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Old 06-18-2008, 02:13 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I inherited one of those 2.5g acrylic (I think) tanks. It did eventually crack on the base, but that might have been due to the molding method or something like that. I put a big glob of sealant on it and it's holding water just fine.

The larger tanks are manufactured a little differently. I've got a 50g acrylic and the top and bottom are "welded" on as is the back. It's much more sturdy than the 2.5g cheapo tank and I love it.

I got the 50g as acrylic mainly due to weight, but I now much prefer the way it looks to glass tanks.

During all this I've managed to crack a 10g glass tank, but both acrylics are holding up under much more clumsiness...
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Red Rose, I have the 1.5gal version of the tetratec water wonders. It came with that 9 led light thing that I am going to use as the moonlight on my 55g. The 9 led light is not good, as the adapter that you plug in eventually melts. It melted on me and thankfully I caught it before it burned something. I am going to get an adapter with a higher current soon. I took the grey rim off of it and put the azoo palm filter on it. The filter that it comes with is an air powered filter that looks pretty bad. I put an architectures lamp from walmart over it with one of those 15W 6500K spiral compacts. It lights the tank perfectly. The indica is extremely compact and isn't growing very tall. I made a little scape with manzanita and a piece of marble. I used Schultz AS. I definitely recommend getting one of those tanks, but you will have to modify things a little bit.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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After reading a bit about it in the link, I don't know if it would be a good choice for a planted tank since it uses an LED light and I don't think that can be switched with a fluorescent bulb.
I have this 6 gal one http://www.tetra-fish.com/sites/tetr...=1276&cid=3210 for the kid's betta and it comes with a 9 watt CF bulb. Anubias, java fern and Amazon sword grew nicely. Included filter sucks, I changed it out to an Aquaball. I bought mine at Petco but also saw in the DFS website.
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Definitely glass, especially starphire glass for it's superb clarity.
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Well I narrowed my searches down to these tanks:

Eclipse Hex 5
Eclipse corner 5
Perfecto 5.5g with hood(hood is sold separately)

The first two are acrylic but the last one is glass.

The Perfecto tank w/hood is the cheapest of the three but after my 2.5g Perfecto tank sprung a leak, I'm a bit leery about getting another one of these tanks.

In your opinion, which tank would be best to get?
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I have a betta in a Perfecto 5.5g tank with glass top and the light strip extracted from a 10g Perfecto top. As long as a glass tank is placed on a leveled surface and you always empty the tank before lifting it, the tank should not leak.
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