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Old 10-26-2009, 01:36 AM   #1
 
Question acrylic or glass

Does anyone know the pros and cons of going with a large (150gal) aquarium made of glas or acrylic?
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Old 10-26-2009, 02:05 AM   #2
 
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I always opt for glass. Even though both are good quality,, My expierience has been that acrylic is much easier to scratch when cleaning the inside glass with razor blade,magnetic alage scrapers etc. only takes one small grain of sand, or snail shell,or tiny pebble to do considerable damage to acrylic. Same can happen with glass, but acrylic is more unforgiving.
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Old 10-26-2009, 06:46 AM   #3
 
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i second that, my brother made a big deal about buying an acrylic tank....his side are scratched up from wiping them down with algae scrapers.....i vote glass
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:00 AM   #4
 
The only reason for going acrylic in my opinion is if you have nobody to help you move the tank.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:37 AM   #5
 
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For above reasons I'd go with glass as well. I thought acrylic was used only in aquariums that have non-square shapes. i.e. bow front, wavy front, etc.
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Old 10-26-2009, 11:37 AM   #6
 
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Acrylic actually has many advantages over glass. To name a few it's stronger, weighs less, more flexible, no chance of leaking... The main deterrence in my opinion is that is costs a whole lot more than glass, so glass is preferred by the average fish tank owner any day.

As mentioned above, it does scratch extremely easily compared to glass, but that's why they make cleaners and srubbers specifically designed for acrylic that will not scratch the tank. On the plus side, scratches on acrylic can easily be buffed away without harming the fish. Coralife makes a decent product to buff away scratches inside the tank.

If the price was cheaper, acrylic would be the best choice, but for a lot of people, me being one - glass is just more affordable, and fairly strong and durable.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:40 PM   #7
 
OK thanks. I'm sticking w/ glass too then.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:00 PM   #8
 
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glass all the way my 400 gallon will be glass
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:43 AM   #9
 
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acrylic will yellow after a few years.......
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:41 AM   #10
 
All the points made above are valid. I have both. I prefer glass, but it is real heavy to move!
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