50 gal acrylic or 55 gal glass?
Well I tore down my ten and 12 g tanks last year to move, and so I'm getting ready to get started again!
This time I'm debating between a seaclear 50g and a normal 55g glass tank.
The pros of the acrylic are that it's lighter, clearer, and has a smaller footprint.
The cons are that it seems algae gets on the top of the tank under the "lip" where I doubt the snails will get it. And it scratches easily. Both really bug me, cuz I will see them.
The height of the two tanks is close, and I intend to grow plants. So that means extra light, as well. I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do for light, or if I should even go coverless?
As for what's in the tank: I'm thinking maybe sand, yoyo loaches, and malaysian trumpet snails. I'll have to figure out what plants will go in - if it will be just plants that attach themselves to driftwood, or actually root, and what does well in sand... I'm not sure that ghost shrimp will survive with the loaches, since I hear they tend to eat them. And for the top part of the tank I'm not sure what I will get? Female bettas? Gourami? Rasboras? .... I guess I will look into loaches more to see what they go along with.