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afm32607
10/25/2016, 12:05 PM
I am looking into buying a 72x30x24 aquarium for my home.

No one sells pre-drilled aquariums of this size, Marineland does make a 30h version but my arms have trouble reaching the bottom of my current 24h tanks. I would like it rimless with a center overflow or maybe a coast to coast overflow. Was also thinking getting a reef savvy ghost overflow installed by whoever does the manufacturing.

I live in Western New York and want to get the tank delivered. My LFS gave me a suggestion on a Canadian manufacturer that they like but I wanted to see what everyone's suggestions here are. So, any thoughts on who to go with (if I am missing a standard tank with the above specs let me know)?

I have looked at and gotten a quote from glasscages.com, but reviews are spotty, I don't want to save a few hundred dollars at the risk of my home.

NanoReefWanabe
10/25/2016, 12:31 PM
Only ones I would suggest is miracles in Canada. ..I hear very good but expressive things about reef savy too...I have seen some very nice glass cages tanks too

biecacka
10/25/2016, 12:51 PM
I looked at glasscages when I was buying a tank. I will say this, they do have a lot of negative press. However, they seek more tanks than anyone else, so per capita they seen to be fine. Issuance is sloppy seem work that get the complaints. But they over build their tanks a ton. FWIW, I didn't chose them, I ended up with a custom acrylic tank local to me.

Corey

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Brian Crook
10/25/2016, 01:00 PM
As mentioned, Miracles in Orangeville, Ontario, will make you a very high quality aquarium of any dimension / feature set... not inexpensively of course.

lolgranny
10/25/2016, 01:58 PM
I have a post right by yours with some info about prices. AGE / reefsavvy / miracles / okeanosgroup

saf1
10/25/2016, 03:58 PM
I just posted in Lolgranny's thread, give concept aquariums Calgary a email. I ordered a 240 gallon with external overflow. I went 54 W X 30 H x 30 D. They had no issues and shipping should be cheaper for you since you are closer. I also went with their steel stand since it was about the same price has a properly built wood and I feel somewhat safer knowing they did it in steel.

tom obrecht
10/26/2016, 05:34 AM
I personally have used Miracles and they do a good job. I have personally SEEN Reef Saavys work and it's unmatched. However I know RS is not only higher priced but I've also heard their lead time is long although I can't personally verify that. I have seen GC work in person and IMO would be at the bottom of my list. I think it depends on your application and attention to detail. If it was an in the wall instillation I personally would go Miracles. If it was a high end build that say was rimless and in an open room I would lean towards RS if the funds and patience was there.

afm32607
10/26/2016, 09:03 AM
Thanks for all the responses. I will look at LolGrannys post

I will look into Miracles. I got a quote from Reef Savvy Already. Just over $5k for the tank with the above specs, same price for a stand, shipping not included.

this is me
10/26/2016, 01:58 PM
When I was looking into getting a custom 72"x48"x24", I called Reef Savvy and Miracle and got a quote. It was more expensive than Miracle but not that out of reach. However, the lead time was something like 6 months out. I thought I couldn't wait that long so I went with Miracle because it was only 8 weeks out. I got the tank from Miracle and it sat in the garage for a year.:headwally:
Maybe it will see some water next week.

lolgranny
10/26/2016, 02:46 PM
When I was looking into getting a custom 72"x48"x24", I called Reef Savvy and Miracle and got a quote. It was more expensive than Miracle but not that out of reach. However, the lead time was something like 6 months out. I thought I couldn't wait that long so I went with Miracle because it was only 8 weeks out. I got the tank from Miracle and it sat in the garage for a year.:headwally:
Maybe it will see some water next week.

Have to love us being impatient! Im the same exact way!

afm32607
11/22/2016, 02:21 PM
So I have quotes from both Miracles and Reef Savvy and the cost for Reef savvy are about double, unless I'm missing something, and will only ship to a depot, it's a long trip from depot to my house where it becomes my responsibility for breakage.

I did find a tsunami brand name tank of the same dimensions out of acrylic but I have never heard of them before.

saf1
11/22/2016, 02:29 PM
See my post on 10/25 - give them a call for a 3rd price. They will deliver.

fixmgood
11/22/2016, 03:18 PM
AGE gets my vote,I have a 450,well constructed and awesome.

LED Jack
11/22/2016, 07:11 PM
DSB problem solved

jlfalin
11/24/2016, 05:15 PM
I just got my large AGE aquarium on 11/1. Best tank ever. I got a glass and stainless steel hybrid. Amazing aquarium. It has a 1" PVC bottom that can be drilled anywhere. I have 5x 1.5" drains in the coast to coast overflow. There is a 20" section for closed loop intakes in the coast to coast that has 2x 2" bulkheads. Then there is 4x 1.25" for the closed loop in the main tank. Built with 3/4" glass and the stainless steel top/bottom. My tank is 475g 84x 48 and 29" tall. Very happy I went with AGE. I would recommend them hands down.

dartier
11/24/2016, 06:55 PM
I went with Miracles. I have a 120" x 36" 30" on order and will hopefully have it delivered soon (if I ever get my renovations done). They come highly recommended and they are local to me. So it was no brainer.

Because they sell in Canadian dollars, I excpect the exchange rate to also help for south of the border.

Dennis

IvanTheTerrible
11/25/2016, 08:00 AM
If you haven't already made a decision, you might want to check out customaquariums.com. They had much better prices than any of the other places I checked.

- Ivan

afm32607
11/28/2016, 01:55 PM
I've seen them but found few reviews on them when I was first looking for a supplier.

