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gluckbot 02-22-2009 03:31 AM

OK so, I just received my refund and every year I put it all towards bills except for like a $100. Well this time I want to actually buy myself something nicer than normal. So I have a few questions because I want to make sure I purchase a good product since everything will be expensive so here goes.
1) What is the difference between a "show" aquarium and a regular one?
2) Should I go with acrylic or glass? How easy is it to scratch the acrylic?
3) Any reputable brands? Some of the brands that stick out to me are Oceanic or Clear For Life
4) I was thinking about buying it from Has anyone dealt with them before or heard anything positive or negative about them?
5) Any other info you might think is important?
I would just really appreciate any advice because I don't want to get ripped off or buy something that is of poor quality. Oh and the tank size I am looking for is 55-100 gallons. Thanks a lot:roll:

aspects 02-22-2009 05:50 AM

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.

gluckbot 02-22-2009 09:24 AM

Thanks for your input. I actually have an AquaClear 110 on my current tank. Ultimately would like to purchase a canister filter.

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