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lynneticknor 11-14-2008 11:16 AM

Starphire Glass vs. Regular Glass
As I mentioned in an earlier thread, I am thinking of going to a bigger aquarium, a 55 or 70 gallon. I keep reading about starphire glass and how it is so much clearer than regular glass. I definately don't want an acrylic tank because I have 4 kids and I know that it will end up scratched. Any thoughts on starphire or other types of low-iron glass?

Kim 11-14-2008 01:52 PM

Personally, I would go with whichever is cheapest, but that's because I don't have much of a budget. I have glass tanks and can see through them fine, I have never even heard of starphire glass before!

Tyyrlym 11-17-2008 07:49 AM

If I were you I'd try and find an aquarium near you that used starphire glass and have a look for yourself. That'd let you see if its really going to be worth paying extra for.

lynneticknor 11-18-2008 11:45 AM

Thanks for the suggestion. I went to my lfs who had both regular glass tanks and starphire glass tanks. The owner suggested going with starphire only if I plan on photographing the tank. Since photography is another love of mine, I think I might try it. I am still waiting on price quotes, however. The cost of starphire may be more than I'm willing to pay. Apparently, low-iron glass is pretty common in saltwater tanks but less so in freshwater tanks. Does anyone have any experience with starphire glass?

SinCrisis 11-19-2008 11:40 AM

Tyyrlym 11-19-2008 01:16 PM

One way to keep costs down would be to see about only having the panes you'll be viewing the tank through made of the low iron glass.

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