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Hi all,

Ok after couple weeks of research and pricing, it's come down to these two options:

The tank will be Euro brace (2.5" glass brace all around) - 120 gallon 48" x 24" x 24"

1. Visio brand Euro bracing, normal float glass (Visio claim it's clearest of it's kind) - $590 polised edges
Warranty: 6 months breakage, 5 years silicone leaks
Link:
http://advanceaquatanks.com/vg.html and
http://advanceaquatanks.com/images/vgdiamondedge3.jpg

2. glasscages.com Euro bracing w/ Starphire glass (front and 2x sides) - $550.00 + ~$100 transport fee.
Warranty: 90 days
Link:
http://www.glasscages.com/?sAction=ViewCat&lCatID=46
http://www.glasscages.com/?sAction=ViewCat&lCatID=58

Both will be 1/2" thick, since none carry 5/8" in stock, and the next step up to 3/4" will cost an arm and a leg. glasscages said they can do 100% braceless/rimless tank, but I've call many places already and none agree to do that so there's definately a reason there.

Question is:
Is Starphire worth it for 1/2" thick glass? Can I see the difference once tank is filled with water and lighted? My research showed that glasscages silicon work can be messy, but I've seen any picture yet. Should I take risk with glasscages?

Prompt advice is appreciated as I'll have to order from glasscages soon so they can build it by their June 20th LA show.

Thanks.
 

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That's a really good price for Starphire. I've never seen one in person, but there are a few threads on them and it is suppose to make a difference. Might be worth giving it a go. I have also heard good and bad things about Glass Cages, probably more good than bad actually.

Lastly,FWIW, I heard from a local fish store that Oceanic is going to be releasing a low lead glass tank (X 3 sides) sometime in the near future. Good luck with the decision.
 

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You should check out Coral Oasis in Irvine. They have a couple of new display in-wall tanks by Lee-Mar that have no bracing at all. Like ADA style tanks. From what I remember the girl there telling me the tank must be within certain dimensions for them to build tanks with no middle brace or euro-bracing. I was unaware of any SoCal tank builders building braceless tanks, even Lee-Mar, until I saw the tanks at Coral Oasis.
 
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