- Jun 15, 2009
- Reaction score
- East Yorks
I can totally see where you are coming from but it just feels for such a big company to be doing it to be odd. Just think of all the braceless aquariums out there now on the freshwater side theres stuff like ADA, Evolution Aqua, Oase and the Aqua One ranges but then on the marine side there are loads of rimless/braceless tanks that go upto and beyond this size of tank. Maybe its something we don't know about? Thicker or stronger glass, or stronger silicone etc?Since this is a direct replacement that allegedly had to be specially manufactured, the lack of full bracing just reinforces that the design is flawed. Even if this replacement is under another warranty, that warranty is not worth the paper that it is written on since Juwel made it quite clear that they had moved the goalposts to evade honouring it on the original aquarium. It wasn't til the retailer (who's reputation would cost more to lose than Juwel) got heavily involved that Juwel relented and replaced the aquarium.
At this stage I would bin the warranty along with the plastic bracing cos months down the line from now, the doubt will be there as to the strength of the bracing...and the mere fact that AquaBarb has to add their own silicone to it anyway to replicate how it should look, is tantamount to Juwel not giving a stuff about the safety of the aquarium design.
An aquarium this size needs appropriate glass bracing...for peace of mind if nothing else. The plastic has failed...not just on this aquarium but on others too....every time the stand is bumped by the vaccum cleaner, every time it gets bumped when doing aquarium maintenance...that seed of doubt will grow....will those plastic braces give way again...
Bin the plastic braces, replace with glass ones and then enjoy and relax with the aquarium knowing it will not give out on you.