Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): If your tank doesn’t break in the first 3 months of it’s life, it is good to go long-term.
The rest of the story: Perhaps tanks should come with a disclaimer like securities: “Past performance is no guarantee of future results”. What happens in the first 3 month’s of your tank’s life won’t tell you much on how the tank will hold up long term.
Let’s look at the facts:
– for glass tanks, when the tank is new, the silicone that holds it together is in top form. Over time the silicone ages. It can crack, get removed with algae scrapers or razor blades, etc.
– for acrylic tanks, panes are bonded together and won’t wear like silicone. These tanks can still fail though and shouldn’t be considered indestructible.
For either type of tank, if the tank is assembled poorly, then you can be as gentle with it as you want it and the tank still isn’t built to last.
If you bought a well-built tank, if you stress the tank during the first 3 months of it’s life, it can have long-term effects on the structural integrity of the tank. The tank might survive the stress while it is new, yet be weakened such that when the next big stress event happens, the tank fails.
The opposite of this would be if the tank never experiences any stress while new, then experiences structural stress (moving while full or partially full, stand or floor sags, etc), late in it’s life, The late-onset stress can break the tank. I.e. if you move a tank that has never been moved, the fact that the stress happened to show up in year ten vs. month one is significant because no stressing events were experienced until year ten.
If your tank makes it through the first three months, that means it survived the first three months and not much else.Browse the Store! Questions?