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Gambusia
02-11-2005, 8:20 PM
I saw this brand at a Petsmart and they seem to be cheaper than All Glass.

I have three All Glass tanks and think they are the best.

But is Top Fin (or whatever it was called) good on a budget??

I've got three rainbow trout to move.

Thanks

Ems
02-11-2005, 8:23 PM
I have a couple 10G topfin tanks, they work fine.

random_zooey
02-11-2005, 8:37 PM
No problems with my 10g TopFin, either ('tho it's only three months old...).

Gambusia
02-11-2005, 8:39 PM
Thanks

Puffernewbee
02-11-2005, 9:18 PM
I bought a Top Fin from Petsmart and it leaked. I returned it and got an All Glass from Petco for the same price. Not saying anything bad about Top Fin because I may have just gotten a lemon. I am sure people have had to take back a new All Glass due to a leak also. I do feel though that the All Glass feels a little heavier though.

1tankneverenuff
02-11-2005, 10:38 PM
I bought a Top Fin from Petsmart and it leaked. I returned it and got an All Glass from Petco for the same price. Not saying anything bad about Top Fin because I may have just gotten a lemon. I am sure people have had to take back a new All Glass due to a leak also. I do feel though that the All Glass feels a little heavier though.

I believe All-Glass tends to use a thicker glass for their tanks. Hence their price differences with larger tanks.

chrisinha
02-12-2005, 12:16 AM
i have a 20 gallon long which i got from petsmart. it's been working fine.

Lauren
02-12-2005, 12:19 AM
I've had a 10g top fin for about 14 months now. No problem what so ever. Only, the hood sucks, the "feeding hole" leaves no room for cleaning, you have to remove the hood all together.

my only complaint.

cdawson
02-12-2005, 11:07 AM
I saw this brand at a Petsmart and they seem to be cheaper than All Glass.

I have three All Glass tanks and think they are the best.

But is Top Fin (or whatever it was called) good on a budget??

I've got three rainbow trout to move.

Thanks


IME Top fin tanks have lasted longer and have been better than All glass aquariums. I've had 2 out of 3 All glass aquariums leak after only a year. I don't know where you're shopping though, all glass should easily be cheaper than Top fin. At least 10-15 dollars cheaper.

Gambusia
02-12-2005, 11:33 AM
The big chain stores in US are usually cheaper than the LFS stores.

My LFS carry Perfecto and All Glass only.

I live in North Carolina.

Malachite
02-12-2005, 8:16 PM
The big chain stores in US are usually cheaper than the LFS stores.

My LFS carry Perfecto and All Glass only.

I live in North Carolina.


(Cool. Fellow NC person. I live in Clayton.)

Now for the related part. I have had my 75G TopFin tank for a a few months now with no problems. I also got mine from PetSmart. The tank itself has no issues at all. The light that came with it is a very basic one at only 40Watts. Other than tha one item I am making no changes to mine. I have heard that Oceanic makes some of the best tanks. Never had one so I don't really know about them.

bstuver
02-12-2005, 11:20 PM
I bought a 55g at Petsmart a few months ago and haven't had any problems as of yet.

bigfishguy
02-12-2005, 11:29 PM
AGA does use thicker glass then perfecto or top finn....
but its unecessary..there glass is slightly thicker.....
125 AGA probably wieghs 5-7 pounds more then a perfecto or top finn....

but perfectos and top finns are alot cheaper....

All three are excellent brands...

AGA is a little tougher but for a higher price....
But any leaks are due to manufacturing malfunctions or shipping problems if it leaks in like a month.....


ur tank should last yrs and yrs....


OH ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING IS AGA`S WARRANTY LASTS A YEAR........

PERFECTOS LASTS 10 YEARS I BELIVE SO CHECK THAT OUT WHEN PURCHASING

Karnaaj
02-13-2005, 8:19 AM
The thickness of the glass is very important, especially as the tanks get bigger in size. Thats the main reason why I won't buy a perfecto tank. They seem to push the edge too much in order to save a little money.

Blinky
02-13-2005, 9:42 AM
PERFECTOS LASTS 10 YEARS I BELIVE SO CHECK THAT OUT WHEN PURCHASING
I just bought a Perfecto tank and LOVE it. It's guaranteed for 20 years.

