02-22-2009, 06:50 AM
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The main difference in regards to a "show" tank, is where you put it and who is going to see it.
Imo every tank is a display tank. Its just a matter of who its being displayed to.
Glass and acrylic have their own advantages. I personally prefer glass.
Acrylic can scratch easily but there are lots of scratch kits readily available. Some of them can even be used with the tank full. And they buff out the scratches really well. Back to new even.
Once you scratch a glass tank, that's it.
As far as brands go, you can't go wrong with marineland or allglass
I don't have any first hand experience with marine depot, so I can't help you there. Sorry.
Other things... FILTRATION FILTRATION FILTRATION. Especially when you get into larger tanks you will want to put a lot of emphasis on filtration. Depending on your budget I would suggest either a good HOB filter system. (Can't beat an aqua clear 110 or 2 depending on the tank size), or if you can spring for the high end, a good canister will do the trick. The Fx5 is just about the best on the market imho, otherwise a good eheim canister will be good as well.
Hope this helped.