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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-18-2014, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Mail ordering an aquarium

No one within driving distance has anything like what I want (basically a 60-P or clone). There is a place in Canada who will ship them but I cant imagine how on earth it would arrive intact, and if it does I'd never know if it was torqued or stressed and wonder if the glass or joints have been weakened.

I know people do get these sort of things shipped. What has been your experience?
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I'm in the same boat. In the middle of rural tennessee with no pet stores nearby. I would also like to know how shipping tanks has worked out for others.
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Give it a try. Insure it. Insurance is cheap on shipping items. Let us know how it worked out if you decide to do it. I am thinking about ordering one in the future myself. It'll be a while though. Good luck.
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Price usually deters me from buying tanks that have to be shipped, especially glass.

Have you checked any classifieds for used aquariums?
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I bought a 28 gallon JBJ nano cube with stand and had them both shipped. No problems. Maybe a little different than buying a bare tank because the JBJ kit was already well packaged. If you're buying a bare tank you have to rely on the seller to package it correctly.
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You have to think they get to the LFS somehow.

Well that's just like.........your opinion man.


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I have purchased 2 seaclear acrylic tanks from fishtanksdirect and have had nothing but good results. Also purchased a small Mr. aqua tank from marinedepot. Its not that big of a deal really, if it arrives broken you get a replacement...not to mention the tanks have warranties.

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Got a truaqua cube delivered perfectly in a massive quantity of packing material. If the seller is reputable, I'd go for it (if they offer a warranty on shipping).
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I've ordered 3 AquaTop tanks from TruAqua (8g,14g, & 8.7g). The first one was shattered by UPS and TruAqua shipped a replacement the same day. The others have arrived with no problems at all.
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You have to think they get to the LFS somehow.
But they get them in quantity on a pallet, by freight truck. Quick a bit different from a single unit being handled by the UPS or the Post Office system.
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Bought a Mr. Aqua 17gal a while ago on Marine Depot and it arrived perfectly. Shipping is really a pain but worth it since I couldn't find in local. I was even surprised on how excellent they packed it. If anything happens, I believe the seller will work something else for you.
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I wouldn't worry about it to much. I work at an lfs, and I can assure you that nobody gives a rats ass when they pack those pallets. Glass is incredibly strong and will really only break from a sharp blow in the middle of a panel. Just pay the $5 for insurance (and peace of mind) and you will be alright.
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Another way to look at it might be from the sellers point. If they are required to replace a lot of them, will they still be selling them to ship? Tells me they don't have a really big loss on shipping---if they are a worthwhile company. Don't go for the E-bay/Amazon knockoff seller, though.
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I've had a Mr Aqua 48g and 12g shipped to me. Both arrived great, no issues. The 48g took long though since it had to shipped on a pallet and through some third party company. All in all though, no issues. They packed the tanks great. Both bought through Marinedepot.
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I ordered an aquarium from GLA and it arrived safe and sound. They packed it in a HUGE box with "fragile", "glass", and "this side up" plastered all over the outside. Inside the big box was tons of packing peanuts and another box. Inside of THAT box was even more packing peanuts and finally the aquarium. The aquarium itself was wrapped in a ton of plastic wrap and also structurally supported with thick cardboard on all four sides. Overall, it was pretty solid packaging. It also took a bit of effort to unbox everything because each box fit pretty snugly inside of the enclosing box.
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