Originally Posted by vfc
BTW - I just read the last page of Ziggy's post and he said his 120G tank also cracked. I only read the beginning of the post where his 150G cracked and saw the picture of the stand. I knew his new 120G tank would also be under stress and I am not surprised that it cracked. What upsets me more is that the manufacturer replaced it as a manufacturing defect. I'm paying higher tank prices for people like you and Ziggy who don't know physics. Ziggy is solely responsible for the tank cracking. I wonder how the tank would have fared if he had put 1/2" black exercise foam pad under it? I'm sure his foam would have looked similar to the foam under my 75G (i.e., less compressed in the middle from a sagging center that lacked proper support).
Lets just clear a few things up here. The 150g tank cracked for 2 reasons.. 1st the stand it was on did not have a perfectly flat top and 2nd it was placed on foam. This was totally my fault.
The first 120 cracked as a direct result of manufacture defect. The plastic trim that supports the glass was installed incorrectly. This came from perfecto. I spoke with them at length about the tank and the defect. They had an entire shipment that went out and was recalled I was unlucky enough to get one that was missed by the recall. That is why the replaced the tank.
Now if you own a Perfecto tank and you did not purchase their stand they say, under no circumstances is the tank to be placed on foam. The plastic trim is designed to carry the load of the tank. If you put foam under a perfecto tank and it fails your warranty is void. They provide a 20 year warranty on their tanks when placed on their stand and a 90 day warranty on their tanks when placed on any other kind of stand.
Now to further clear the air I had to provide pictures of the stand the tank was on to their engineers and their response back to me about the construction was that it was "More then addiquate to handle the tank"
I don't have an engineering degree but I have been building cabinets for over 10 years. Please do not assume that based on a few pictures you see that you know how the stand was built or my ability to build it.
You are not paying more for a tank because of people like me. Don't presume to know the full extent of the situation and make statements based on half the information.