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    Arcylic tank issues ???????

    howdy all, i am interested in setting up a 35 gal acrylic hex tank. Now i have heard of some issue with acrylic...mainly scratches (which stinks) and also algae cleaning issues...which i am concerned about, mainly cause i had a s/w glass tank with crazy white and pink algaes on the front pannel...sadly after an extensive cleaning the front glass is qutie scratched... So i am concerned that if the algae removing did this to glass, whats gonna happen to the arcylic tank walls ? though i think i know the answer to that one....

    I am thinking of maybe doing a reef set up in the arcylic tank...but still unsure...or maybe a fowlr predator tank ? hmm decisions, decisions....

    Also any have any info on how tricky it it to drill an arcylic tank ? i think i heard before that they can crack easily ???? so many choices and too many decisions ???

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.....and if its gonna be a real pain maybe i will do a different s/w set up and use the arcylic tank for a f/w set up ...which i know is sacreligous to mention that on here...so ooops so sorry...maybe a brackish tank....maybe that will cut me some slack...

    Well Thanks again everybody !

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    Acrylic is more prone to scratches than glass, but as long as you use a material that is softer than the acrylic to scrape your ok, acrylic is also less porus than glass algea and corraline come off easier.

    As per drilling anything over 3/8" cool while you drill cast drills good extruded is rater bad all around for aquarium use.

    Hope this helps.
    675 Gallon Aquarium in the works

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    chrispol is right,its hard to drill acrylic ur self, the drills tend to get too hot and melt the acrylic and make a bad drill job.

    asides for being much more expensive and easier scratched, acrylic is prety good for large tanks since its lighter

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    Just a side note the actual cost of good cast acrylic is allmost on par with glass glass is not cheap unless it's cheap lol
    675 Gallon Aquarium in the works

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    Good start so far, Thanks ! So i am suppose that if i cleaned the walls more often, algae removal might not be to bad.. I am pretty sure its cast acr. construction. Also i was thinking of maybe drilling the middle of the tank base,and build rocks up arond the middle of it to keep it kinda hidden. I would like to hide everything, except for maybe the teeth of the over-flow and a output flow director....but those are just some thoughts, which need to be researched more...Thanks again.

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    When you drill the acrylic just take a break for a minute every 2-3 mm's of depth to prevent heat buildup and melting. You wont have a problem unless you try to drill all the way through in one go.



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    Why not just have a low flow of water over the drill site to cool it? I probably wasted a crap load of RO water this week-end, but it worked perfectly for the glass I had to drill.

    Cheers!
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    That would work as well, guess I'm used to working inside and can't pour water all over the workshop floor. :biggrinbo



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