Reef Aquarium - Glass or Acrylic?

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Reef Aquarium - Glass or Acrylic?

  1. Glass.

    89.8%
  2. Acrylic.

    10.2%
  1. giopimentel

    giopimentel Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    acrylic is way too easy to scratch, and I'm very clumsy. Acrylic wouldn't last too long with me.
     
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  3. Blade_Runner

    Blade_Runner Gigas Clam

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    Acrylic

    It is the clairity that is the most important factor to me. My 210 is glass and everything looks dull vs. the 90 and 300. Plus over time I've had too many glass tanks fail and flood.
     
  4. k9BOLX

    k9BOLX Spaghetti Worm

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    hum, I was considering an acrylic 240, but from reading this post it would appear that glass is the way to go. Im still trying to figure out how to arrange the flow. I really like the way jason has his set up. I may attemp something similar. a couple of returns low down on each side and keep my two Tunze on opposite sides near the surface. grateful for any input
     
  5. milesm4

    milesm4 Spaghetti Worm

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    I just purchased an acrylic to replace my glass tank. Glass will eventually fail and even the most clear glass is only 80% as opposed to acyrlic is around 95% I believe.
     
  6. grubbsj

    grubbsj Gigas Clam

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    Ok, I had one acrylic fresh water tank, with children in the house it was not long until it was very scratched. Though the children have grown & left home, we chose to set up a glass tank, looking forward to the grandchildren....

    Glass all the way....
     
  7. FallensReef

    FallensReef Astrea Snail

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    im the only one i guess but im in love with my 120 gal acrylic :)
     
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  9. reefpets

    reefpets 3reef Sponsor

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    Glass all the way!
     
  10. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It would depend on the size of the tank. Really large ones I would go acrylic other wise glass.

    Acrylic fails at the same rate as glass tanks.
     
  11. Telgar

    Telgar Snowflake Eel

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    talk about a blast from the past :jester:

    Oh yeah....Glass all the way for me :p
     
  12. missionsix

    missionsix Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Glass is an easy one for me after the finnex. I tend to be clumsy in my tanks.