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We are moving into a house spring of 2022, which will finally allow me the room to upgrade my tank (currently have a 75 gallon). I want to get the largest "off the shelf" glass tank I can buy for "off the shelf" prices, and am looking between the Aqueon 210 and the Marineland 265. The 8' + custom tank with sump will come later when budget and convincing the wife allows, so this will be my holdover for the next 5-10 years.

My biggest concern is reliability. I've read more than a couple of accounts of how the larger Marineland tanks give out after a few years, but I'm not sure if this is a problem that has been fixed. I love the Aqueon 75 I have currently, but the extra foot of tank on the Marineland 265 vs the Aqueon 210 is very tempting. Will i regret getting the 6' Aqueon, or is the Marineland a safe choice now? Either tank will have an Aquadecor background and be filtered with 2-3 FX6s, keeping male peacocks and some smaller male haps.

Thank you for your input! Looking forward to those who have experienced these tanks directly.
 

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I have an aqueon 210 and when the top cross braces snapped after a few years and the front of the glass bowed out 1 1/2” they didn’t want to know. Oh well, nothing a pair of 36” bar clamps couldn’t fix.
Maybe you would get better service in the states.
 

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Thanks for the feedback, sounds like the Aqueon is the safer choice. Should be much less expensive too with the cheaper tank and one less filter I would have to run on it. Thanks!
 

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I DID choose the Aqueon 210 over the Marineland 265. I don’t regret the choice at all.

Also, I find the 210’s ratio of 6’ long to 30” high more
visualy appealing even though it’s a foot shorter than the 265. There’s a beauty to that tank that’s mesmerizing.

one tip that’s just my preference: Make the stand high. Water level on my tank is 6’1” off the floor. So at 6’ tall I gaze straight in. It’s amazing.
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I DID choose the Aqueon 210 over the Marineland 265. I don’t regret the choice at all.

Also, I find the 210’s ratio of 6’ long to 30” high more
visualy appealing even though it’s a foot shorter than the 265. There’s a beauty to that tank that’s mesmerizing.

one tip that’s just my preference: Make the stand high. Water level on my tank is 6’1” off the floor. So at 6’ tall I gaze straight in. It’s amazing.
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I'm the same height as you, so thank you for the helpful tip! I also plan on building my own stand like I did for my 75 gallon I currently have.

Beautiful tank by the way!
 

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Agree with all concerning the 'correct' choice of the Aqueon aquarium over the bigger Marineland.
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This noticeable decline in the quality of Marineland aquariums began approximately 5 years or so ago. So therefore... IF you have the opportunity to get a so-called 'steal' of deal on a used/older Marineland aquarium - MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD - then I strongly encourage you to well, 'steal' it! (Purchase, buy, trade for, exchange etc.....).
As an example, all of my older (approximately 14 - 15 years) Marineland aquariums were a joy to own, and never caused me any problems associated with poor build or quality. But unfortunately, this thread is about new aquariums to purchase.
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So no - I DO NOT recommend the purchase a new Marineland aquarium.
 

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Agree with all concerning the 'correct' choice of the Aqueon aquarium over the bigger Marineland.
However....
This noticeable decline in the quality of Marineland aquariums began approximately 5 years or so ago. So therefore... IF you have the opportunity to get a so-called 'steal' of deal on a used/older Marineland aquarium - MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD - then I strongly encourage you to well, 'steal' it! (Purchase, buy, trade for, exchange etc.....).
As an example, all of my older (approximately 14 - 15 years) Marineland aquariums were a joy to own, and never caused me any problems associated with poor build or quality. But unfortunately, this thread is about new aquariums to purchase.
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So no - I DO NOT recommend the purchase a new Marineland aquarium.
Right, I am looking at new tanks. Certainly good to keep in mind if i find a used one for a great deal, but the warranty and knowledge that no one else has potentially mistreated the tank is what is making me go with something new. Thank you!
 
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