Deep Blue Pro 50 Gallon Tank Reviewed – ADB11051


This Deep Blue Professional 50 Gallon ADB11051 Aquarium offers improved visibility and clarity, when compared to glass tank from other manufactures as it is made from the thickest distortion free low-iron glass in the industry. Finished with a black injection molded frame and black silicone sealed seams this is a quality tank designed to last.To increase durability the base of this tank is made of tempered glass whilst the side panels are standard glass, allowing you to cut holes or modify as necessary (if you choose to modify it will invalidate the warantee).

Capacity50 Gallons
Dimensions38" Length x 18" Width x 18" Width
Type of HabitatAquatic
ShapeRectangle
MaterialGlass
Warranty5 Year Seam Guarantee
What's included?Aquarium.
Price$$ - Good value tank.
SupplierAmazon. Check availability here.

Standing at 36” wide x 18” length x 18” high this tank is perfect setup for fresh, salt or marine fish once a filter, lighting and hood have been chosen. This Deep Blue Professional 50 Gallon aquarium is backed by their 5 year guarantee against seam leaks providing quality reassurance for the initial purchaser. Being a relatively young manufacturer Deep Blue initially received a few queries regarding slightly messy seams, since then quality control appears to have vastly improved thus producing high quality tanks at very competitive prices.


Aquarium Materials : Glass Vs Acrylic


W hen looking to start and buy an aquarium you have two choices, Acrylic or Glass. Each contain water and your aquatic environment equally well, so lets take a look at the pros and cons of each fish tank material.

Material Color / Tint

Acrylic, effectively a plastic tank, has not tint or color to the material thus enhancing the viewer’s experience and giving you a true vision of your fish. Glass tanks tend to vary either giving you a slightly blue or green tinge as the material is slightly colored, this can be offset slightly by choosing to use lighting of a different color temperature. You may have seen our reviews of the Starfire cubic aquariums on our site the type of glass fitted to these is of much high quality than that of most, giving you the same color depth as that of an acrylic tank albeit at the same cost. Although initially cleared and brighter as Acrylic tanks age they may become slightly cloudy whereas glass retains its original clarity.

Starfire Glass is of much higher quality giving you the same color depth as Acrylic.

Weight

Due to the nature of glass tanks made of it tend to be very heavy, requiring two people to move them. An acrylic 55 Gallon aquarium weighs in at a light 42lbs whilst the glass equivalent is almost double that at 78lbs. If you have any intention of potentially moving or altering your setup, clearly an acrylic has the upper hand.

Visual Distortion

With light bending / refracting when it enters a transparent material a slight visual distortion can occur thus impeding or altering the of your aquatic life. Albeit a very slim piece of glass (between 6 – 20mm dependent on size) it could affect your view although with little or minor effect. As for acrylic this material causes little if any visual distortion occurs.

Seams / Bonding

Aquariums are built from 5 sheets of either glass or acrylic (assuming the aquarium is a rectangle or cube) these are then joined and bonded together.
Some glass manufacturers such as Deep Blue Professional choose to build black injection molded frames to support the weight of the water inside, although this further impairs the view of the fish it helps improve durability and reduce the likelihood of damage. Others use silicone to join each glass sheet together preventing visibility being reduced although with enough force (where the edges of the material meet) this could be separated.
Alternatively Acrylic aquariums are chemically bonded and you will notice if you look at the joins it should appear seamless thus being stronger and less likely to impede your view.

Filter and pump installation

Most glass tank owners tend to hang their filters from the side, simply stuck on using suction cups appropriately provided, as the tanks either are not pre-drilled for filtration or stumps. Many of manufacturers, ie Deep Blue Professional, Marineland and Aqueon, now supply an overflow system with their tanks enabling users to easily get started and hide filters / pumps. Assuming the glass is not tempered you should be able to carefully drill holes (with diamond drill bits / hole saw and cornoil) to fit appropriate sump or tubing (drill or cut holes into a tank at your own risk).

