is tall. If Mr. Aqua made a tank with those dimensions (24" x 12" x 6"?) I'd be all over it. I really don't care about the glass quality - I have a 12 gallon long by Mr. Aqua that suits me just fine even though it's not the best glass there is. Not a priority for me. Do!Aqua has the 60-f in lower quality glass but of course they're out of stock :P

To me, ADA means top quality glass plus unique dimensions.

stevenjohn21 10-05-2012 09:40 PM

Its suppose to be the Armani, Ferrari of fish tanks, but i dont see myself getting one with those price tags ! De-rimmed 10 gallon tank from walmart =$10..... FTW !

if_fishes_were_wishes 10-05-2012 09:58 PM

Yeah, a de-rimmed 10 gallon is sounding better and better! I could even get a nice light, plus an Aquaclear filter for less than the price of the 60-f ADA tank. They sure are nice tho, but too rich for my blood.

styxx 10-05-2012 11:20 PM

They're definitely expensive but as like so many things in life, you do get what you pay for. I believe that the quality outweighs the cost up to the 90 P. Over the 90P tank size becomes so prohibitively expensive that it really no longer justifies the cost even though the quality remains exceptional.

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MCHRKiller 10-06-2012 08:00 AM

I bought my mom an ADA Mini-L for her is nice, and yeah the glass is low iron. It is a nice little tank, I will never see the hype with them tho. My Seaclear tanks are more clear, and honestly have a more pleasing look IMO. Acrylic isnt really that easily scratched if you are careful and only use appropriate its an easy fix if you do scratch it unlike glass :)

Geniusdudekiran 10-06-2012 11:33 AM

If you're not one for luxury goods, skip it.

However, there's no contest between an ADA Mini L and a de-rimmed 10 gallon. To each his own, though.

if_fishes_were_wishes 10-06-2012 02:04 PM

It's not a contest, you've got that right. $10 vs $100. It's apples and oranges really. But, some of us don't care!

I'd love a Ferrari, but my VW suits me just fine. Even my Mr Aqua with its "poor" glass is perfect to me. Yes, to each their own. My fiancÚ would think I was crazy if I paid that much for a tank! I was even considering it, but common sense wins if you don't have that kind of loot laying around. Shipping was another $50 :( I'm fine with settling.

Centromochlus 10-06-2012 03:36 PM

Honestly, an ADA tank is a piece of art. You're paying for the high quality materials and craftsmanship, just like you would a handmade piece of pottery. There is absolutely no comparison between a de-rimmed standard 10G and a Mini-L, and its naive to make such a comparison. Not to mention that tanks with rims aren't structurally made to be rimless, which is why they have a brace in the first place... why anyone would de-rim one, regardless of size, is beyond me.

somewhatshocked 10-06-2012 03:43 PM

Yep, you're paying for aesthetics, quality and even customer service - particularly if you order from one of the TPT forum sponsors.

For me, personally, I want something that looks clean, modern and pristine if I've got a show tank in a living space. I usually go with ADA or Mr. Aqua (for the cheap, long 12gal) for small tanks. There's a world of difference in appearance when it comes to showing off what you love.

For a standard tank rank in my fish room that not everybody sees and that my other half doesn't have to look at all day long? $1 per gallon rimmed tanks all the way, hands-down.

Neatfish 10-06-2012 03:50 PM

I'm guessing it would be nice if you had it as a show tank but when I'm the only on looking at it no thanks. If it was a gift I'll take it.

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