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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-20-2016, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Good buy... or no?

So I was browsing around at Petsmart today and came across their Top Fin 50 gallon tank. It's 48x12x18. I do really like the dimensions. It was on clearance for 60% off due to not having the crappy light hood that it normally came with and was already on sale for 116 dollars on top of that, so it only came out to 49 dollars. Quite a good deal.

Only thing that worries me is these tanks not being very well made. Anyone here ever had any problems with them? All the seams and everything looked good though. I'm just concerned about it coming crashing down off my stand one day. It did also say on the receipt under the discount amount "damaged," but I couldn't find anything wrong with it so far and it looked like it hadn't been filled up before. Could it have been possible that the light fixture that came with the setup originally was damaged so that's why it was marked as such?

What do you guys think? I already currently have an Aqueon 55 gallon tank that I have no problems with at all. But moving recently, I'd like to start out fresh with a new tank since I already have the stand and everything. Not sure if I trust the 50G tank though and wonder if I should just return it and avoid any issues.
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I bought TWO tanks from top fin , ya, they were good for about a year , yes both of them, but when my plants finally established themselves and i got a carpet, they busted a seam!

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I planted one tank, it busted a seam. I got angry , returned the tank and replaced it only to have the new one bust on me a year later

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Stick with aquarium master brand tanks , or other referd brands from the forum

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Top fin tanks are made by AGA. Petsmart just has there name put on them. I have 2-75g TopFin tanks that have been in service now for close to 10 years. Been moved multiple times, rescaped, and any other means of rearranging you can think of and have never had an issue. It's the tetra brand and the other brand petsmart carries, great something that use thinner glass.


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Dang this scares me. I don't think I've known the brand/ manufacturer of any of the tanks I've had.
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Top fin tanks are made by AGA. Petsmart just has there name put on them. I have 2-75g TopFin tanks that have been in service now for close to 10 years. Been moved multiple times, rescaped, and any other means of rearranging you can think of and have never had an issue. It's the tetra brand and the other brand petsmart carries, great something that use thinner glass.
An associate at the store told me they were just made by Petsmart, not AGA. Anyways problem solved anyways. I returned this tank. Not dealing with it.
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There are only a couple mass manufacturers of glass aquariums, Aqueon/AGA and Marineland/Perfecto. Aqueon is part of a larger network of companies owned by Central Aquatics. They also own brands such as Oceanic, Kent, Corallife, Zilla among others.
On the other side is Marineland, owned by United Pet Group. They also own Tetra, Jungle, Instant Ocean among others.
By comparison over the years, Aqueon/AGA has always had a better reputation for producing higher quality "brand name" tanks.
The easiest way to tell who a tank is made by is to check the fit of the glass tops. Aqueon and Marineland use different standard sizes to fit their trim. This was probably done in order to tell the difference for warranty purposes between manufacturers.
TopFin tanks use Aqueon glass tops and carry a lifetime warranty. As for Petsmart's other brand, Great Choice, I would venture to guess they are rebranded Tetra tanks. Based solely on my observation of the two.
I did this research a few years ago because I was having trouble finding glass tops for a 150g tall tank. The tank didn't have any markings or tags. I went through 3 sets of tops before I found the right ones. The tank it turns out, is a AGA tank. The guy at the LFS swore it was a Marineland, ordered a set of tops, they didn't fit. Then a set of Perfecto, no go. Ordered a set of AGA tops under protest, saying he wouldn't take them back if they didn't fit because it wasn't something he stocked. The lids fit perfect. He admitted his confusion to be in his belief that woodgrain trim was a Marineland thing.
Long story, but in the end, it's amazing the little things that can make all the difference.
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That's crazy. I wish a 50 gallon long was a more common size. I've also seen someone that had a 45 long but pretty much had very similar dimensions.

40 long tanks are so uncommon too.
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