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What are the differences between Aqua Vim's wood stands and other manufacturers'?

        Long before Aqua Vim was flourishing, establishing its name and reputation in the industry as preeminent manufacturer of superior aquariums and cabinetry, imitators have been trying to take short cuts and use cheaper materials in a effort to make a product. These imitators come and go. Many could not survive even one production cycle due to the stringent quality requirements necessary in producing such fine aquarium cabinetry.

        For example, these manufacturers typically use pressed wood, or called "MDF" ( medium density fiberboard), or "HDF" ( high density fiberboard), and even "particleboard" in the weight bearing structures of an aquarium stand in a effort to cut costs. Such materials used in the making of an office desk or a small-size aquarium would generally be OK. We believe, however, that a manufacturer making such a stand for any aquarium larger than 90 gallons, completely disregards safety concerns and the consequences it might bring to consumers. Why?

        Pressed wood is made by gluing and pressing wood particles and fibers together. With the great potential for moisture coming from maintaining an aquarium, pressed wood and particleboards can quickly deteriorate. When water gets in touch with the particles, they absorb it and expand making glue lose its bonding strength. When you consider this and the considerable weight of an aquarium full of water sitting on top the stand, it's easy to imaging what might happen if someone were to lean on the tank or accidentally bump into it causing its weight to shift. It would be a disaster!

        Aqua Vim has not, does not, and will not ever use pressed wood or particleboard anywhere in its Ocean View, Lake View, and Moon View aquarium cabinet stands and canopies - Period. It doesn't matter how much less expensive these materials may be. We believe they are unsafe and therefore unsuitable for fine, large aquariums.

        For those aquarists who are more price-sensitive, Aqua Vim offers a more economic version: Grand View series aquariums. Even with our Grand View series, we often provide real wood stands (i.e. Grand View tank with Lake View stand) as the safer choice for our customers. If we have to use pressed wood at all (usually for smaller aquariums), we seal the boards with veneer or water-resistant coatings, to make sure that any possible water spilled from the aquarium will not come directly in contact with wood particles. 

        So, is our economy-minded Grand View aquarium series the least expensive aquarium on the market? The answer is, honestly, "No." Could we make it for a lower price than the competition? Yes, but then we would have to use the same kind of materials they use. We choose not to do so. We do not want to sacrifice our name, reputation or consumer safety for a little extra margin of profit now only to face problems and unhappy customers in the future.

        Does Grand View offer the best value? We strongly believe so - because no one could possibly use the same materials we do to make such high quality products and still beat our prices.

        For serious hobbyists whose budget is less restrained, we would highly recommend you consider our Ocean View, Moon View, or Lake View aquariums. The cabinet stands for these series are made using real wood, not pressed wood. For a few more dollars, you get a long-lasting piece of fine furniture and something else of great importance - peace of mind.


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