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Old 11-11-2008, 05:28 PM   #1
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Acrylic versus glass

I am getting ready to set up a new system, in the neighborhood of 75 gallons. Before making the investment I was wondering if there are any recommendations of acrylic or glass. I know this topic has been discussed before but after reviewing the threads it seems the last post was three and a half years ago. I am wondering if in that time if there has been any improvements that may of changed some of the opinions. I would appreciate any thoughts regarding this matter. Thanks
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My preference is for glass, mostly for price (around $90 during boxing week for a 75) and scratch resistance. I don't care much for the bracing necessary on an acrylic tank either.
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My only problem I `ve heard is that the acrylic scratches too easy. Glass you can scrape away but you have to be very careful with acrylic. BTW welcome to AA
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I've got both myself. While the acrylic is crystal clear and much lighter.....the glass is much more durable. I constantly worry about scratching the tank. If I had to do it differently I would go with the glass.

Oh, and by the way....why did I go with acrylic? I wanted a shallow tank for clams and I could easily have one made to my specs.

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Though I don't have one, I've read that the acrylics tend to yellow over time as well
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Thanks for the advice. I appreciate the feed back.
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Although I have the 5 gal acrylic for only 2-3 yrs, it is pretty scratched up (completely hazy looking due to fine scratches). It was my kid's tank & she used only a sponge to clean it, no scrubbing pad (not even the acrylic safe ones.) OTOH, I can keep glass looking new for years ....
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acrylic is lighter. when you get into larger tanks, they are nicer to your back when you have to move them.
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For a tank that size go with glass. Anything bigger than 300gals, maybe even 240gal or bigger Acrylic is usually a better choice. I did help a guy and 4 of his other friends move a 8x3x3 glass (bottom was sealed wood) tank, that wasn't easy. I have a acrylic 300gal and if (more like when) I replace it with a larger tank it will be acrylic.
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