I picked up the tank this morning and here are my impressions so far.
After reading Roundtreesj post
, I was worried that I was going to end up waiting 3 hours for their truck to show up at the meeting point, especially since I called the number of the driver last night to confirm the meeting time. No one answered the cell phone, and it didn't even go to voice mail.
So I drag myself out of bed at 6:30am to make the drive to San Antonio by 9am, which is about 90 miles away. At 8:20am, the driver calls me to let me know he has already arrived, and is instead meeting me 1 mile further down, because there is a problem with the gas station we were going to meet at. I arrive around 8:40 and they load the tank into my car for me. So in regards to delivery/customer service, I'd give them a 9/10. I would have been more at ease if I got a confirmation call or email the night before, or they answered my call, but that is just a minor complaint.
As for the tank itself, I would say that overall, it is sturdy and of pretty good quality. It may not be as impeccable as an ADA tank, but it is also much less expensive, and you have far more options in regards to customization.
There is some excess silicone on the inside near the bottom, and also a small splatter on the outside of the tank. How would I go about removing this? Is it safe to remove the stuff on the inside? Or would it make my tank less structurally sound?
As for the starphire glass, I can definitely notice a difference between the front/side and back panel. If you are not painting the back of your tank, I'd recommend starphire all around, because even with the starphire front, you can see how green the back is, and it gives the illusion that the front and sides are green as well.
My tank is not double reinforced on the bottom. I didn't ask to have it double reinforced, and I was also not asked during the ordering process if I wanted it to be. The edges of the tank are polished/beveled in a fashion similar to my ADA Mini M tank.
Finally, the corner where my right panel meets the back panel is not completely flush, but this doesn't really bother me.
I'm posting pictures below to illustrate everything I've talked about. If anyone has any additional questions or wants to see pictures of something, let me know!
My next step is to paint the back black, and then I will decide on hardscape/plants.