why so much $$$

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Flagg37, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    What makes some tanks so much more expensive than others? I understand the difference in materials (glass, acrylic, low iron) but I'm thinking when comparing similar tanks. Is there really a noticeable difference?
  2. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Workmanship comes into play. If you are comparing a standard tank made by a large company vs a custom builder then volume is key. If you are comparing smaller builders like Cadlights then it's build quality.

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  3. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    :) can't forget how expensive Tank Stands are! Sometimes they're as expensive as the tank!
  4. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    I think I'm leaning towards building my next tank/stand/sump. I was just curious if there was something special that they were doing in the expensive ones that I could be overlooking. I built two 75 gallon acrylic tanks about 15 years ago that were perfectly fine. They never leaked as long as I had them. I'm not sure what as far as build quality goes would be any different from what I could build.
  5. tygunn

    tygunn Webmaster

    The workmanship is definitely what you pay for, and also over engineering to a point. Cheaper tanks seem to try and get away with less material...

    If you're comfortable with a diy build then why not. :). I'm planning to give acrylic a try and build a little 5g sump and top off tank for the 2g Nano im planning for work.

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