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Old 06-11-2014, 01:45 PM   #1
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Glass Vs Acrylic?

I know this topic has been covered before, but what does everyone thing? I am going to have a 72x28x20 in tank built and the price difference between glass and acrylic is huge, acrylic being cheaper. My main issue is, I currently have an Elos system and the system I want from Elos would be around 8K which at this point, I can't justify.
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If acrylic is cheaper, then go for it. It's also better then glass in shipping. Just be careful, it scratches easily!
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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).
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900 and 600 is $1500 did you forget a 1 on front of those? If not I'd take the extra $1400 on equipment. Just my $.02
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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).

So, just the glass tank is $2900?
The Acrylic with the stand and shipped is $2700...
That's a really big difference when you factor in the shipping for the stand and glass...

Where are you ordering from?
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My fault. It's $1200 for the tank, $950 for the stand and $600 for shipping.
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So, just the glass tank is $2900?
The Acrylic with the stand and shipped is $2700...
That's a really big difference when you factor in the shipping for the stand and glass...

Where are you ordering from?
The glass tank was from coast to coast here in NJ, so I could pick that up. The tank and stand from them (all glass) was close to $6000. The acrylic tank, someone from Reef2reef who does this for a living was quoting me.

Here is the acrylic tank site:

worldclassaquariums.com
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IMO... Do the acrylic and get some nice equipment like BigRed said.
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So, just the glass tank is $2900?
The Acrylic with the stand and shipped is $2700...
That's a really big difference when you factor in the shipping for the stand and glass...

Where are you ordering from?

That's a good point, is the glass one being made locally?


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My fault. It's $1200 for the tank, $950 for the stand and $600 for shipping.
That makes more sense
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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.
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