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Old 04-06-2011, 03:05 PM   #1
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Paranoid about glass

Hello All,
I'm new to fish in the last few months and I'm having a lot of fun. I was loaned a 10G in December, but now I want something bigger.

I bought a 30G from a big chain, but I am paranoid about it breaking as I have a toddler and I live in a condo, so I'm considering acrylic. I'm not overly concerned about the cost, except that I don't want to be getting a new one anytime soon if I spend a bunch on it.

So, the issues for me are:
1) size: not too big not too small (I'm leaning toward 50g: 36x15x20)
2) is it a real pain dealing with the small access holes on the SeaClear tanks?
3) Could I use a lower stand so it is easier to get into?
4) Am I just being paranoid about the glass tank?
5) to bow front or not

edit: I'm thinking I'd like to get a eheim 2217 and mount the return above the water with more holes to create a rain effect. would this be feasible?


Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-06-2011, 03:42 PM   #2
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Hey welcome to AA If you post your questions under the getting started section of fw or sw (Whatever you plan on keeping) People will be able to help you with your concerns
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I think glass would be better with a toddler... I can just imagine what my son would do to scratch the tanks if they were acrylic. Glass doesn't scratch easily, and unless your toddler has something like a hammer, I don't think you'll encounter any issues.
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I should read the rules carefully. Is it okay to just repost?

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Old 04-06-2011, 04:17 PM   #8
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You're probably right, but given my paranoia, I've combed the web for stories of tanks breaking. Big mistake. The worst are the stories where it broke for no known reason! I'm sure it's rare, but it would be a catastrophe. Aside from my daughter getting hurt, the water would go right on top of the people below me. I'd probably end up replacing their wood floors.

I'm less worried about scratched glass since she responds well to reprimanding. However, it's hard to prevent the first time she decides to throw a yo-yo. Of course, in my head, if a hammer gets within 2 feet of the tank it breaks

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Hi! I've got a seaclear 50 gallon and was suprized by the only big access to the tank being those the holes in the top. I'm short so I was worried. I am no longer. By using a small step ladder i've been able to do everything: from putting in gravel using a 4 cup scoop, to filling it, cleaning and pwc.

I've not found that it scratches easily and I know I wouldn't have been able to handle the weight of a glass one of that size.

The lights that come as a combo for the seaclear don't work for me. I like to have some open space at the top so I got another brands hood lights...

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I have a glass 55 gallon and have had it for about 8 years now. It is in excellent shape, no scratches, and very sturdy.

The only downside is it's heavy.. much heavier than acrylic.

Your glass tank won't break.
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