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Old 08-01-2008, 02:55 AM   #11
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Believe me I would much rather have a glass tank then an acrylic one but the tank I have planned when my wife and I build our house just isn't possible with glass.

Keep in mind that a scratch on the inside of the tank can be buffed out but it the tank has to be empty to do it. Kind of a catch 22.

But for your purposes and being in a "shakey" area I would go with acrylic. Heck I get nervous when someone leans against my stand. After the 150 mess, an earthquake would probably send me over the edge of sanity.
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my aunt lives about 10 miles from the epicenter and she said that her kitchen was trashed - everything on the floor, broken, and jsut a mess

so i am glad your home is in one piece.

i am jsut glad i survived the great chicago earthquake of 2008

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Old 08-01-2008, 03:21 AM   #13
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Chicago 2008???

I didn't hear about that...when did that happen how big was it?
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ya - in april we had a 5.2 earthquake with some after shocks

Earthquake hits Illinois, aftershocks reported :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: News

amazing huh
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WOW! I had no idea. I guess I should listen to the news more often...nah it seems to be too much bad news lately...I'll keep listen to silly talk radio...LOL Thanks for sharing the article!
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yep - just trying to get more involved in the forums and learning too muck along the way

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Old 08-01-2008, 03:48 AM   #17
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I didn't hear about that one either, yes pretty amazing. I have lived in California my entire life (almost 29 years) and I can hardly remember feeling any earthquakes at all. Even the one this past Monday I didn't feel while I was driving on the freeway. I was about ready to throw my cell phone out the window for not connecting to who I was trying to call. About a half hour later my wife called me and I then found out why I couldn't make a call. Nobody could!
Some day "the big one" will hit here and the tank may be the least of my concerns. With that said, I'm still going with acrylic for the upgrade, just in case.
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FYI, scratches in acrylic can be buffed out from the inside and still full of water. As a matter of fact, the process is easier when the tank is full of water and poses no threat to fish or invertebrates other than excessive water agitation (depending on whether you buff by hand or pneumatic sander).
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Thats good to know thanks. It sounds like acrylic is better in every way except cost. Stronger, lasts longer, doesnt shatter/crack as easy, lighter, can buff scratches out and easier to drill.
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Check out EverClear for their kits. I highly recommend them.
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