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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Re: First Oscar Tank

Check reviews for Glasscages.. a lot of disappointed owners. Now, we have a member(Goranothos) who went with the 5ft 150 from GC, and is totally satisfied with it and has had zero issues. Ya pays yer money, and ya takes yer chances! You just cant beat Marineland imo.


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Poseidon2.0 replied the topic: Re:Re: First Oscar Tank

daddadoo7 wrote: Poseidon I was about to get a 5 ft tank until my son and I convinced my wife to let us go 6ft. Glasscages.com has a 5ft 150 gallon the 2ft width is cool. Their shipping costs to my area were insane but it might be worth it for you to check them out


Great! Now you've done it. Heh, will think about this. I live in an apartment so have been a bit nervous about anything bigger than a 120. The building is a 1960s eyesore, but its all concrete and could hold the weight. Nonetheless. . . . A 150 would be awesome!
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Poseidon2.0 replied the topic: Re:Re: First Oscar Tank

Wow, Glasscages.com has lots of crazy dimensions! Gives me lots to think about, at the very least.

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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:First Oscar Tank

Yeah but like I said before you fall in love check the shipping for my area it was an insane price
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Goranothos replied the topic: Re:Re: First Oscar Tank

Suprd71 wrote: Check reviews for Glasscages.. a lot of disappointed owners. Now, we have a member(Goranothos) who went with the 5ft 150 from GC, and is totally satisfied with it and has had zero issues. Ya pays yer money, and ya takes yer chances! You just cant beat Marineland imo.


That would be me.

Glasscages is a (relatively) small, family owned operation. Their tank prices aren't all that bad, but their shipping prices are very expensive. If you order from them, the least expensive option is to pick up your tank at their facility or arrange to pick up at one of the many shows they attend, IMO.

So far, I am satisfied with the quality of the work that I received from them.

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daddadoo7 replied the topic: Re:First Oscar Tank

Ifnyou pick up at a collection point the shipping is around 100$ BUT to have it delivered to your home its based off of where you live and for me they wanted something like 900$
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: First Oscar Tank

You can certainly order a tank online.......but GC only gives a mind bogglingly very short warranty, it's 90 days, which shows NO faith in their product.....NO WAY IN HELL I would pay what their asking & not get a lifetime warranty.... :pinch:

www.glasscages.com/?sAction=AqWarranty

But anyway, I talked these guys up before..... go here......at least give them a call to see what they have. I got a 55GL w/ a solid oak stand for $75. This guy will "wheel & deal" if you have cash in hand. They usually have some bigger tanks, but you may have to wait & see what comes in.

www.fishfactory.us/departments/outlet.htm

And then there's always Craigslist.......I picked up my 125GL & stand for $160......put another $60 in lumber & screws to reinforce the stand( it was a 2X4 frame)....helluva deal. B) BUT you do have to wade through the loonies... :blink:

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Poseidon2.0 replied the topic: First Oscar Tank

Darth Nandopsis wrote: You can certainly order a tank online.......but GC only gives a mind bogglingly very short warranty, it's 90 days, which shows NO faith in their product.....NO WAY IN HELL I would pay what their asking & not get a lifetime warranty.... :pinch:

www.glasscages.com/?sAction=AqWarranty


Wow, that is a seriously lame warranty for a company specializing in aquariums. Might expect that from Petco. Well, am definitely going to check the FF outlet.
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Goranothos replied the topic: First Oscar Tank

I agree with Darth that Glasscages' warranty is terrible. The first thing I would do, if I were in charge of their business, is improve that warranty. What you do when you offer a good warranty is give customers peace of mind. Peace of mind means more new customers, which means more sales, yadda yadda. Doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure out what comes next (hint: $$).

Now that I have seen the quality of work that they are capable of, IMO GC should extend that warranty to years, if not lifetime. After a year, I have no complaints about the quality of the silicone work, the bracing, the glass, or the craftsmanship of the stand that I bought from GC. Yes, I read some negative reviews before ordering from them, and sent them a couple of rather hostile e-mails regarding what I would do if the quality was not good on what I received, but in the end I wanted a 5 foot long 150 gallon for the space I had available, GC was the only game in town, so I rolled the dice, and won (so far). Did I get some sort of special treatment because I made myself a PITA? Who knows?

Their curbside shipping on large tanks is very expensive, but I really can't fault them too much in this regard. There are some things you just can't ship UPS or FEDEX, and large aquariums is one of those things, forcing them to use freight shipping, and that costs a lot of money, and forces them to pack a glass tank to withstand a lot of rough handling. If I ever buy from them again, and I just might, I will probably pick it up myself either at their facility, or at a show.

As for Craigslist tanks.....IMO, no thanks. If it's a reptile tank, sure I'll go Craigslist, but for a tank that's going to be filled with water inside my house, it would have to be some sort of unbelievably fantastic deal for me to consider a used tank, and I would have to see it full of water before buying. But that's me. Every one of us has their own price point of when they will consider used VS new. For me, it's around 90 gallons. Anything 90 gallons or less, I'm not going to even go look at a used tank.

As always, caveat emptor.

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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: First Oscar Tank

Yeah, I have both sold & bought on CL......& you do have to wade through unrealistic prices & loonies, but I did sell my tank & for not a penny less than I was asking (but I was realistic, sold my 180 TS&H for $450) & did get a fantastic deal on my 125, tank was damn near new.....if I could find a deal like that I would jump on it so fast it would make your head spin!!! :laugh:

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