Similarly many acrylic tanks, such as those from Sea Clear and Clear-for-Life, now have premium filtration options available, ie system 2 and UniQuarium, pre plumbed and ready to go. In the main most are not pre plumbed with acrylic tanks simply being plastic you can quite easily drill holes to the rear or side panels as you deem necessary without the same likelihood of damaging your tank.
Scratches

Being plastic Acrylic tanks are far more likely to scratch or craze, these can be buffed out although this is a tiresome job and is likely to take a good few hours to do. Tools such as algae scrapers and magnetic algae cleaners are the biggest cause of damage. If you choose an acrylic aquarium place an acrylic pad between the outside of tank and the magnetic cleaner to prevent scratches. Rather than using an algae scraper use an acrylic safe algae scrubber making cleaning whilst retaining a beautiful view. Similarly stones, rocks and coral are all a hazard, when setting up be careful on placing to prevent damaging the material.

Insulation

Naturally acrylic is a better insulator in comparison to glass making it easier to manage a consistent temperature ideal for reef and coral setups.

Cracks and Breaks

As you know glass damages easily on impact and small chips can easily grow in to large cracks. Regardless whether you have a glass or acrylic fish tank, it is best to be cautious around them as most damage, cracks or breaks are caused by neglect rather than as defects. Being seamless Acrylic is less likely to break or damage, albeit impact is likely to leave a scratch or mark.

Cost

Typically glass aquariums, unless made of the higher quality Starfire Glass (like those of SC Aquariums), tend to be cheaper than the acrylic alternative.

Each glass and acrylic have their advantages and disadvantages, the choice lies in your hand when choosing for your next aquatic project, hopefully the above has shed some light on for your choice.


Which is the Most Suitable Aquarium Manufacturer For You?


With such a huge variety of manufacturers which specialise in aquariums and supplies for your pet fish, it can be a struggle to decide which one to use for different products. One manufacturer might seem to be better for filters, whereas another is clearly the best choice for gravel or algae scrapers.

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Clear-for-Life

Clear-For-Life Aquariums Logo

The Clear-for-Life aquarium products are manufactured by Advanced Aqua Tanks, a company which is widely regarded as one of the leading brands in the industry. Here are some popular features of Clear-for-Life:

  • The aquariums come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, which gives the buyer peace of mind that any leakage problems will be fixed without incurring extra costs.
  • A lot of aquariums from this manufacturer are not only high quality, but are also very beautiful to look at.
  • High-grade insulation is used in the tanks, enabling the temperature to be better regulated.

Clear-for-Life have also gathered plenty of publicity through their popular UniQuariums. Since these are the top-of-the-range products offered by the company, you can’t expect to get a cheap deal. However, there is no plumbing or drilling necessary with these tanks, making them perfect for beginners or those who want something as simple as just adding water.

Although Clear-for-Life tanks are notably more expensive than other such products, the vast majority of customers are hugely satisfied with the quality. This manufacturer doesn’t make any other products besides fish tanks, which means it can concentrate all efforts onto producing some of the best quality aquariums on the market today.


Top Fin

TopFin Aquatic LogoPetSmart’s home brand for all things aquarium, you can get almost anything with the name Top Fin, from starter kits to filters to ornaments.

A lot of the Top Fin starter kits are popular products, particularly the 55-Gallon Aquarium Starter Kit, which certainly went down well with customers. A lot of beginners to keeping fish seem to choose these products due to their simplicity and ease of setting up.

In the past, Top Fin bottles of water dechlorinator were recalled after the liquid inside was actually bacteria supplement, and last year, PetSmart recalled plastic aquarium heaters after a risk of electric shock was discovered. However, the problem was rectified instantly and no harm occurred as a result of the heaters. Customers were offered full refunds for the products, showing that PetSmart place a lot of emphasis on their good customer service.


DeepBlue Professional

DeepBlue Professional Aquariums LogoThis manufacturer creates everything you could possibly wish for when it comes to aquariums, including heaters, filters, décor and tanks. DeepBlue Professional prides itself in providing quality items at affordable prices.

One of the features exclusive to this manufacturer which many existing customers love is the black silicone that is used in the creation of the aquariums. This makes them even more durable and strong, and adds a bold and beautiful look to the tanks.

