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Old 07-22-2015, 04:40 PM   #1
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Ultra clear tank VS traditional tank

Hey guys, I have noticed that people in America mostly use traditional aquarium tanks that come with build-in light systems and filtration. However in Japan ultra clear aquariums tanks are very popular and commonly seen in people's houses. Those super clear low iron tanks are beautiful and highly transparent.
My question is why there is no market for this kinda aquarium tanks in America? Would you guys be interested in it if it becomes available in the aquarium stores in your cities? Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Here are some pictures:
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Old 07-22-2015, 04:51 PM   #2
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they are available, it's called Starfire glass.
It is a bit more expensive than regular glass, and only a little less than acrylic, so from a cost vs benefit perspective, I think a lot of people either don't feel it's that important or opt for acrylic.
Personally I prefer acrylic for a variety of reasons
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they are available, it's called Starfire glass.
It is a bit more expensive than regular glass, and only a little less than acrylic, so from a cost vs benefit perspective, I think a lot of people either don't feel it's that important or opt for acrylic.
Personally I prefer acrylic for a variety of reasons
Hi Smith,
Thank you for your thoughts. The city where I live has no such tanks. Generally what's the cost of a starfire glass tank?
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Old 07-22-2015, 05:05 PM   #4
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First, Japan has a tradition for the aesthetic. My understanding is that the average Japanese home is small and so carefully and aesthetically furnished.

I don't know how the low iron tanks are marketed in Japan but in the U.S. they must be sought out and they are much more expensive. A regular tank can keep fish as well. Many people in the U.S. want to keep larger tanks and the low iron tanks get cost prohibitive.

I see a lot of small aesthetically pleasing tanks pictured on this forum but this is a group of enthusiasts. If I weren't a forum member I wouldn't even know about low iron tanks. I first learned about them here.

Of course I'm generalizing and I've never been to Japan, so this is merely conjecture. Each kind of tank has its place. It depends on the goal of the fish keeper. There are many different kinds of tanks and that's a good thing. As long as they are healthy, maintained places for the fish and/or plants I don't really see them are being more than different personal choices.

I have a 29 gallon acrylic tank. They are also more expensive, though not as expensive as low iron, but certainly more expensive than regular glass. I had to seek it out, too. You don't just walk Petco or Petsmart and walk out with a 20 gallon or larger acrylic tank either. I like the clarity and aesthetic of my acrylic tank.

So these are just some random thoughts. Maybe if you walked into the large chain stores and there were rows of low iron tanks, they were featured in product placement, etc., you'd see them in more homes in the U.S. People can't want what they don't know about.




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Old 07-22-2015, 05:25 PM   #5
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P.S. In the U.S. here's what an Amazon search turns up on low iron tanks. You definitely need to know what you are looking for.

Amazon.com: Low iron tanks: Pet Supplies
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P.S. In the U.S. here's what an Amazon search turns up on low iron tanks. You definitely need to know what you are looking for.

Amazon.com: Low iron tanks: Pet Supplies
Thank you so much for being so thoughtful! Wow those aquariums are not cheap! So in your opinion the high price is the only reason that keeps people away from this product? What if, say, one day the low iron tank becomes a lot more affordable than they are today? What if the price is 60% compared to today and you can easily find them in most of the stores in your city? Will it be popular then? Thank you! This question's been haunting me for days.
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Hi Smith,
Thank you for your thoughts. The city where I live has no such tanks. Generally what's the cost of a starfire glass tank?
that depends on the size and most are only available as custom tanks.
Try glasscages.com as a starting point, but really any place that does custom tanks will usually offer low iron glass as an option.
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Thank you so much for being so thoughtful! Wow those aquariums are not cheap! So in your opinion the high price is the only reason that keeps people away from this product? What if, say, one day the low iron tank becomes a lot more affordable than they are today? What if the price is 60% compared to today and you can easily find them in most of the stores in your city? Will it be popular then? Thank you! This question's been haunting me for days.
Again this is strictly conjecture and personal opinion, but this is the internet so...

My opinion is that price is one reason, not the only reason. Availability and product knowledge are some others.

If they were less expensive I imagine that at least more diehard enthusiasts would have them. I'm not sure about the general public who are more casual about fish keeping and the aesthetic of their tank.

Right now, many of the low iron tanks are not in the more common U.S. aquarium sizes, so finding stands, hoods, canopies, etc, is not as easy.

There are many possible reasons. I see availability, product knowledge and marketing as even more important than cost.
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So are you trying to start a business or interested in importing them or what?
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Can I ask, does adding iron to glass strengthen it?

What is thr purpose of it, as the CON is it adds green tinge color to glass.


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