07-17-2009, 01:04 PM
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LOL, both offer distinct advantages its really a preference and less financial. For example, if you think a strong lightweight tank that wont leak or crack very easily is your most important factors, then acrylic will be worth the cost to you. Most hobbyists use glass because its cheaper and very common. However, glass does have a lifespan also as silicon wont hold forever. Its also more fragile, breaks for easily under pressure and has a higher chance that it will leak. I do believe that glass is still rated higher in clarity. I have seen heaters melt or warp acrylic tanks, something that wont happen with glass. Acrylic scratches easier but there are tons of products out there that will fix it up real quick. Also, underwater, most scratches wont be visible, its the scratches on the outside thats more visible. There are also protective coatings you can put on acrylic or buy scratch resistant acrylic for tanks.
Its a matter of what is most important to the buyer.
I have a small acrylic tank that ive dropped down a flight of stairs with no dmg except for a couple of scratches. Any glass tank down a flight of stairs will surely break. How often you will carry your tank up and down stairs is probably very low but the extra strength is there.
Last edited by SinCrisis; 07-17-2009 at 01:12 PM..