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Old 05-16-2008, 11:09 AM   #1
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The ideal tank

I may be in the market for a new tank soon as we might be moving this summer. I would like to switch from my current 150gal 48x30x24 to a 72x24x24. My question is what would be the ideal tank as far as material (glass or acrylic) overflow style and bracing (euro or standard) This will be a reef tank with my current sump and all equipment. If you could pick the ultimate tank, what would it be? Thanks.
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I'd stick wtih glass, after having both, I prefer glass b/c it can't scratch and is easier to clean. Can't help with overflow style or bracing though.
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:43 PM   #3
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Glass does indeed scratch, just not as easily. I prefer acrylic for large aquaria due to its light weight, clarity (starfire glass is an option), and easier to customize. Buffering scratches isn't exactly rocket science either I would look into the external overflow, often termed "coast to coast" along with a closed loop design which would leave your tank void of any visual obstructions including powerheads.
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I`m a glass person but that`s just my preference.
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I agree with Innovator, glass can scratch and they are usually permanent. Acrylic is the way to go with large tanks. The "coast-to-coast" overflow is awesome and really frees up space in the tank plus you get maximum suface skimming. If I were putting in a large tank over 210g I would go with acrylic.
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Here is an easy to read article on the coast to coast:
BeanAnimal's Bar and Grill - Silent and Fail-Safe Overflow System
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Here is an easy to read article on the coast to coast:
BeanAnimal's Bar and Grill - Silent and Fail-Safe Overflow System

Just a note that BeanAnimal's is an internal coast to coast...
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That is a really cool setup! Neat engineering. I'd love to see one actually running.
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Oh, I didn't know anything about them so thanks for letting me know the difference! Pretty cool stuff. Do you have a link on an external one?
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Try Reef Central Online Community - overflow box

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