My first big tank 75gal. Paid more for it than others and is well worth it. Has been filled with water for 15 yrs. Not a single problem. Love the glass center support. Allows light to enter without shadows from solid braces like other tanks. Great tank period.
I purhased a 58 gal. Oceanic in 1993 with the pine stand. The glass canopy is made of low iron glass as to allow for better light penetration and plant growth. This tank has been moved 5 times and has never leaked. It is a joy to aquascape compared to a standard 55 gal. tank because it is 50% wider and gives that extra depth dimension that can't be had with a tank 12 in. wide. The 36 in. single light strip that came with the top is hardly suitable for aquatic gardening but is fine for a fish only tank. The stand is stained to a tung oil color hue but lacks the "furniture quality" look of a hardwood stand.That being said, it is serviceable and does not look as bad as a "fake cherry" stand. The one thing that really matters the most to me is having a tank with dimensions I like and will not leak. On these points, this Oceanic has delivered for 17 yrs. and counting.
I bought a 75g 3 years ago. After 6 months, the silicone that connects the top glass brace to the front and back glass panel as well as the rim, gave way in the back. This caused the tank to bow and, you guessed it... after 3 weeks, the seal at the bottom split, effectively draining the tank. Luckily I was standing there to take action. What a mess. I've since moved, and resealed the tank when I had a chance. I also resiliconed the glass brace. 1 week after filling, the brace again gave way. No leaks yet, but the SOB is bowing, and flexes with every water change. Crappy gimmick design. Now I know why the other manufacturers have the brace integrated with the rim. Although I paid a fortune, I have no receipt, thus no recourse.
I bought the 40 Gallon stretch hex tank. Beautiful tank and stand. Even matches my furniture! IMHO...I think Oceanic tanks are overpriced. Shop around. I got a difference of $200.00 less on mine by just checking out several LFS.
I bought a 215 with the Oceanic standard cabinet. I thought I was buying the best of the best as the hefty price tag reflected the high-end market of tanks and stands. When the tank and cabinet were delivered I noticed the cabinet was bowing downwards in the center, there was a gap between the cabinet and stand. The LFS thought it was the floor but the concrete slab that the unit rested upon was perfectly level. The problem was with the poorly made and poorly designed Oceanic standard cabinet that could not properly support the massive weight of the tank. Oceanic provided a strip molding to “cover up” the gap. The LFS confirmed if tank were to be filled with water the seals would fail because the bottom rim of the tank has no support, the tank was supported at the 4 end posts of the cabinet. So all of the weight of the tank would be just on 4 points and not evenly distributed, which would create stress on the glass seams and result in tank failure. Imagine coming home to 215+ gallons of water all over your house. Long story short, I was told by Oceanic I had to spend several thousands more on a custom cabinet to get the support the standard cabinet failed to provide. Returned everything, what a disappointment!!
I have 3 oceanic tanks that are all over 10 years old and i love them. I went to my LFS for buy another one and they are no better made then perfecto tanks now. They have cheap light fixtures that used to have reflectors in them. And the trims are the same #%$& thats on the rest of the junk out there. Another one of those we have the reputation of a good product now lets make it cheaply and still charge the same.
Had an 18-month old 77 bowfront that blew a seam in the bottom of the back corner two weeks after I had $1000 of WC Malawians arrive. Their turn-around wasn't as fast as they claim (claim 48 hours, but it took over 72 to get the tank). When I emailed them concerning my blowout numerous times they never returned anything. Very unhappy with their customer service. I ended up losing half the fish due to the blowout, many of them fish I had caught myself while in Malawi, so they were irreplaceable. Their tanks are overpriced and not worth the extra cost in my experience.
Both my 150g and 125g are Oceanic, and both have excellent seams - strong enough to hold but not very noticeable. The trim is correctly mounted, with no edges showing, and there is little, if any, excess silicone. The quality of their tanks is better than any manufacturer I've encountered yet, including local custom makers. The price is a bit higher, but the craftmanship and security are well worth it.
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