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Kbra84
04/05/2011, 12:36 PM
Around the end of the year I'm going to start my 8-10 foot tank. I've always been a fan of glass because of its resistance to scratches and clarity. But with this size I have a feeling its safer to go acrylic. What do you all think? Some pros and cons maybe..

Thanks

RegalAngel
04/05/2011, 01:28 PM
http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=78249&highlight=acrylic+glass

Kbra84
04/05/2011, 02:12 PM
Sounds pro glass. My main hesitation was the scratches and it sounds like people are regretting their acrylic tanks for the same reason.

tkeracer619
04/05/2011, 05:14 PM
A 10 foot long glass tank will probably end up using acrylic unless it is assembled in the home. They become prohibitively heavy when using large glass panes.

It took 8 people to move my 360g glass tank. 8x3x2H 1/2" glass.

If you can swing it I would go with glass.

pmrossetti
04/05/2011, 05:28 PM
All I know is at 3 of my lfs they have had 3 glass tanks crack and flood the stores. 2-210g and 1 300 g. one replaced with acrylic and 2 with glass. but they said if another cracks all will be acrylic. they're just afraid customers will scratch them.

I've had 2 acrylic tanks. a 125g, a135g. when i gave them away there were no scratches. i was careful, that's all. my next 210 will be acrylic too. don't want to see 210gs on the floor. just me you see. :)

Kbra84
04/05/2011, 05:53 PM
All I know is at 3 of my lfs they have had 3 glass tanks crack and flood the stores. 2-210g and 1 300 g. one replaced with acrylic and 2 with glass. but they said if another cracks all will be acrylic. they're just afraid customers will scratch them.

I've had 2 acrylic tanks. a 125g, a135g. when i gave them away there were no scratches. i was careful, that's all. my next 210 will be acrylic too. don't want to see 210gs on the floor. just me you see. :)

It's not like acrylic tanks don't break though...

pmrossetti
04/05/2011, 06:14 PM
that they're guaranteed for life says something. try and get that on a glass tank. I'm not saying what you should get.those are my feelings on it. Any tank can break, but if acrylic is done right it won't break. all you have to worry about is the seams and if done properly are welded together.
With glass the whole structure is subject to failure.

Remember glass scratches too, just not as easily. And what scratches an acrylic could have broken glass some times. like a falling rock or something. many of my lfs glass tanks have scratches.

You sound like you'd like glass so by all means get it and enjoy it. it's just my humble opinion. i sleep better with a large tank being acrylic, that's all. i know i'm probably a minority. But my main priority in setting up my own tanks is first and foremost minimizing the risks of floods and leaks. so that is where i begin.

And they are much clearer than glass.

Kbra84
04/11/2011, 12:00 AM
New dims, decided to put it on a bigger wall...

120" L x 30" W x 24" H. So definetly acrylic now

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karsseboom
04/11/2011, 01:07 AM
Acrylic tanks scratch but almost anything can be buffed out very easy.

geaux xman
04/11/2011, 01:39 AM
All I know is at 3 of my lfs they have had 3 glass tanks crack and flood the stores. 2-210g and 1 300 g. one replaced with acrylic and 2 with glass. but they said if another cracks all will be acrylic. they're just afraid customers will scratch them.

I've had 2 acrylic tanks. a 125g, a135g. when i gave them away there were no scratches. i was careful, that's all. my next 210 will be acrylic too. don't want to see 210gs on the floor. just me you see. :)

i can see 1 failing, but 3?? maybe your LFS needs to quit abusing their tanks or quit buying tanks cheaply built.

jmski333
04/11/2011, 07:52 AM
It's not like acrylic tanks don't break though...

It's not like glass tanks dont scratch. haha i learned the hard way

snorvich
04/11/2011, 10:31 AM
I have large acrylic tanks. They scratch, I use scratch removal kits. When glass scratches, it is there for life. While not light weight, acrylic is so much lighter than glass. Your choice.