I want to ask everyone's opinion regarding buying a new tank. I am planning to buy a 75 gallon tank. At first, I was shooting for 55G. But after some research, I realized that 75G maybe better. Anyways, all I care is not the depth, but rather the width/length. This aquarium will be for (majorly) bottom feeders and invertebrates. In addition, I am planning to step my level in aquatic plants (I got challenged from previous thread). Besides my current plants, I am planning to have some hard-care level plants (please give me some ideas - list).
Now that I have figured out the aquarium size, I am in the dilemma of the material. At first, I was looking for Aqueon aquariums and stands in Petsmart. However, after few research, I discovered that large aquariums made of glass tend to be prone to leak. This make sense since larger water means larger mass/force and silicone is the only sealing material. In addition, the stand material/wood is not to my liking (seems too weak). DIY stand will be impossible for me since I do not have any necessary tools/equipment.
Moreover, I started looking at acrylic tanks and stands. I almost made up my mind buying one with stand as a set. However, I backed out due to its prone to scratches. I mean, I am a careful person. But I will have few problems with acrylic. First, there is a higher chance that I will be moving few instances in a year (due to work). Second, I have nerite snails. I have seen these guys scratch a PVC
pipe. Imagine what they can do in acrylic tank.
Now, I don't know what to do. I may probably willing to pay up to $1000 max (hopefully less) for a tank with cover (and lighting) and stand. However, I just don't know what and where to buy. And guess what? I will be moving in few weeks.
Any suggestion, comment or opinion?