Clear For Life - Acrylic Tanks?

Discussion in 'Saltwater Aquarium Builds' started by SkyBox, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. SkyBox

    SkyBoxNew MemberMember

    Currently researching acrylic tanks - I've only owned glass in the past. Does anyone have any experience with the "Clear for Life" brand? Seems reasonably priced for acrylic in the 75-90gal range.

    Any other brands out in there in this range?
     
  2. stella1979

    stella1979ModeratorModerator Member

    Welcome to Fishlore! :D Hmmm, I haven't seen many acrylic tanks here, but that doesn't mean there's no one to help. I'm pretty sure some of our reefers with wider experience via aquarium clubs and such may be able to help, so I'll call on a few.;) @Nart @Wild Bill @Jesterrace
     
  3. skar

    skarWell Known MemberMember

    I've not used acrylic before.
    I advise you to consider that acrylic is a plastic. There is greater chance for stains and scratches with this type of tank.
     
  4. Zentuckyfriedchicken

    ZentuckyfriedchickenWell Known MemberMember

    Well you can easily buff lighter scratches.
     
  5. Nart

    NartWell Known MemberMember

    Don't have any experience with these tanks.
    Quality acrylic tanks are nice though!
     
  6. OP
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    SkyBox

    SkyBoxNew MemberMember

    I ordered the Clear for Life 90gal acrylic today - w/Laguna stand and canopy. These are priced very well, but the only major problem I see is that top is sealed only leaving two 15" X 7" cutouts in the fron . This could make cleaning difficult and limit the size of rock/coral decor? See below:

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  7. Galathiel

    GalathielWell Known MemberMember

    I have a 46 gallon Seaclear bowfront acrylic aquarium. I didn't realize that the top only had cutouts as well.
    Top of mine:
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  8. OP
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    SkyBox

    SkyBoxNew MemberMember

    Does that make it difficult to wipe down the inside of the glass? Were you still able to get good size rocks in there?
     
  9. Galathiel

    GalathielWell Known MemberMember

    I, being short, have to stand on a step to clean the tank. Rocks, you shouldn't have 'too' many issues with depending on their size. If they are flatter than they are round, that would be a better pick. Or you can use multiple stones to make one big outcropping.

    I have goldfish in mine so have minimal decorations.
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  10. Maikeer

    MaikeerNew MemberMember

    Thanks for sharing this information. I have been thinking of buying this aquarium, or perhaps the 55-gallon Clear-for-Life 55-gallon tank. I really don't like the idea of the cutouts. My old Seaclear tall 40-gallon tank, which I want to replace, has an open top.

    I asked my LFS about the possibility of ordering one at the store, and the owner said something about no longer having a supplier for acrylic tanks.

     
  11. johnbetta

    johnbettaWell Known MemberMember

    acrilic tanks are good but hard to come bye if u can get one they are easy to clean but do scratch easy but lighter in weight and can be used for fresh or salt water tanks good luck
     
  12. Galathiel

    GalathielWell Known MemberMember

    I actually ordered mine from Petco when they were having a sale and it was shipped to my house.
     
  13. Maikeer

    MaikeerNew MemberMember

    I'll probably end up buying online from Petco, Petsmart, or Amazon. I was hoping to find a brand that doesn't have have the cutouts on the top, but SeaClear and Clear-for-Life seem to be the only games in town.

    I am intrigued by the interesting dimensions of this hexagon aquarium, including its height, but finding an appropriate stand looks like yet another challenge.

    Leaning toward the SeaClear 46-gallon bowfront, particularly as it can be had for under $300.
     
  14. Galathiel

    GalathielWell Known MemberMember

    Hexagons are interesting, but the length is only about an inch longer than a regular 20 gallon aquarium. The 46 gallon bowfront is the one that I have and it's definitely a good size for a community aquarium or for certain species as a species only tank.
     
  15. Maikeer

    MaikeerNew MemberMember

    Thanks for the insight, Galathiel!. Which filtration system are you using with your 46-gallon bowfront? My old SeaClear has the built-in Eclipse system, and so I will need to get something new.
     
  16. Uber Archetype

    Uber ArchetypeValued MemberMember

    I'll never buy anything other than a uniquarium acrylic, going forward. They are by far the easiest to maintain and provide the best water quality I have ever managed to achieve in 20+ years of this hobby. The filtration system is superb and easily adaptable to any media and flow rate desired.
     
  17. Galathiel

    GalathielWell Known MemberMember