Kengar
12/29/2016, 12:00 PM
FYI, here is what I recently did with the Eurobracing from the $6K, 250-gallon tank I bought from Coast to Coast Aquariums, in New Jersey:

http://vid224.photobucket.com/albums/dd264/Kengar/good%20riddance.mp4

You can enter my photobucket album, e.g, here http://s224.photobucket.com/user/Kengar/library/?sort=3&page=1 to take a look at the other images demonstrating the craftsmanship of their product, which led me to do that and replace the bracing myself (still in process). I posted about my experience with them previously, in far greater, gory detail, but in deference to my wife I took it down when their lawyer threatened to sue me over it. Ironic in light of this email I received from them when they were telling me the tank was ready: "Ps. Hope you enjoy experience with CTC Custom Aquariums & you will talk about us!" As for those squiggly things in the middle of the bracing, they are fissures throughout the silicone between the two panels of glass used to construct the bracing. Here is what they told me before the purchase: "regarding your silicone question in the previous email, the anomalies in the seams are not covered in the warranty...they just happen. Although they are not usually a 'bubble' as much as a sort of ripple, they are just an unfortunate aesthetic result of the silicone doing what it does, shrinking and grabbing the glass from both sides." In my view, they are not "sort of a ripple." Rather, they are aesthetic defects that I wouldn't have expected on a tank I spent $6K for.

biecacka
12/29/2016, 12:42 PM
Wow Ken. That is nuts. I have been following your displeasure with them and I don't blame you one bit. I am shocked they threatened to sue you, if hey are worried about their name sake, they should make the product the way they customer orders it. I hope many ppl read your story before purchasing a tank from them.

Corey

Kengar
12/29/2016, 12:55 PM
Wow Ken. That is nuts. I have been following your displeasure with them and I don't blame you one bit. I am shocked they threatened to sue you, if hey are worried about their name sake, they should make the product the way they customer orders it. I hope many ppl read your story before purchasing a tank from them.

Corey

I bought Starphire glass from local company, and it is stunning! I've just finished assembling the upper frame by siliconing together four strips. Will then attach the strips that form the lower frame to it using UV-cured adhesive. (It's water-clear and from test pieces I've assemble, strong as all get-out. I joined two 1/8-inch-thick pieces of 18"-long glass strips together using the stuff and supported the "beam" on a pair of blocks and stood in the middle of it without it breaking!) Once lower strips are attached and I've filled spaces between them with silicone, I'll attach the whole assembly to the top of the tank with black silicone. I plan to post to demonstrate the whole process (including how I removed the bracing despite CTC telling me it couldn't be done without breaking the tank) and to show the finished project when it's done. Will be SO glad to get the tank out of my garage, where it's sat since July preventing me from getting car in garage, now that it's winter and snow and ice are/have come.

But let's not hijack the post....

fixmgood
12/29/2016, 02:14 PM
Ken,although I have not read your post,but plan on doing so, I can gather that the tank was not what you paid for or how you expected it to turn out. I can sympathize and you are welcome to check out "tank Disasters". We as consumers need to hold these companies responsible which I am doing at tremendous expense.So as not to seem like this thread is being hijacked,we all need to do serious research before shelling out large sums of money in return for poor workmanship and products,which in the end becomes very expensive.

RadagastWizard
12/29/2016, 02:20 PM
I got quotes from a lot and miracles was the cheapest and the only one that could do the overflow how I wanted

Ultimately I decided to go with a stock tank but someday..

Kengar
12/29/2016, 02:37 PM
Ken,although I have not read your post,but plan on doing so, I can gather that the tank was not what you paid for or how you expected it to turn out.

When working with them to order the tank, I originally requested starphire glass even for the bracing but was told that, given the relatively narrow dimensions of the bracing strips, the difference wouldn't be noticeable. So I took their advice and ordered it with regular float glass for the EB. As you can see from the videos and photos, it came in wavy and chipped in numerous places, and the greenish tint was definitely noticeable in comparison to the rest of the tank, which is starphire. Unfortunately, I did not fully appreciate how bad (in my opinion) it looked until I got the tank home from the freight depot and fully uncrated it. Unfortunately, at that point in time, their attitude was that I had inspected the tank, so there was nothing they could do about it. So I wouldn't say that what they sold me wasn't what I ordered. Rather, I would say that the workmanship was not what I would have expected, given the cost of the tank. When I first complained about it, they told me that you spend time looking at what's inside the tank, not the tank itself. In my experience, a crappy-looking tank detracts from the appearance of the whole thing, so for me, that assertion doesn't hold water.

Kengar
12/29/2016, 02:47 PM
I should add that I had originally ordered from Reef Savvy but cancelled the order and went with CTC when the originally promised delivery date came and went. In retrospect, having seen the quality of RS tanks in many photos online and knowing that they are in the same price range as CTC, I wish I had simply waited a little longer and stuck with RS. If I had it to do all over again, that is what I would have done.

Landshark61
12/29/2016, 03:19 PM
Only ones I would suggest is miracles in Canada. ..I hear very good but expressive things about reef savy too...I have seen some very nice glass cages tanks too

This is who I had build my 410 gallon all glass tank. They also built the stand. They did an outstanding job. Tank has been up and running since 2010.

dr.nick73
12/29/2016, 03:25 PM
try "Get Pumped Saltwater".. ask for Lance he can build you anything you are looking for in acrylic... he over builds the tanks and have had my 375g for 3 years now and not a single issue

afm32607
02/06/2017, 01:22 PM
I went with Miracles, the total volume is just a shade over 300 gallons, they are doing the sump and stand as well.

I'm thinking of starting an official tank build for it.

swiftvision
02/07/2017, 01:10 PM
For acrylic:

James Steele
[email protected]

He builds tanks for Monterey Bay and other large national aquariums.

He made my custom 100g cube; work of art.