The percentage of leaking tanks is low, but of course when one leaks it is a traumatic event so it is generally posted about. Any time you buy a tank, no matter the manufacturer, inspect the sealant carefully. Look for bubbles or gaps. Age generally isn't an issue, it's how the tank was stored. For example, if it was set on the end instead of the base during storage, this is really bad. If it is stored outside in a garage where it can experience extreme temps, again, not so good. As long as you are buying from a reputable store these things are generally not a concern. Before setting it up permanently though, place it in the garage or basement and fill it with water, then leave it for a few days. It should be on a manufactured aquarium stand. In this way, if there is an issue, it should occur in a relatively safe place.
Again, the percentage of leaking tanks is pretty low overall. And most of them are extremely large tanks over 100 gallons that are not set up on manufactured stands. I hope this information helps, and wish you much luck with your tank!
Date published: 2019-01-08