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Optiwhite glass fish tank

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by Tristan, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. Tristan

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    A month ago I read (on Polish forums) about tanks made of Optiwhite glass. It received very high ratings from customers and therefore encouraged by the price I bought one tank 300 l. The price is similar to a normal tank price.

    Tank came in excellent condition and seemed to be ordinary (maybe glass seemed to be darker), but after water poured into it turned out what is the strength of this type of glass. It disappeared. You do not see it and the water and the fish seem to float in the air.

    I was skeptical about the innovations in this area, but the effects have passed my expectations. Optiwhite glass is an excellent product.
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    To be perfectly honest Tristan I had to google this and I found many talking about it in the most positive way ,even found a guy bought an 8' one for his rays.
    I would love to see one in the flesh ,cant see it being cheap :)
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    TMC are launching a range of Optiwhite tanks in September 2012.

    18 inch cube and 24 x 18 x 18 may well be of interest to Discus keepers - no prices yet..:(
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    My showtank has opti white glass its great .
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    The front of mine is opti-white also:)
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    would agree with all the pros that have been said. it does seem to be clearer which is a real boon. my ND tank has opti front and back because it is viewed from both sides and I;m really happy with it......a big slice of water is a good description of how it looks filled with water.
    I have a couple of small "sand" scratches which may or may not have happened with ordinary glass so cannot really comment on it's softness levels though.
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    I read an article, I think it was in a recent PFK, were a glass manufacturer was getting quizzed over opti white and he he dismissed it's supposed softness as an absolute myth. He suggested it might have come about because ordinary glass had more iron content than opti white,so people assumed that made it harder. He said iron content had nothing to do with the hardness of glass and he could see no reason why opti white should be any softer than ordinary glass.
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    How much is an optiwhite 18" cube tank? Who sells them? There's a mention of TMC - who are they?
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    TMC = Tropical Marine Centre but they only deal with trade the 18" cube will have a RRP of £99.99 with clear silicon but not available till end of November.
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    Disappointed with the TMC pricing!
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    agree with that.....seems a tad on the pricey side. and tbh I can see (pardon the pun:doh:) the benefit to such good class in a display tank in your living room.....but in breeding cubes, not so sure I would bother.:confused:
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    The ones I have seen do look the Dogs B*****Ks , The thing I cant understand is why they make the whole tank with it not just the front pane of glass.
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    think it probably will only be the front......what would be the point in paying for top glass then painting it blue:confused:
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    I will ask tomorrow and if they say it is all of the tank I will ask if they can make one with just one side in optiwhite glass and the rest normal if they say no they will get a email of:doh::doh::doh::doh: if they say yes I will get back with a new price :thumbup:
    I think Aquaone use optiwhite glass on their marine tanks http://www.aquaone.co.uk/newaquareef.php dosen't say any thing about the glass:confused: sure the rep told me.
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    I've seen optiwhite tanks and the difference is noticeable - or rather not ;) as in you don't see the front panel, really quite weird. tbh I'm not sure I would choose opti white
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    I suspect the TMC tanks are aimed at little reefy type tanks and as such view-able from all sides.

    Pointless me having optiwhite as my glass always has water drips and beefheart stains on it...:thumbup:
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