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Acrylic tank suggestions

Hello all,

I'm looking to put a small-ish (~29G) tank into my living room. Due to considerations including my own clumsiness and my landlords aversion to aquariums in general (due to the potential for water damage) I want to go with an acrylic tank, and was looking for suggestions.

I've seen to main commercial manufacturers of acrylics -- TruVu and SeaClear. Does anyone have any experience with either (or preferably both)?

Also, how badly do cats tend to scratch acrylics - I know that their claws are 0.5 grades below acrylic in Mohs hardness, but I also know that they can even scratch glass? We have two cats, and while they don't really scratch hard furniture (they scratch carpeted/cloth objects) I've seen them paw at the TV; sometimes you hear a tap but they aren't scratching, they're claws are merely partially extended because they're stretching their leg. I foresee them having level access to one side of the tank, fairly close. Any suggestions in that arena?

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I had both brands (just sold SeaClear) and both are good quality. My 75g TruVue is pushing ~12 years of continuous service. The 30g SeaClear at PetCo is a decent footprint. Also check out 'Clear For Life' brand.

Sorry, no experience with felines but i do find nose prints on the 75 from our canine .

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I also don't have any experience with cats but I've had a SeaClear 50 gallon for over 3 years. I really like it and it's not as easy to scratch.


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I've had a Jebo R362 for like 8 years and have been very happy with it. Not sure if you could find locally in Chicago (maybe on-line) as I think they mainly supply Pacific Rim, and I got mine while still in So Cal.

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I have a Clear 4 life 90 gal and I have no complaints. Acrylic will scratch but the good thing is you can polish scratches out and it will look like brand new. I don't know about the cats scratching it because I'm not exactly a cat person so can't help you there.

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