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Aquarium brands?

I didn't want to hijack the $1/gallon thread, but it did spark some questions about brands as it seems Aqueon is not well thought of. I am planning on a new tank once I move, and it will likely be at least 55, maybe 75 depending on the layout of my new house.

Wondering what brands of aquarium are generally high quality. LFS sells Marineland in the 75g size and I am seriously considering going that way. Tempted by a acrylic tank but it seems those are geared toward salt with overflows and such, and I'm not savvy enough to know how that would work with a freshwater, planted community tank.

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I'd recommend Aquatop tanks sold by Truaqua, great packaging of tank so it arrives safe and excellent silicone work, its better than mr.aqua tanks, extreamly minimal.
http://www.truaqua.com/high-clarity-...m-hca-48t.html
http://www.truaqua.com/high-clarity-...um-hca-48.html
I have a 7g cube by them LOVE IT.

They also have several curved corner tanks:
http://www.truaqua.com/rimless-aquarium-tanks.html
I've wanted to try one of these but there's no room left for another tank.

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In my experience, I don't mind the brands too much, maybe some seals would need to be resealed sooner (still years of use), but not too big of a deal for me.
I was reading that thread also, and I think Aqueon was mentioned as a good brand with Tetra brand being the not desired one. Marineland tanks are good.

Acrylic tanks can be used for freshwater too. Same with the overflows. The $1 gallon sales I think are only for glass aquariums and only for 55 gallon tanks and under.
Acrylic has welded/bonded seams so no need to reseal (unless tank cracks). If you don't mind used, you can usually find complete tank set ups for decent deals locally (great for getting acrylic tanks).
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I have a 125g aqueon. The tank does the job. They're just fine and dandy.

The Tetra tanks are a bit worse, from what I've seen at PetCo. Many of the 40 breeders weren't even close to square at any axis.

that being said, these are the main stream commercial brands. there are a number of better quality. more expensive, brands out there. the difference being that they're going to be square, silicone isn't going to be all over the place, and the glass will be better quality.


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Yeah, I was going from memory and didn't check back into that thread - it was Tetra that was lower on the food scale. I'll have to do some digging to understand how the overflows and sumps work as this is an area I've never really explored.

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I've got a Top Fin, no problems with it.
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Aqueon is terrific for the price your paying. Tetra can go either way, just depends on the shipment.
The higher quality brand tanks you are talking about come with a much higher price tag...
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Im pretty sure marineland, tetra, and topfin/great choice tanks are all the same. I know they are all made by Perfecto while Aqueon is made by All Glass. It seems All glass is better quality than prefecto. I have noticed stores like petco and petsmart moving away from Perfecto. Ive heard Visio is a good tank. Anyone know about Deep Blue Professional?
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