Okay, so it seems that with the next paycheck, I'll be in a position to buy yet another new tank (after the last 60 gallon cracked and flooded our house) and be able to transfer the four fancy goldies from the 10 gallon they're in now to a new, bigger home. Here are my concerns and questions...
First of all, we're considering getting -- due to budgetary factors -- Petsmart's Top Fin brand of tank, perhaps in a 75 gallon size, which comes with a glass Aqueon versa-top (maybe dual tops) and buying a stand separately. Something like this:
75*Gallon Aquarium » Top Fin® 75 Gallon Aquarium/Hood Combo | PetSmart
What concerns me about going the Top Fin route is that I always said I would never buy another Petsmart-branded product after previous ones just screamed "cheap" and "useless" to me -- but beyond that, if you read some of the reviews by people who own this tank in the link I provided, you'll see where the first reviewer mentioned something about his tank leaking when he first got it...that is something we CANNOT go through again, especially right off the bat. We just had our house put back together from the when the 60 gallon flooded it, so it's a nightmare we do not want to revisit any time soon. THAT concerned me very much...
What are your thoughts on the Top Fin tanks? Should they hold up just as good as any standard Marineland, Aqueon, Fujimoto, etc?
Speaking of Marineland -- the other option we're considering is this 60 gallon package at Petsmart:
Marineland® 60 Gallon Heartland Aquarium Ensemble - Black - Fish - Sale - PetSmart
The thing with this tank, though, is that reviews say it's really tall and difficult to get into when cleaning, decorating etc...further, it doesn't seem like there's a great deal of depth/front to back room, cutting down on the space the fish will have to swim. It does come with the dual LED
light system, though, which intrigues me, in which you can use the daytime brighter mode during the day and switch to the blue glow hue at night. This is surely not a dealbreaker, though; we also like the stand it comes on.
Now -- while I look forward to everyone's input on the tanks, let me ask this...if we go with the Top Fin 75 gallon, would the two HOB
filters I am preparing to run on it -- an Aqueon QuietFlow 55 and an AquaClear 110 -- be adequate enough, or will this tank require more filtration? What if I dropped the little Aqueon QuietFlow 20 I'm running on the 10 gallon right now onto the 75 to run alongside the larger two HOB
's? That filter turns over 125 gallons per hour, so would that be of any benefit on the 75 along with the 800-plus gallons per hour that will be turned over by the other two?
Thanks as always...