Should I Worry??!! New Glass Tank Construction from Planet Aquarium?

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I just received my first glass aquarium (built by Planet Aquarium), and I have to say I'm very disappointed! For one, the work is pretty sloppy, but more importantly, I worry about the integrity of some of the seems. Please take a look at the pics below and let me know if I should worry. I can see an air pocket in one corner, and another seem along the top of the short end of the tank is light on silicone. For those who have had glass tanks, is this normal?

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Thats not a concern imo. I have way more bubbles in my silicone, because i did it myself.

If it worries you id ask the maker. But these are normal. The only real concern is when bubbles form when its got water in it. Becaise that means the panels are separating from the silicone due to water pressure. Which means that the glass wasnt thick enough.
 

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2nd pic is hard to really see but that 1st one, yeesh. I would at least email them that pic and ask them what else they were doing at the same time they laid that seam.
 
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Thanks for the opinions. The second picture shows a seem where it looks like 1/2 the silicon has been chiseled out.

Other seems in the tank came out nicely, so I know they have the skill. Unfortunately this seem is one of the most visible, and again I worry about structural integrity. I have avoided glass tanks in the past because of fear of leaking.
 

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Then I would find that to be completely unacceptable. Even though what you show is more cosmetic than structural, it would be a non starter for me.
 
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Ooof. That first pic looks like a terrible seam. Whatever you decide on doing, definitely leak test it before walking away. Having a bubble may be nothing but visual, but can also be a sign that there wasnt good adhesion on that seam. You will see it discolor if that's the case because as it will try to unstick it'll discolor from the stress. That being said, I would absolutely be ticked off if that's how I got my tank. I would try to get a replacement or even return in and go somewhere else. I just got my 75 gal tank from Crystal Dynamics and there were two small indentations and I was slightly unpleased it wasnt 100% perfect.
 
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Yea Planet Aquariums is hit or miss. Check out my nightmare:


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