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troutbum
06/26/2010, 12:30 PM
I know that ''no barrier'' or top down viewing provides the most accurate colours, but is there a difference between acrylic and starphire when viewing the corals and fish of our aquariums?

firereef
06/26/2010, 12:57 PM
Starphire is more clear. Acrylic gets a bit scratchy after awhile no matter how much you try not to scratch it.

noahm
06/26/2010, 01:06 PM
Acrylic is actually more clear, but it does scratch easer.

troutbum
06/26/2010, 01:10 PM
Thanks for your replys. The scratch resistance debate has been covered many times before, with glass the victor, but i'm more interested in which one is the better with regards to accurately reproducing colours.

noahm
06/26/2010, 01:28 PM
The difference is negligible. Acrylic generally has a minimum 92% visible light transmission, while Starphire specs at 91%. Personally, I would probably go starphire/low iron on my next tank, but I really like my acrylic and may stick with that as well. No help here, lol. The bigger the tank, the more I lean toward acrylic (weight/handling, ease of drilling, impact resistance etc.)

troutbum
06/26/2010, 01:35 PM
Thanks for the information. They really are close in specifications and I don't imagine the 1% makes that much difference when viewing the corals.

inktomi
06/26/2010, 02:23 PM
For what it's worth, I have starphire glass on 3 sides of my tank - and when it's clean and free from algae you can't tell that there's glass there. I've never had an acrylic tank - they seem so expensive - so I can't comment on those tanks - but I've been extremely happy with my starphire tank and doubt that I could ever go back to something else.

All the ease of glass, and all the transparency of acrylic. Best of both worlds IMO :)

firereef
06/26/2010, 02:36 PM
1% difference is killer;)

Like I said earlier, starphire is more clear after a while do to scrathness:)

noahm
06/26/2010, 03:41 PM
1% difference is killer;)

Like I said earlier, starphire is more clear after a while do to scrathness:)


Yeah, sorry I misunderstood before. :)

shrimphead
06/26/2010, 05:51 PM
can't you get anti algae coatings for the glass?, i've seen some nano particle coatings which repell algae but do they reduce the transparency of the glass.
off topic a bit sorry.