Originally Posted by Breakthecycle2
That's my main issue, the scratching. An all glass tank in this size is $2900. In acrylic, it's $900 plus $600 shipped (with the stand) for a total of $2700 shipped (tank and stand).
I was just thinking about this the other day and came up with a solution for working in the tank without scratching it.
Get some thin clear plastic or even some thin sheets of acrylic in the sizes of the display panels. Flexible plastic would be best.
Then just put it in the tank against the display panel you are working near so it acts as a barrier.
I have seen some clear, flexible cutting boards for pretty cheap that would work, at least for my 30 gallon, you may need something bigger.
Plus if you have the choice, I would always go acrylic.
Aside from scratching easier, it beats glass in every other aspect, stronger, clearer, better insulated, easily drilled/modified for DIY modifications.