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Old 03-09-2016, 05:50 PM   #1
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Acrylic or Glass 150G

I plan on upgrading to a 150G freshwater soon, and I'm looking for some opinions on whether to purchase a glass or acrylic aquarium. Money isn't really an issue, I'm 100% concerned about appearance and weight.

Plus I've read conflicting articles saying acrylic will actually yellow over time if you have powerful lights?
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:36 AM   #2
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I have 18 acrylic tanks, including one I have had for 26 years . Never had a problem with yellowing but you do have to be careful about scratching them.


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Yeah, that was maybe 45 years ago when acrylic tanks were first being made or if cheap acrylic is used. Any of the name brand tanks or reputable custom fabrication companies will be using good acrylic. I have two that are over 30 years old, no yellowing, but beat to heck...LOL


benefits of acrylic are;
less weight
greater strength
close too 100% clarity/no color (colorless glass costs a premium)
better insulation/less heat transfer
virtually leak proof
can be easily DIY drilled and plumbed
drawbacks are;
scratches easily BUT they can be buffed and polished out
depending on the construction and other factors, sometimes the top bracing can warp from the lights.

benefits of glass;
you can usually work inside a glass tank easier than an acrylic
less expensive

the drawbacks of glass are pretty much the opposite of the benefits of acrylic.
glass can be scratched as well, it isn't as easy, but you can't buff out the scratches in glass very easily either, so.....

IMO acrylic always trumps glass
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