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So I actually found a local aquarium manufacturer that you can buy tanks, stands and all kind of different hardware accessories from at wholesale prices, and you pick them up at their warehouse.

I'm assuming that they more than likely build their own tanks... So that makes me wonder... should I trust these guys to purchase a tank from you think? I mean I know there's the big name tanks like Aqueon, Marineland, Tetra etc, but that makes me curious if I bought one of these tanks would I actually get quality and not come home one day to find water all over my floor and the tank broken. They also said they do not make any tanks larger than 55 gallons because they only have access to 1/4" Glass thickness.

what do you guys think?

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I would check with prior clients. Ask to speak with someone who has had one (or more) of their tanks running for a few years. More recent clients may tell you how good they are to do business with (which may be helpful) but you want to know what the failure rate of their tanks is, and that takes a few years to show up.

Very suspicious that they cannot get thicker glass. If they really wanted it, they could get it.
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If he's local, there should be some experience within a local club or aquarium society. That's where I would start rather than ask for references. Nobody is going to put you in touch with an unhappy customer.

Glass Cages was another "smaller" manufacturer. If my fast fading memory serves me right, they are in Tennessee? They were another company that some folks had issues with sloppy silicone work, but from everything I read this was a cosmetic issue and largely a matter of aesthetics. May be worth looking into. Their prices were very much in line, but they delivered tanks to a central location where folks would pick them up. May or may not be convenient.

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I initially was going to say of course you should be able to trust a local manufacturer. Anyone doing this as a profession should be able to put out a tank that'll hold water. Anyone with a decent eye should also be able to make it look nice. Hell, an amateur can make a tank that is structural sound. But if they limit themselves to tanks only 55 gallons or less I'd be a little suspicious. I could understand charging a premium for a larger tank but to claim they cant get glass thicker than 1/4" seems odd to me. Do they work with acrylic at all?
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There are often times when the story we get is not exactly the correct story?
For instance in this case, it may be more a matter of not wanting to do more than they feel they can handle at the time. If they say, "we make custom tanks", they get into a field where they don't feel completely safe. Looking at making up to 55 versus making larger may just be a matter of not having the hands on experience and people to handle the larger. Takes a bigger setup and a bigger guy to handle a 120?
Should we downgrade a company that knows what it can do and wants to stay within that limit?
This is only a theory of course but I would not assume they are bad or good due to this one point. Careful study on all the points involved, yes.
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There are often times when the story we get is not exactly the correct story?
For instance in this case, it may be more a matter of not wanting to do more than they feel they can handle at the time. If they say, "we make custom tanks", they get into a field where they don't feel completely safe. Looking at making up to 55 versus making larger may just be a matter of not having the hands on experience and people to handle the larger. Takes a bigger setup and a bigger guy to handle a 120?
Should we downgrade a company that knows what it can do and wants to stay within that limit?
This is only a theory of course but I would not assume they are bad or good due to this one point. Careful study on all the points involved, yes.

Point well taken! I guess its fair to say we shouldn't jump to any conclusions yet.

I'd be interested in hearing some more about the company and seeing what they do. Everyone has to start somewhere; right?!?
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Ask if you can inspect their work. I'm sure they have display tanks around. You know what good looking tanks, stands, etc.. look like.
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As for the 1/4" glass thing, it's not totally unthinkable. There's a pretty large glass shop near home that doesn't work with or sell anything thicker than 3/8".

Working with glass thicker than 3/8" is a totally different beast. I bought the Toyo cutting tool for a special project, shopped the heck out of the price and it still cost me just shy of $300. I've seen it listed for closer to $700. It's a manual tool. Works very well. Beyond this tool there's a water jet cutter and I think you've entered the upper stratosphere of what a small shop could possibly invest in.

So as a small custom builder, I wouldn't be totally put off by the simple fact that he doesn't have access to glass thicker than 1/4" nor that he can't work with anything thicker.

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The company is actually an hour or so away from me. Everything is paid ahead of time. You purchase the tank, and they work on it or whatever I think, and then you go pick it up. Only thing is there's no refunds or returns. I did check online and they had nothing but good things said about them on google reviews.

There's lots of pics on their facebook website. But I'm not gonna post the link or anything because I don't want this to turn into a vendor review and get deleted.

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Only thing is there's no refunds or returns.
I'd stay away from any store with this policy no matter how good. What if it leaked?
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I already emailed customer service and they said anything that is defective or leaks they will replace.

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Well, that's fine then. If it looks good, go for it.


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