Where are the acrylic tanks on MASA ?

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Nemos Janitor, 25 Jul 2013.

  1. Nemos Janitor

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    Acrylic tanks have a stigma. Labeled as high pricing.

    Are acrylic tanks that expensive? Have we been brain washed?

    Thoughts
     
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  3. shan

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    They scratch easy, too easy. I have two nano tanks one planted FW and the other SW, both about 25-28lts.

    With the corraline, I am extremely concerned when that will start appearing on the viewing panes. Very concerned about getting it off without scratching the acrylic.
     
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    ive heard they scratch very easily...
    although their viewing panes clarity is second to none..
    personally, when i look for a tank i dont even think of acrylic.

    Nemos Janitor are the only ones ive heard that can supply acrylic tanks. Maybe you can enlighten us on the price difgerance between glass and acrylic tanks...
    also heard scratches on acrylic tanks can easily.be buffed out?

    if acrylic tanks are.cheaper I wont mind looking into it...
     
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    Yes apparently they scratch very easily and being "buffed out" can only be done on the outside...
    This is a guide to the difference...it's an OLD THREAD, so maybe new Technology has come and gone and maybe Acrylic isn't such a "mission" anymore...?..:blush:
    Could a person "buff" on the inside with anything besides the "cloth"..? Would it work or do you need something with the "cloth"
    http://www.firsttankguide.net/tanktype.php
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Well I priced a 1200x500x500 and they wanted R25 000
     
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    WOW...:eek:
     
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    thats madness...R25k can buy a nice starfire tank and equipment.
     
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    Well this is exactly why acrylic tanks are not popular. Those manufacturing them are making a killing and ripping aquariusts off. In fact 25mm cast acrylic is R256.00 a square meter cheaper than 24mm laminated starfire glass.

    12 mm star fire and 12mm cast Acrylic are on par. So a full sheet of 12mm plexiglass will be enough to manufacture the above size tank. The sheet of Acrylic cost is in the region of R7000.00 so that means that there is R18000.00 profit in it to manufacture and sell.:eek:

    Not surprising there are not many sold.
     
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    Glass is still cheaper, my 2500x1000x600 with double base all in 12mm was less than R7000
     
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    Dallas is your tank normal float or star fire?
     
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    Normal float, starphire a waste on glass 12mm or less IMHO
     
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    Plexi has its drawbacks, such as scratching. Also, as it is super-transparent, you get less light reflection back into the tank (this may be splitting hairs!). Viewing IS optimal and for very large tanks it is much lighter in weight.

    Building tanks with it is considerably more work, too, which is reflected in the price. However, the ability to bend it to literally any form makes it interesting for circular tanks and other special forms. The process is quite involved and lengthy, with a single curved piece for a large tank taking over 48 hours to form! You need three for a round tank and then they must be seamlessly joined. Yes it is involved and time consuming.

    For standard forms glass will be the better choice. To each his own.

    Jamie
     
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    Hmmm...when I get some time I will build a few small tanks out of the different thickness glass and Acrylic. We can then discuss at the next reef meet and get an idea of the different distortions.
     
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