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Re: buying a tank need help..
Hugh asked about tanks. Any of the brands can leak. I used a Perfecto for
about 10 years. Never had a major problem (after several years, one tiny
leak on top seal that silicone took care of ) and when I did have problems
initially with their strips, they sent me another strip immediately, no
questions, no problems. So while I don't think they make the best tank,
their customer service was top notch.
I have several Oceanic tanks and had a brand new 135 leak about 5 years ago.
They were complete jerks to me and told me it HAD to be on one of their
stands. I explained it was. Then they explained to me that obviously I had
not set it up correctly and didn't know what I was doing essentially. Told
him I had been in the hobby for 15 years and I DID know how to set up a
tank. It HAD a leak. Told me that 95% of their tanks DO NOT leak. That
was fine, but I was obviously in the 5% and had one. The water running onto
my hardwood floors was a dead give away. I finally gave up on them after
several months and the LFS and wholesaler took care of it and got me a new
I still believe Oceanic makes the best tanks. (I have used Perfecto,
Oceanic, All-glass ) but wasn't impressed with their LACK of customer
service. That was also the only Oceanic I've had leak. I was so disgusted
with them that when I got my new 135 replacement tank, I never set it up. I
have a brand new tank with all the original strapping, protective covering,
everything sitting on an official Oceanic stand and it has never had water
in it. I bought a new large tank a year ago and it was an All-glass.
Do be extra careful to get it level, that won't help though if it has a
defect. I think with the better tanks, it doesn't happen much but it can
If you stay in the 95% with Oceanic you'll be happy (if not, your kids learn
some colorful new phrases he, he). All-glass and Oceanic are owned by same
folks now I think. The Wal-mart cheapo's do seem to leak immediately so
spend a bit more and get a better brand.
Daphne in Hot, Drought-ridden/Crunchy Atlanta