Another optional feature of most of the tanks is the tempered glass, and is available when purchasing tanks such as the 1.5-Gallon 3-way Betta Tank Kit and the 75-Gallon Reef Ready Glass Aquarium. While many customers have commented on the strength and durability which this brings, other customers aren’t too impressed, so this one really is a matter of opinion.

The vast majority of their products have excellent reviews of Amazon, and with such a variety of products available, you can find almost anything you want for your aquarium.


Marineland

Marineland LogoPreviously known as Perfecto Manufacturing, Marineland is a company which began is 1968 and has been striving to produce quality goods ever since. With a strong history of innovation, this company, much like DeepBlue Professional, has a huge range of products available.

Marineland has received typically excellent reviews for their aquariums and tanks, but customers were less impressed with their LED lighting systems, with several people stating that they did not last as long as expected or advertised. Heaters and filters have generally been rated as being good, and food and water care products are popular with customers.

A popular Marineland product is the Marineland Desktop Kit, a small tank which is available in either 3-gallon or 5-gallon sizes. With an adjustable flow filter pump and a hinged or sliding canopy making it easy to feed your pet fish, they’re easy to assemble and make a perfect addition to a living room or office.


Tetra

Tetra LogoApart from manufacturing aquariums and other aquatic products, Tetra also produces large vivariums and reptile enclosures.
This is a good company to use if you’re looking for food and water care products for your fish. Some of the highest ratings which they’ve received are for products such as water conditioner and water treatment tablets.

Tetra is also well-known for its small, budget aquarium kits. As a branch of the larger company, Marineland, it seeks to provide quality and affordability in all its products. The LED Betta Tank Kit, for example, is just $20 to purchase, yet has received excellent reviews from customers.

For beginners, a lot of information can be found on their website, which is one of the reasons why it targets those who perhaps have had little experience with aquariums. There are great deals on Amazon for those who are looking to start an aquarium or upgrade to something larger and better.


SC Aquariums

SC Starfire Aquariums LogoAlthough Starfire glass tanks can be more expensive than others, many aquarium experts believe that if you can afford it, you should buy one. SC Aquariums specialises in Starfire glass tanks, and the quality does not disappoint.

You can find many of these aquariums for sale on Amazon. Searching through their products on this website also gives you the chance to read the many glowing reviews which have been left by previous buyers, many of them 5-star ratings.

One of the features which many customers seem to like about these tanks is the rimless style, and several people recommended using colourful LED lights to add to the beauty of the aquarium. While SC Aquariums does not manufacture anything except for the tanks, you can easily buy other supplies for your aquarium from one of the other manufacturers mentioned.

Many Starfire aquariums are pre-plumbed, making them ideal for reef tanks. Aquatic fans generally don’t like the hassle of plumbing once they have purchased tanks, so these are an easier option and can look beautiful too.

If you’re on a budget, these tanks might not be the most suitable choice for you, since you can expect to pay around $750 for a 66-Gallon Starfire aquarium. However, you’re unlikely to find tanks of this quality at a much cheaper price.


SeaClear

Sea Clear LogoIn terms of price, you should expect to pay roughly $200 for a 30-Gallon aquarium from SeaClear. This manufacturer boasts itself in providing tanks that are almost unbreakable and virtually leak-proof. However, the durability and sturdiness doesn’t make them heavier, since they are designed using acrylic materials which makes them more lightweight than similarly-sized products.

Not only does the acrylic material make these tanks so strong yet lightweight, but users can also put salt water in the tanks without having to worry about erosion – something which is a common problem with glass tanks.

Apart from producing aquatic products, SeaClear is a company which specialises in the design and installation of tanks. One of their popular tanks is the 50-Gallon Rectangular Aquarium Combo, which has attractive rounded edges.

SeaClear is a suitable manufacturer for those who want something stable, yet don’t have a large budget which caters for aquariums such as those made by Starfire. Customers tend to comment often on their customer service, which is second to none.


Aqueon

Aqueon Logo - It's all about the fish.Products from Aqueon are designed by those who are truly passionate about aquatics. It was previously known as All Glass Aquariums, a company which provided quality aquariums to customers. Buyers have reported that even after the name change, the products remain of the same good quality.

