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Old 10-30-2003, 05:49 PM   #1
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Why use acrylic for SW rather than glass?

I've never had a SW tank so I don't know much of anything about them. Most freshwater folks use glass so I'm wonderning what the advantage would be for using acrylic?
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:59 PM   #2
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Acrylic is lighter, stronger, clearer, and is a better insulator than glass.

The downside is it scratches REAL easy. But at least you can buff out the scratches so it is not too bad...

If I had to do it again, I would go glass. Especially since my tank is in a high traffic area is is extremely prone to scratches.
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I watch this TV show where they make acrylic tables and they don't take the protective paper off the table while contructing it or until the table is in place because they don't want to scratch the table. Is buffing a scratch out difficult? I have cats who love to watch my fish. I bet they'd just destroy acrylic...
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To add, all acrylic tanks that I have seen are warrantied for life against leaks. Scratches are easy to buff out.
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I have never understood the "lighter" argument. How often do you move the tank for weight to matter. Unless you were just at you spaces weight limit or something, that seems kinda unimportant.

However I understand the advantages, especially if you are gonna drill your tank!

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Old 10-30-2003, 06:23 PM   #6
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I have never understood the "lighter" argument. How often do you move the tank for weight to matter. Unless you were just at you spaces weight limit or something, that seems kinda unimportant.
I was thinking the same thing :} I guess that might be a factor if you're shipping it.
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My problem would be scratching the INSIDE of the tank with crushed coral, live rocks, etc

I would be concerned about something like this.... a big determined crab causing a reef avalanche, and waking up to see a huge scratch front and center (on the inside)

Me: AUUUGH!

Crab: scuttles away, chuckling..
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Yeah, that would not be cool! My 55 is glass, and I like it fine. But like I said, I can see the advantage if you needed to drill the tank. Much easier there.

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Old 10-30-2003, 06:52 PM   #9
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Is buffing a scratch out difficult? I have cats who love to watch my fish. I bet they'd just destroy acrylic...
Not sure how difficult it is. From what I hear, it is pretty easy to do. Unless your cats have claws, I doubt they would damage the tank at all. Unless they like to bite the tank.



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I have never understood the "lighter" argument. How often do you move the tank for weight to matter. Unless you were just at you spaces weight limit or something, that seems kinda unimportant.
Glass tanks are extremely heavy when empty. Anything over 60 gallons, you really need to two people. With acrylic, one person can move massive tanks with relative ease because they are so darn light.

Also, when getting large tanks, you save a ton on shipping...

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My problem would be scratching the INSIDE of the tank with crushed coral, live rocks, etc

I would be concerned about something like this.... a big determined crab causing a reef avalanche, and waking up to see a huge scratch front and center (on the inside)
Yeah this was a concern to me when I set the tank up. Just have to be very careful when placing the LR. Glue helps stop the avalance...

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What kind of glue do you use? Somebody was asking about using hot glue on another forum.

Also, why would you need to drill your tank?

Well my two boy cats do have claws. I'll be declawing them if I can keep them (long story). I'm not sure they even use their claws. They love to sit on the hood, which is not allowed, heh. And my little Noah loves to chase the fish, especially my burmese loach :]

Thank you all so much for taking the time to answer. I'd love to do sw one day so I appreciate it :]
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