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simple question on tank shape

i`ve been wondering. Are all aquariums with a curved side made of acrylic? What of cube tanks withous seams? How can you tell the difference? Are acrylic tanks to be avoided?

What of this guy - saw one in the store and went all gaga it says glass...? thanks

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Acrylic tanks are lighter when empty and doesn't have the that green tinge on it unlike the regular glass. Well that's the only way I can tell. Only downside I can see with such a large tank like the one you listed is if you crack the curved glass, the tank's life is pretty much over. Only reason why some of us avoid acrylic is because it scratches easier than glass.

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see through plastic vs glass. glass shatters if you try to bend it.
you can set plastic on fire or scrape your initials on it.
on serious note acrylic is not liked due to easy scrathing and if its bend the image will be also.
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ah i see! thanks for the info. so much to learn so little time
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Acrylic is lighter, has better optics, is a better insulator, is easier to work with into shapes and is usually cheaper than glass. Even with all the advantages, its downfall is it is too easy to scratch, so in the long run glass is better for most people.

There are lots of glass tanks with curves. My Fluval osaka tank has curved corners.

Also that tank you linked is AWSOME!! It would make a great room divider!!


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