Gambusia
02-13-2005, 1:18 PM
Thanks for the extra info guys and gals.

adgolde
02-13-2005, 7:07 PM
i just recently bought a topfin 55 gallon kit at petsmart, and it works fine, best tank ive ever had, although i did buy an Aqua Clear 500, (kit includes filter, but never hurts to have to much filtration) i strongly recommend these tanks. :D

montanaxvi
02-14-2005, 3:32 AM
PetsMart does not make their own tanks, chances are that TopFin you bought IS in fact an AGA branded tank. Speaking from personal experience on this one since I got an AGA tank inside the box of the 10gal TopFin kit I bought for my betta. Look around MOST of the time a 10gallon kit can be had from an LFS for slightly cheaper than he $40-50 PetsMart charges for their kit. Example my local PetsMart has the kit for like $39.99 or $49.99 includes filter hood light heater etc, just add fish water and decorations. Jack's Pets a LFS has their own small kit with an AGA branded tank as well for around $27.99 or 29.99 if I recall correctly. Bought the PetsMart one too long ago to worry about taking it back....not to mention it has fish in it and that just does not seem feasible to empty to save $10-20 on a setup.

brack1008
11-29-2005, 6:40 AM
I am sorry to bring this thread back, but I found the post about a week ago when I was looking for information on the Top Fin brand that Petsmart carries in their stores. I was in a local Petsmart yesterday and they had a 55 and 75 gallon Top Fin aquarium on display. Both of them had the Top Fin insert taped to the inside of the tank, however the cardboard base surrounding both tanks had the Marineland name and slogan on it and under that it said Manufactured by Perfecto. The glass top and light that they came with also were in Perfecto boxes. Upon closer inspection of the 75 gallon tank they had the Perfecto anchor also displayed where it said inspected by whom ever. So at least this batch of Top Fin aquariums was made by Perfecto for Petsmart.

echoofformless
11-29-2005, 10:47 AM
I am sorry to bring this thread back, but I found the post about a week ago when I was looking for information on the Top Fin brand that Petsmart carries in their stores. I was in a local Petsmart yesterday and they had a 55 and 75 gallon Top Fin aquarium on display. Both of them had the Top Fin insert taped to the inside of the tank, however the cardboard base surrounding both tanks had the Marineland name and slogan on it and under that it said Manufactured by Perfecto. The glass top and light that they came with also were in Perfecto boxes. Upon closer inspection of the 75 gallon tank they had the Perfecto anchor also displayed where it said inspected by whom ever. So at least this batch of Top Fin aquariums was made by Perfecto for Petsmart.


I have a 2.5 gallon that I bought at Petstupid, and the glass top that came with it says Marineland. Yet the tank carries no brand tag at all. Either way, it's solid. Then again, it's only a 2.5 gallon.

But I did have a bad experience with a Top Fin 2.5g acrylic hex. Hence, I replaced it with glass. The hex cracked after a few weeks. Petstupid refunded my money without question, so I can at least say they take care of you if you have a problem.

RockabillyChick
11-29-2005, 11:12 AM
i have a top fin 20 gallon long, but it doesnt have water in it, and never has. just 50 pounds of sand and land hermit crabs.

reality
11-29-2005, 1:00 PM
I just bought a topfin 18g from petsmart, got it home and noticed that the rear right corner was about 1 inch taller than the front left, not even close to level. so I took it back and had to dig through about 6 of them b4 I found one that was square. one of them had a quarter inch over lap of the front and side corner

patoloco
11-29-2005, 1:53 PM
How different things are in the US and Costa Rica, where I live.

Before reading so many topics about tank brands, I'd never thogut about it.
Most LFS here build their own tank for sale. And no one worries about the maker of the tank nor pays for a branded tag sticked to the glass. For instance, I can get a 50 gallon tank with a wooden hood and a stand, all for 65000, wich is roughly $130 in the LFS. If I build it, I can lower cost to less than 90 bucks. I'd like to know how much would that tank cost where you live.

OFF TOPIC:
I've also seeing a lot of "americanized" hardware stores that sell their stuff at ridicoulosly high prices because that screw and nut you need to fix your bycicle comes in a fancy blister that easily doubles the actual value of the screw. I'm used to go to the hardwarte store, ask for a screw and get it in my hand. Pay a few cents for it, and walk away.