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 Post subject: Acrylic tank?
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I have a 75g and a 55g right now and I'm wanting to go bigger before I absolutely have to do my fish won't be crowded. I'm wanting to get at least a 125 and I've seen a lot about acrylic tanks on here. I dont know anything about acrylic tanks and I've also been reading a little bit about the wooden tanks and watching videos on YouTube. If anyone has any suggestions on what would be best I would appreciate it. I have 15 Burundis and a few other assorted cichlids. Thank you.

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i don't know much about acrylic tanks. just got one and need to clean it up. to keep 15 burundi you will need a huge tank. if you are planning to weed out males and wind up with a group of about 8 a 125 would be great.

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I love acrylic tanks. They are much easier to move and look good if taken care of. I have 4 x 180 gallon acrylic tanks and one 155 gallon acrylic tank.

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Big Jim wrote:
I love acrylic tanks. They are much easier to move and look good if taken care of. I have 4 x 180 gallon acrylic tanks and one 155 gallon acrylic tank.



Is there any special care you have to do with them that you don't have to do with glass? I don't own one have always worried about scratches. I would love to have a 180 gallon acrylic as it would be a lot easier to get down into the basement with the weight difference and all.


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I would go with acrylic tank at least 180G or more for your 15 fronts. I had 125G glass before and now 240G acrylic. I can tell you that a 240G acrylic is a lot lighter than 125G glass. Yes, acrylic is very easy to get scratches that makes cleaning harder than glass tank, but it's stronger than glass and lighter.

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Acrylic is much lighter than glass. I can move a 8 foot 240 by myself. I can't budge a glass 125.
Acrylic insulates better than glass, thus your energy bill will be less. they maintain internal temperature very well. a glass tank will vary much more.
yes they are easier to scratch, so don't use fine sand as a substrate, and one of those magnet cleaners. you will without fail get sand in your magnet and scratch your tank. large plecos also can scratch with their teeth.
use good size gravel.
ive not bought a glass tank in 20 years.

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Thanks tr6 I would never have thought a large pleco could scratch the tank.


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Acrylic tanks are great ...but as a confirmed dumpster diving Craig's lister the are few and far between....or betwixt....no between.

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acrylic tank are the way to go. just be careful when wiping it. does get scratch easily but worth it.

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I'm also looking into getting a 125 acrylic with a stand and canopy with a overflow set up for 200 or so I have noticed between my glass tanks and acrylic tanks and my lfs acrylic is way more clear than glass there is no greenish tint to it should I use the overflow or 2 hob filters

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My 265 glass tank took Thor, Hulk, Captain America, and Iron man to move. It was a beast.

I just got my first acrylic tank (a 300 gallon) for an awesome price because it was scratched up and the stand was in pretty rough shape. I just finished sanding, buffing, & polishing it and it looks like almost new. If I ever get a scratch again, I know how to get rid of it. With the tank drained, I could probably get rid of a nasty scratch in ten minutes.

Me and my son can move the 300 gallon acrylic tank without much of a strain. I may never get another glass tank ever again!!!

Cleaning is easy: acrylic wipes for the outside and microfiber towel/rag for the inside (or an acrylic scrub brush).

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Here is last night after finishing the polish portion of the project. I just filled it for a rinse and it had a bunch of floating fuzzies from the polishing process and air bubbles. This was a crappy pic from my camera phone...
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:shock: ^^wow great job, tank looks great.

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Im new around here but reading thru this topic I think my 180 will be acrylic, who makes a great acrylic 150-180 gallons? Thanks in advance. Also if going acrylic would going wet/dry be the best economical way for electricity bills? And I take it we still use an inside heater to keep water at a nice 78 degrees..

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Truview, Tenecor are good brands, but i have bought noname brands too.
i get used, so i buy whatever.
if you use a wet/dry you can put the heater in there, instead of the tank.

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tr6 wrote:
Truview, Tenecor are good brands, but i have bought noname brands too.
i get used, so i buy whatever.
if you use a wet/dry you can put the heater in there, instead of the tank.


Great to know, i am not buying it for another 10 months so i have plenty of time to save up. I just don't want to buy an acrylic that will bow out in a years time, i am very new to ACRYLIC so filtering it and heating and lighting it will all be new to me, especially lighting which from my understanding has to be far up and away so that the acrylic does not get damaged.


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