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    Quote Originally Posted by petspoiler View Post
    the acrylic tank I got 2 months ago was immaculate. I make more scratches every week, doing water changes & 'clearing' the view.
    Is that a "don't go with acrylic" lesson?





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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyFrancis View Post
    Is that a "don't go with acrylic" lesson?
    I would say that's a "be more careful around your acrylic" lesson. At least acrylic can be buffed out later.


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    That sucks. I don't even trust the magnets (they have scratched my tank), so I cover them with filter socks. You don't need much force to scrape off algae from the glass anyway, even a paper napkin will do.



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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyFrancis View Post
    Is that a "don't go with acrylic" lesson?
    oh, I just now saw your question.
    No, I meant it as "You're not the only one messing up acrylic", so don't feel too bad.
    Like aclockworkorange said, acrylic scratches can be buffed out- 'at some point'.
    This is my first acrylic & didn't even realize I was scratching it, but they're not too bad. Guess it's a learning curve, and that's still preferable to the weight of glass.
    No way I'd get any big glass tanks...already have a rebuilt spine. Helpers aren't always around. Lifting this 75G was a snap for me & husband. Real sure we can manage a bigger one by ourselves too.



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    just buy a new 55



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    Quote Originally Posted by undead_goldfish View Post
    just buy a new 55
    Lol. Wish it was that easy. No. Like I said, its my experiment tank and may I say what an exciting experiment its turning out to be! I'm a bit more level-headed than I was when I posted this and more cautious. Hopefully when I move out of my parent's house (and upgrade from starving student status) the 55 will turn into the sump on a much larger tank. That's the plan right now anyway....
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    Have a 300 acrylic that gets about 1 or 2 hours of sun a day...thankfully, my albino sailfin pleco makes quick work of the algae above the sand line. I have a mag float(for arcylic) but don't trust it enough to use it still.

    On the outside, I use a felt cloth(those for glasses); My mother in law used a towel and it left some microscopic scratches and I was annoyed. Thankfully those can only be these when the sun hit it just right and it shows as a rainbow...



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    At least rainbows are pretty? lol. My scratches fill up with that green algae that you just can't scrub away and when you finally do its back over night. That's the frustrating part. But, like I said, it will probably be a sump someday so I'm not too worried about it.
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    Dang that sucks. Sometimes I'm cheap and just use a brand new dish sponge. Rags work too. Make sure there are no chemicals in the sponges, since some do.

    Now I use magfloat, which is a magnet thing that scrapes off the algae. Very convinent and cost effective.
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    i never had a pro blem useing a razor on my glass tank and it has no scratchs to this day you just have to do it right



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