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Acrylic or Glass Tank: Help me choose a tank

Thinking about getting a larger tank some where between 30-40 gallons.

Acrylic or Glass?

Can anyone recommend and point me to some tanks that will meet my ever growing planted tank needs? Weblinks a definately plus.
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Depends on how much you want to spend. I believe acrylic cost more. I had a 150gallon glass aquarium and the silcone came apart while i was cleaning it out and it leaked luckily it wasn't very big leak. With acrylic their are no seams so you don' have to worry about leaking, but they are very easily scratched. Glass you dont have to worry about scratching, so they both have their pros and cons, but mainly the price. Hope this helps you out.
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Definately helps guys,

I'm probably leaning towards glass, but can't find a place that ships. Anyone know one where I can get one? Looking at for a 40 gallon breeder type tank.


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This might have been answered before, but will CO2 injection change the color or cloud Acrylic? I know O3 will, but that is a much harsher gass.
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This might have been answered before, but will CO2 injection change the color or cloud Acrylic? I know O3 will, but that is a much harsher gass.

I don't think so i have had mine for over a year now with a automatic
c02 system and its as clear as the day i bought it
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Petco sells 40G breeder glass aquariums.

150G River Tank - 30+ Clown Loach, 6 Botia Striata, 6 Botia Dario, 4 Schistura Manherti, 2 Misc Rainbow, 3 Tiger Barb, 3 SAE, 2 Bristlenose
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Do people in earthquake country feel safer with acrylic? I imagine it won't matter with something as small as 50 gallons, but just curious.
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Mori i dont think it would matter if it was glass or acrylic when the ground shakes bad both will make a big mess lol i think that the tanks will be the last thing i will worry about
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It seems an acrylic would just slosh, but if you have a jumbo 4-foot glass tank, you could lose some seams. I grew up in S. CA and never heard about tanks exploding though, so I guess it's not a consideration.
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I traded some1 for a 29gallon tank and it turned out to be acrylic. First time i've owned one, and I'm really not impressed. For use plant geeks, we like to get in there and mess around enough that scratching the tank is almost unavoidable (especially if you have fluorite ).
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