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Alternerative Rimless Tanks

I am not willing to pay the ADA price and I have waited about 5-6 months for the 33gal tank from GLA. I have heard about Glass Cages, but they didn't have the best reviews. The same can be said Mr. Aqua sometimes. What is left?

I thought that as a last resort I could get cut glass and hire a tile person or something to do an awesome silicon job. I could do it myself, but I would rather have a professional do it.

Any suggestions or comments would be welcome!
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Look into Mr Aqua more. No one I have heard of has had problems. The silicon job on mine was really good. I love my 18 cube and they are way way cheaper than the ADA stuff.
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+1 for the Mr. Aqua, check them out..
http://www.marinedepot.com/Mr._Aqua_...FIAQRA-vi.html

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try Miracles Aquariums

Salt water people seem to really like that company for rimless tanks, so I just ordered my new tank from them.
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When I looked Mr. Aqua up there were tons of reviews saying the edges weren't flush and stuff like that. I guess people only say the negative. I was also a little apprehensive because I would have to order it online, so I can't see what I am getting. I will look into it more. When I visit a bigger city I can see if the lfs have Mr. Aqua.
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Oh I can look into miracles aquariums too. What are there prices like, it isn't listed?
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I second Miracles Aquariums. I really like my tank from them.

You can also try to get a Lee Mar tank through a local LFS. I know Aquatouch in Phoenix can get them. Heard good things about 'coast to coast aquariums' as well. When I was looking at rimless tanks last year the prices in the US were all about the same and shipping was a killer. Lee Mar is in Cali, though, maybe cheaper for you.
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Thanks everyone for their suggestions. Are there any other kinds of rimless tanks?
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There are rimless acrylic tanks, they have great clarity but they are not any cheaper and even medium sizes require eurobracing to prevent bowing.
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I have a glasscages tank but it is built in to a wall. I don't think I would want it as a display tank without the trim etc. I've built around it...

It holds water like a champ but it's not a work of art by any stretch.
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The only other company that makes seams about as well as ADA that I've seen is Elos but they are just as expensive.

You might want to try your local fish shop and ask them if they can get a custom tank made for you. I ordered mine through them and it was pretty nice. One of the seams was a little sloppy at the top but turn the tank around and you won't see it.

The Mr. Aqua tanks are pretty nice for the money. Not ADA quality but not bad at all for a cheaper alternative. If slightly mismatched panels are going to kill it for you, then honestly, I would just buy an ADA/Elos tank. Even a custom tank builder will charge you quite a bit if you insist the seams are perfect.

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Doesn't Oceanic have rimless tanks now?
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Doesn't Oceanic have rimless tanks now?
Oceanic makes a very nice 57 gallon tank that has no top rim, but it does have a bottom rim. They look great, but were hard to get about a 18 months ago.

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I was going to buy the GLA tank $189, but it has been 6 months. I tried pm-ing, emailing, and calling but no response. That is why I am looking else where. I will probably upgrade to ADA or downgrade to Mr. Aqua. I'll wait another month for GLA, but after that I will get something else.

My lfs doesn't sell many tanks mostly high quality fish. I could ask for them to order one, but I bet I could get it cheaper myself.
Thanks everyone!
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Get on their forum, http://www.aquaticplantenthusiasts.com/. Orlando is an active moderator there. I just order some ferts from GLA and it got to my house within 3 days...


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