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glass or acrylic

what do you prefer and why?
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Glass, the fact that it is harder to scratch is enough. Although acrylic looks immaculate when new they eventually get these micro scratches that just make it look worn down overtime.
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Personally I prefer glass as it's a little more durable as already mentioned IMO.

Acrylic does have the perks of being pretty much seamless and somewhat rimless, but seems to get scratched quite easily as well as sometimes getting foggy areas over time. Both can usually be polished out with some work and proper supplies if they're not overly bad.


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Glass x3

Acrylic is lighter and can be made in more shapes more easily. Acrylic is also clearer than standard glass; but you can buy Starphire glass which is clear also (and more expensive). The edges on Acrylic tanks (if made well) will be near seamless

I found out the hard way that you can't clean acrylic with standard cleaners either.. my Eclipse 12 cracked after just a couple of months. My fault though I didn't clean it right.

Glass is just more durable and and sturdy and scratch resistant IMO

Of course Acrylic can work well also, especially for unique shapes, given a choice .. I'd go glass
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I was suprised how easy is to scratch an acrylic tank when I was at my friend's house and saw his eclipse. For the long run, I wouldn't reccomend acrylic.

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Acrylic is optically 30% more clear then standard glass. Yes it does scratch, but if care is taken it can be avoided. I have acrylic aquariums that are more then 3 years old with No visible scratches.
A while back I had a glass and acrylic aquarium in the same room and people were just blown away by the difference in how they look! That said I like glass aquariums because they are cheap and I like acrylic aquariums because they are clear, and oh yes and because I make them!
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glass! acrylic are nice but do scratch easily unless you are extremely careful. which in the hobby can be difficult.

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Size is a factor also.

Acrylic has its place with very large tanks too.
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IMO Acrylic will always look better, no silicone, virtually seamless joins and it both transmits more light than ordinary glass and has an index of refraction very close to that of water.

That being said, scratching may be a deal breaker for you. It really depends on the tanks location etc.
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