Glass or acrylic?

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  1. Kevin

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    I am currently building my own tank, I have almost completed the stand.
    I am still deciding if I should construct the tank out of acrylic or glass.
    The tank dimensions will be 1.8m x 0.75m x 1.0m (LxWxH).
    Does anybody here know of anywhere I can get glass or acrylic cut in these sizes?
    Thanks
     
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    Rory Admin MASA Contributor

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    Acrylic is seriously expensive in SA...

    Glass.

    I'd go with acrylic for the front pane if the tank was concrete or something and over 3 or 4m wide.
     
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    Glass all the way, having kept a few acrylic tanks I have to say that the scratch factor is way to big to be cancelled out by acrylics benefits.

    If it's possible and it is for you, use glass, 19mm on this tank will be fine.
     
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    think abt the 1m height also...prevents easy accesibility
     
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    My last tank was 5ft x 3 ft by 2.5ft high, that was hard enough, let alone the 3ft you are going to, mind you it would look fantastic if you went a metre front to back and .75 high.
     
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    Thanks for the help.

    One question on glass. Can it be drilled?

    Does anybody know of a glass supplier in Johannesburg who can cut glass this thick?

    Thanks
     
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    Any of the bigger guys, Da Vinci's, Africa, one of the PG divisions, Rene Turke. All will be able to drill it for you and polish it if you need.

    The guys are right though a 1 meter deep tank is a bitch to clean.
     
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    Ok, I have decided on a tank of 1.8 x 0.75 x 0.75.

    Thanks for the advise.

    I got quotes on glass of 19mm and Ja, I need to start taking heart medicine from the shock.

    I checked a few web sites and the new dimensions only require 15mm glass, which is considerably cheaper.

    This is a really good forum, everybody is so willing to share. It is really great!

    :thumbup:
     
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