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Old 12-09-2008, 12:59 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I was just having a conversation with my wife about switching our Glass 55 Gallon Aquarium to Acrylic. It would be the same measurements as the original just Acrylic. What do you guys think is Acrylic better than glass? Or should I make the switch? We only want to do for the safety or our kids I think glass right now having children around is way to risky... Let me know what you guys think....

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Old 12-09-2008, 02:20 PM   #2
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I have an acrylic tank and it scrathes way to easy. On the issue of safty and children, I would make the switch and just be careful of scratching the tank.
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Old 12-09-2008, 02:26 PM   #3
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I prefer acrylic for lighter weight, durability, and clarity. They do scratch easier than glass (glass does scratch), but at least acrylic can be buffered out. I think a glass tank would suit fine for anything under 75g, but anything above that and I buy acrylic. Once full neither will be tipped easily and if you are worried about flying objects you can purchase a thicker pane of glass, but then you are getting into custom work.
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Hmmm...What is your concern with the kids?

I agree with Innovator's assessment. Be prepared to pay quite a bit more for the acrylic tank.
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Hmmm...What is your concern with the kids?

I agree with Innovator's assessment. Be prepared to pay quite a bit more for the acrylic tank.
My concern is I caught my little 3 year old with a Hammer and almost nail the glass aquarium with it.... You know kids @ that age they are Curious for everything and they think they can be help to Daddy... LOL... and I had a almost 2 year old that's already hiding under the tank thinking it's a hiding place... Kids will be kids but I am more concern for there safety and if that hammer or anything would bang against a glass aquarium would break I would hate to see the Neighbor downstairs from us wondering why is my ceiling leaking so much....
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I fully understand believe me!!!

Perhaps acrylic is the way to go for you for now.
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I fully understand believe me!!!

Perhaps acrylic is the way to go for you for now.
Thanks. I am not really worried about the price. I already email to get a quote to have a Build in Skimmer mounted on or into the tank. Since the Acrylic Tanks have the Closed over heads and it's hard to get a HOB hooked on there... So we will see how it goes and if everything goes threw I'll give you guys an update....
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Well $299 is going to be the price for a New one With HOB accessible.... Which is great. Well hopefully in the next month or so I will get this going and for now. I have a couple Questions...

1. Make the switch over from glass to Acrylic, Can I use the same Substrate or should it be replaced with new Substrate?
2. Would I have to go threw the Cycle process again? (It's like starting all over again)
3. How long would it be before putting my live stock back into the Main Tank?

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1. I would suggest just starting over with new substrate. It's not that expensive and you run a big risk trying to transfer over the old sand bed.
2. You will probably see a mini-cycle but since most of the bacteria lives on your LR and your transferring that over it should be a much shorter then normal cycle.
3. If you have some other tank to keep them in that would be the best for a couple days while the new tank goes through this mini cycle. Shouldn't take more then a week i would guess though. Just keep an eye on the parameters in the new tank so you know when it is finished cycling.
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It's ok to have them in a 18 gallon tote until that process is finish or I can just put them back into the 55 gallon once it's all clean out from all the sand and LR?
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