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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-22-2016, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Wood trim vrs black trim.. repile tank vrs fish tank?

So growing up I was taught:
black trim on a tank= built to handle water pressure aka fish tank.
wood trim on a tank=not built to handle water pressure aka reptile tank, don't fill with water.
Is this still true?
I see a lot of used aquariums for sale on cregslist with wood trim that I shy away from thinking they aren't built to handle water pressure, and being large 100+g tanks I don't' want to buy one that' going to burst when filled because its not built to take the water pressure and leave me with a giant nightmarish mess!

Do any of you have wood trimmed fish tanks (large tanks)? How long have they been running? No bowing/leaks?

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I dont think thats true. I think the wood trimmed tanks are typically a bit older as that was a popular look for a while. I've got an older 55 and 29 with wood grain trim and they are holding up just fine. Although I'm sure some wood trimmed (and some black trimmed) tanks could be reptile tanks. Usually the thickness of the glass is a way to tell for sure.

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Trim is just that, trim. What trim is added depends on what they think will sell the best. Thump the glass to tell if it is thick enough.
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Yea its based on the Glass not the trim. Like PlantedRich said. It is though just a fashion thing really.
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I have a 90G with wood trim. You used to be able to order it as an option, but not 100% sure that's the case anymore. Reptile tanks are noticeably thinner, lighter and have thinner outer (the one inside the tank) silicone beads, if any.

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I have an old 75 with wood trim. While it doesn't have a center brace it is 1/2" glass. Would definitely feel ok filling it with water.

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In MY experience with lots and lots of used aquariums, the wood trim is found on the Oceanic brand of aquariums. I'm sure it's possible that another company made some at some point.
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All of them offered wood trim and most of them still do (Aqueon and Marineland still do).

Wood trim was a looks think and has no effect on functionality.

Typically the way to tell the difference is a tank that was built for reptiles will have a slider in the top trim for a screen, but that is not always the case.

And I would say over 50% of your reptile people are using standard aquariums, especially when you hit 55 and go up.

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