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96gts
06/01/2010, 04:41 PM
I'm running out of room in my 90gal, I want to start planning an upgrade soon. Here are the few tanks I'm considering, will like to see what everyone recommend, any opinions or feedback will be great.

Deep Sea Aquatic Neo 185 Pro:
Pros: Local to me, no center brace, probably least expensive.
Cons: i don't think Starphire is available.

Marineland Deep Dimension 250:
Pros: 36" wide, Starphire available.
Cons: Stand too low.

Marineland Deep Dimension 300:
Pros: 36" wide, Starphire available.
Cons: Most expensive, stand too low.

RokleM
06/02/2010, 08:59 AM
I've owned two marinelands (200DD and new 105g cube). Build quality is pretty decent and the starphire is a huge plus. Cost is decent. As you noticed, the stand height is terrible which prompts many to custom build one or have one built. They have to build it horribly low to get it through the standard sized door (one height has to be =< 30", and with a 36" deep tank that makes it the height).

I've seen many of the Deep Sea Aquatics's in person (LFS that stocks TONS of tanks has them). They are unfortunately the thickest and greenest glass I've ever seen. Almost every tank I've seen from them have imperfections in the glass edges and/or a terrible job at polishing. I don't know if they're cutting and polishing their own glass, but this part is a huge flaw in their process. Many have small chips (2-3mm) along the edges. Many of their overflows are SIGNIFICANTLY undersized. Seems like the actual build quality and structure seems rock solid (always square, great silicone job, etc), but the attention to details and/or design by people that appear to not own reefs is a huge downside. Twice I've considered them on upgrades/downgrades, and twice I said absolutely NO WAY. Fans will say I'm wrong, but this is me checking the same store over a couple of years with the same results on multiple tank orders.

So...just my opinion. I'd suggest seeing the options in person if at all possible.

AngelAddict
06/02/2010, 11:56 AM
I've never heard or could find any info on this new 105g cube? 36x36x18 is about 100g and 36x36x19 is 106g. I'd love a shorter 36" cube.

RokleM
06/02/2010, 11:59 AM
Mine is slightly custom 93g. 27 tall vs the 24 stock. From what I've heard, they'll build you just about anything.

Deep Dimension:
http://marineland.com/sites/Marineland/products/productdetail.aspx?id=2054&cid=3600&mid=3228
Cube tanks:
http://marineland.com/sites/Marineland/products/productdetail.aspx?id=2054&cid=5315&mid=3228

30 x 30 x 18 Corner-Flo Aquarium Cube (70 gallons)
30 x 30 x 24 Corner-Flo Aquarium Cube (93 gallons)

Building now...
http://mad-skillz.com/aquarium/05.16.2010-3.jpg

nano mania
06/15/2010, 05:29 PM
Many of their overflows are SIGNIFICANTLY undersized.
What size are the drains and returns on the DSA?

RokleM
06/15/2010, 08:23 PM
What size are the drains and returns on the DSA?

Honestly, not sure. My comments were in reference to the very small overflow teeth holes. Rough guess on some of the last few I've seen (actually saw one last thursday), I'd say you'd maybe be able to get 2x tank turnover, 3x absolute max and you're pushing it with the possibility of a flood.

mr murphy
04/01/2011, 01:17 PM
Mine is slightly custom 93g. 27 tall vs the 24 stock. From what I've heard, they'll build you just about anything.

Deep Dimension:
http://marineland.com/sites/Marineland/products/productdetail.aspx?id=2054&cid=3600&mid=3228
Cube tanks:
http://marineland.com/sites/Marineland/products/productdetail.aspx?id=2054&cid=5315&mid=3228

30 x 30 x 18 Corner-Flo Aquarium Cube (70 gallons)
30 x 30 x 24 Corner-Flo Aquarium Cube (93 gallons)

Building now...
http://mad-skillz.com/aquarium/05.16.2010-3.jpg

RokleM
04/01/2011, 01:37 PM
mr murphy,

It's 30x30x27, not 27x27x27. I don't think they have a cube that's 27x27x27. You would need to contact whoever in your area deals with marineland and they can get you a quote based on your wants/design.