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Old 06-30-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Glass or Acrylic Tanks?

Acrylic -VS- Glass *put to the test* - YouTube

what do you think? glass or acrylic and explain why.
(i'll go make some popcorn)
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:11 PM   #2
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Okay, I like acrylic. I like the view. It is really, really clear. I like the break resistance. I like that it insulates from temp swings. My DT is acrylic. It is expensive and easy to scratch, so if that's not a problem, go acrylic.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:13 PM   #3
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I prefer starfire glass, almost as clear as acrylic and 100% more scratch resistant. And if i had to choose, i'd go glass or acrylic. Glass has a greenish natural tint to it. Acrylic is ok if you are careful 100%... TLC always. No mistake or scratch. My two cents...
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i prefer Starphire glass as well. but it will be very very expensive. close to $2000 just for the display tank for the size tank i want. However, i have the tools to build an Acrylic tank myself.

the thing about saltwater is that you have to clean your glass every 3-4 days to keep it clean.
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:15 PM   #5
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This is true! I have starphire and i'm glad i went with it. Although i have heard and read horror stories about how easily acrylic scratches. I made my light and chose a thin sheet of acrylic to protect the light fixtures and was amazed at how easy it scuffed up.
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:44 PM   #6
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I've done acrylic and have not had complaints. Same reasons given above. It gets scratched, but with water in, you usually can't even see the scratches.
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:59 PM   #7
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I have a 135 acrylic that was all stuffed up from the previous owner and I just wet sanded and buffed it out. Can't really do that with glass. Also I ha r a 2yr old and let's just say acrylic can take a good hit.
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I've done acrylic and have not had complaints. Same reasons given above. It gets scratched, but with water in, you usually can't even see the scratches.
Yes, I scratched mine inside with a magnet cleaner that caught sand last week. Have to really look for it and even then it's no big deal. Scratches on the outside are easily polished out, but using a clean, damp microfiber cloth pretty well eliminates outside scratch danger. Oh, no more mag cleaner. It's hand acrylic only algae pad from here on out.
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Yes, I scratched mine inside with a magnet cleaner that caught sand last week. Have to really look for it and even then it's no big deal. Scratches on the outside are easily polished out, but using a clean, damp microfiber cloth pretty well eliminates outside scratch danger. Oh, no more mag cleaner. It's hand acrylic only algae pad from here on out.
what if you have pawsie kids that like to touch the tank :P or a cat that likes to jump
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I stand corrected... Enjoy! Acrylic sure does look awesome!
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