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bigali 04-20-2009 11:00 PM

acrylic VS Glass witch if any is better
Ok so i ahve found some great deals on aquaiums on the web and out there. I like to keep feshwater fish for now but may get into salt later not sure. I have a 29 gal glass with a whisper 30 filter and 2 10 gla tanks also glass... found a sea clear acrylic tank 40 gal for about 200 new with filter and stuff and am a little vexed. neverous because i dont know anything about acrylic.. i know one of my 10 gallon tanks sprung a leak nad made mess on my floor.. Luckily no fish were harmed, so dont know would love to take the next step in size and wonder about the 2.. any help would be great ... THANKs
29-40 Gallon Rectangle Aquarium Kit - Aquariums at Aquariums Directthis is the one i think i want have seen it around

Busgod 04-21-2009 12:38 AM

I prefer glass, I have had two acrylic tanks in my house and they seem to me to grow algae faster than glass but mabye It's just me. Also check Ebay And Craigslist for great tank deals lots to choose from usauly

1077 04-21-2009 05:43 AM

I like glass. Acrylic scratches much more easily.

Tyyrlym 04-21-2009 06:15 AM

Glass. I love my Eclipse but acrylic scratches too easily. It's not just internet hearsay, it really does.

Sj45 04-22-2009 10:35 PM

If you don't plan on putting anything against the wall (scratching it), acrylic is much lighter...

Tyyrlym 04-23-2009 01:11 PM

I didn't put anything against the front of the tank. It will get scratched whether or not you lean something against it.

Also, even if its lighter, how often are you actually going to move it?

bigali 04-23-2009 02:50 PM

the one thing i see that acrylic has going for it is that there are no seams to leak, i think!

froglady 04-23-2009 05:57 PM

I have use for both. my smaller 5 gallon is acrylic and the larger one is glass.

Fishin Pole 04-24-2009 07:14 AM

i prefer glass tanks over stated, acrylic scratches much too easy and i have seen acrylic tanks start to fog up after years of use..............Yes, they are lighter, and yes, SOME have no seams, but i dont move my tanks very often and only ever had 2 tanks leak in 20 years of fish keeping............

HereFisheeFishee 04-27-2009 05:31 PM

I've used both kinds of tanks.
While there are perks to acrylic (better thermal insulation, No leaky seams, and lighter)
I MUCH prefer glass. I don't have to worry about scratching it nearly as much.

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