Once more why glass tanks over 100 gallons can be scary. His dream marine tank of 220G cracked.

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All it took was he didnt sink a screw head deep enough. If it was Acrylic?..man,no problemo at all. But his $1600 cost to replace glass and water and all the rest is what happens with glass. I mean,if you get one off ebay for cheap? Of course go for it. But full retail in hundreds of gallons for thousands? Risky.
 

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If I ever get a big tank, it will be acrylic.

I accidentally nocked over the rocks in my 29g saltwater tank today, and one of them hit the glass. Luckily nothing broke, but it scared the fuplie out of me.
 

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If I ever get a big tank, it will be acrylic.

I accidentally nocked over the rocks in my 29g saltwater tank today, and one of them hit the glass. Luckily nothing broke, but it scared the fuplie out of me.
I do that all the time with my glass paper weights. Scares me so bad, but I have no more storage space on my shelf because of my collection of glass collie dogs o_O
All it took was he didnt sink a screw head deep enough. If it was Acrylic?..man,no problemo at all. But his $1600 cost to replace glass and water and all the rest is what happens with glass. I mean,if you get one off ebay for cheap? Of course go for it. But full retail in hundreds of gallons for thousands? Risky.
That is AWFUL. You have convinced me!
 

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I don't need to worry about it because the largest I will ever go is a 75-gallon tank.
 

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You lot must have some crap quality tanks over there. I have never seen a tank blow apart and only know of a couple that have, and one of them had a huge piece of limestone thrown at it by a duckhead working at the shop.
 

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You lot must have some crap quality tanks over there. I have never seen a tank blow apart and only know of a couple that have, and one of them had a huge piece of limestone thrown at it by a duckhead working at the shop.
over here we call them something-else-heads and you can find one in almost every pet store lol
 
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My 130g is almost indestructible the glass is 9mm thick , I like glass tanks for they are so reusable can even flat pack them cut out the silicone and lay flat just as simple to re build , i here Perspex and acrylic can’t just be siliconed together and cure the same as glass , but iv never owned one not really an abundance of them here in the uk
 
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Acrylic aquariums are not dependent on any silicone. The are "welded" by glue. Like any weld- it can be stronger than it was made originally.
I like glass. I would say up to 40 gallons I never had one leak But I did have a 50 gallon give out once. But acrylic? Never from 30-240 gallons.
 

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I watched a video on YouTube not long ago about plywood fish tanks they seem very strong , I think if I was going 300g or up I’d look into building one , they are literally as strong as the wood you build them from other than the viewing glass which could be acrylic if chosen , really cool video if your a nerd with no life (me ) lol he used pond sealant to waterproof the wood looked amazing in the end
 
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Wood is flexible..as long as the coating isnt scratched. Ever.;)
 

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over here we call them something-else-heads and you can find one in almost every pet store lol
LOL yeah we call them something else heads too, but I didn't want the moderators moderating my comments, so I use duck instead of the other one :)

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I have had glass and Perspex tanks and I like the weight of Perspex (it's much lighter) but it scratches so easily. Glass weighs more but you have to drag gravel along it to scratch it.
 
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