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January 10, 2007 at 8:24 am #1069Saint2966Member
As you know I am upgrading my water ranch. I always write you when I get conflicting stories. I am about to purchase a 150 gallon tank. I found the perfect tank. It is a 30\" tall x 24 inch deep x 48\" long. I love it! I have looked at every brand, and every size, the thing I hate about mine (55 Gallon) is the depth of 12 inches. I originally bought lots of live rock, large beautiful pcs. some of which now sit in the hospital and shrimp tanks, because they took up all the tank floor. I have played heck with nitrate levels trying to keep the dietritus cleaned up and everytime I clean. I wage chemical warfare amongst the corals, trying to move them around. My babies mating ritual is often interupted by rock and corals, or holdfasts due to the narrow space. The additional height and depth was needed for their well being as well as the current attractiveness in my tank, leaves something to be desired. I am dreaming of a grassy nole of maidens hair full of grazing seahorses. (LOL) I now am being confused with the fact that perfecto is the only company who makes this tank, and everyone is telling me they are bad to break? They are made of tempered glass and I didnt think it needs to be as thick as other glass. I am told,with the lack of thickness in a tank this size,wont last me two yrs. They have the same, if not better warranty than Oceanic, and All Glass? I do know the Oceanic is the thicker glass, but is it neccessarily better? I really dont want to come home to my dream ranch and babies scattered all over the floor. Anyone else with an Opinion would be helpful.
Thanks Cindy:unsure:January 10, 2007 at 10:30 pm #3264Pete GiwojnaGuest
Perfecto, All Glass, and Oceanic are all reliable manufacturers with well-established track records. Of the three, I might be inclined to avoid Oceanic for the time being, since they are in the process of relocating their factory and won’t be manufacturing in the interim.
I can foresee no problems at all with the Perfecto 150-gallon aquarium (48“L x 24“W x 30”H) providing you mount the tank properly and set it up correctly. As with any other large aquarium, this means mating it to the right stand that will support it properly and leveling it before you fill the tank. Just be sure to use the Perfecto stand that’s designed specifically for this particular aquarium. (Don’t try to use another aquarium stand that you already may have — that could actually void the aquarium warranty.) Order the Perfecto aquarium along with the Perfecto aquarium stand that is designed for it, carefully set the aquarium on the stand in the location you want the aquarium, and then level the aquarium before you fill it. Set a level on top of the aquarium and place shims under the legs of the aquarium stand until it is perfectly level. (Note: don’t place any shims under the aquarium itself — just shim up the legs of the aquarium stand as necessary to get it exactly level.)
As long as you seat the 150-gallon Perfecto aquarium on the Perfecto aquarium stand properly and level it, a tempered glass aquarium of those dimensions should last as long as any other tank with no increased risk of breaking or leaking. It’s very true that the taller the aquarium, the thicker the glass or acrylic needs to be in order to safely withstand the water pressure when it is filled, but Perfecto has been in business a long time, and it’s safe to assume that they know what they are doing in that regard. I would expect that particular aquarium to have a life span equal to any other tank of similar size.
If you are concerned about the possibility that the glass could break, you could also consider having an acrylic aquarium of those same dimensions made for you. When it comes to aquaria, acrylic is of course virtually unbreakable compared to glass and much lighter than a glass aquarium of comparable size. An acrylic aquarium can withstand sharp blows and impacts that would shatter a glass aquarium of the same size. But the types of accidents that might break a large glass aquarium are rare events, and acrylic has its own issues when used for an aquarium. The openings at the top are comparatively small and limited, which can make the acrylic tanks more difficult to aquascape and work in, and of course the acrylic is easily scratched, which can ruin the viewing surface. The ease with which scratching can occur can be a real headache in tanks with lots of live rock, since it is so easy to inadvertently scratch the acrylic when setting the rock in place and positioning it in attractive, well secured arrangements. An acrylic tank will eliminate any and all concerns about the aquarium breaking or leaking, but you must also consider the potential drawbacks of acrylic in the equation. Just something else to keep in mind…
In short, I would have no qualms or misgivings about using the 150-gallon Perfecto aquarium providing you obtain the aquarium stand that’s designed specifically for that particular tank, mount it in place properly, and take care to level the aquarium before filling it. I am not aware of any unusual problems or negative feedback with the particular aquarium you are considering, Cindy.
That’s a wonderful aquarium upgrade you are planning and I’m sure your seahorses will appreciate the increased space, improved water quality and stability, and extra room to maneuver that it will provide. And the exceptional height of the 150-gallon tank should really help minimize any problems with gas bubble syndrome.
Best of luck with your aquarium upgrade, Cindy! I should have my recommendations and step-by-step instructions for making the change over ready for you shortly.
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