With the slogan “It’s all about the fish”, this manufacturer offers starter kits, food, furniture, water care, filtration products, décor, lighting and much more. Much like DeepBlue Professional, you can buy everything you need for your tank right here.

Aqueon has hundreds of excellent reviews for its filter systems and tanks, and is regarded as one of the world’s largest aquarium manufacturers. People who have used their tanks for years have reported that the quality is impeccable, and many believe that they are of better quality than products from Marineland.

This manufacturer produces many desktop aquariums, in small sizes ranging from one to five gallons, giving every customer the chance to choose the perfect tank. The 2.5-Gallon Desktop Kit comes with a filter to keep the water consistently clean, has an appealing design and can be purchased for less than $80.

Aqueon is a well-established company which has managed to build up a huge customer base over several years. You can find many plastic starter kits priced at around $50 or less, which are perfect for anyone looking to start an aquarium and build up their experience.


Time for you to choose your Aquarium and Manufacturer

It’s clear to see that although different aquatic manufacturers offer the same type of products, you can choose the best one for you based on the suitability. At the end of the day, it all comes down to your individual needs in terms of what you want from an aquarium, but researching different products and manufacturers is the best way forward.


Deep Blue Professional 75 Gal Reef Ready Aquarium ADB11075 – Review & Spec


The Deep Blue Professional ADB11075 is a 75 gallon tank that is reef ready and is made of durable glass, measuring 48 inches by 18 inches by 20 inches and is an aquarium built to a standard and made to last. The construction consists of the thickest glass that you can get without any distortions so it can support the weight of the water and the rest of your decorations and substrate without any problems, but without causing any distortion when you look through it. This aquarium is made by Deep Blue Professional, so it is built to DB standards for quality aquarium and marine products.

Capacity75 Gallons
Dimensions48" Length x 18" Width x 20" High
Type of HabitatAquatic
ShapeRectangle
MaterialGlass
WarrantyLimited
What's included?Compact Corner overflow, pre-filter, pre-drilled drain and return holes, complete plumbing kit, tempered base, distortion free glass.
Price$$$$ - High quality professional tank.

This aquarium is designed to impress and look amazing no matter which room you put it in and with features like a black industrial strength seal and diamond polish edges along with universally moulded frames it is easy to see why. On some models it comes with tempered glass technology. It is a tank that is perfect for both freshwater and saltwater fish and it features an optional glass canopy and has a capacity of 75 gallons, perfect for large species of fish and suitable for both freshwater and marine environments. Made in the USA by Deep Blue Professional.


Rimless Deep Blue Reef Ready Edge75 Aquarium – Review & Spec


The Deep Blue Professional from the DB Edge series of aquariums provides a tempered glass housing for ultimate safety, all while delivering 75 gallons of total water capacity. One strong advantage of this beautiful rimless Reef Ready Deep Blue Professional tank is that is a fully plumbed design, making it easy to add your components and get started.

Capacity75 Gallons
Dimensions48" Length x 18" Wide x 20" High
Type of HabitatAquatic
ShapeRectangle
MaterialGlass
WarrantyLimited.
What's included?Opti-Pure glass front panel, rimless top design, center-back overflow pre-filter with patented Floodgate & cover. Complete plumbing kit included. Upgraded glass panes on all sides, drilled and tempered for strength and safety.
Price$$$ - Premium grade modern fish tank.
SupplierAvailable to purchase from Amazon

For a large tank of this capacity, it’s helpful to use a full pump system to ensure adequate water flow throughout the tank. Having plumbing pre-installed helps make this an easy process and ensures your fish have a healthy environment.

By using tempered glass, this tank offers a unique feature that many aquariums don’t address. Should the worst happen and your tank suffers damage strong enough to break the glass, it won’t leave dangerous glass shards that could cause damage to humans or animals. Another enhanced glass feature is Deep Blue Professional’s use of Opti-Pure glass, which allows more light to penetrate the tank for enhanced brightness and clarity.

This tank can be used for any type of aquarium, but it’s especially well suited to displaying the exotic colors provided by saltwater life. It provides plenty of room to support a coral reef, should you decide to go this route with your fish tank setup.