Opti white glass

Discussion in 'Hardware & DIY' started by planter, 15 Mar 2008.

  1. planter

    planter Member

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    Hi,

    Im considering having my tank made in opti white glass, Just wondered if anyone could tell me if there is a major difference in this and standard aquarium glass as there is quite a price difference.

    appreciate your comments.
     
  2. Graeme Edwards

    Graeme Edwards Founder Staff Member

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    Hi Planter.

    Opti white glass is essentialy the same clarity of glass as peoples prescription glass, so thats uber clear, they have to be! With float glass it has a slight blue hue, more obviouse looking through cut edges and corners. I personaly havnt seen opti-white against flaot-glass. But if your around on the 5th of april, you and i will see the true comparison. The Green Machine are stocking a full range of opti-whit, Float-galls and opti white/float glass mixes. So you can order full float glass but the front pain is opti white, or have three sides opti white and the back pain frosted to a select color and graded and all tanks fully braceless. All these are being manufactured by a UK company http://www.aquariums.ltd.uk/ , something to support and think about.

    Cheers,
    Graeme.
     
  3. Themuleous

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    I was costing up a tank from them, with an opti-white front panel. Even for a 4ft tank it was only another 30ish quid. Ive not seen opti-white in the flesh but it gets great reviews.

    Sam
     
  4. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    The difference is noticable, even with thin glass when viewing two similar size tanks next to one another i.e. Clearseal/Seashell and opti-white. I put a 60cm opti-white next to a Seashell 60cm braceless rimless. 5mm glass. Looking along the glass it is also noticeable i.e. float glass is dark green, opti-white is blue.

    Of course, the difference will be more noticeable as the glass gets thicker.

    The opti-white I received from Germany, through Aqua Essentials, was also superior in the siliconing.
     
  5. Garuf

    Garuf Member

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    Hey George, can I get some contact details for the seashell rimless please?
     
  6. planter

    planter Member

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    For your infomation Maidenhead aquatics are able to obtain custom made aquariums from seashell.
    And seashell can supply opti white glass aquariums !

    Thanks for the feed back George I think youve convinced me to go for the opti white. Anyone got any pics of there opti white aquarium?
     
  7. planter

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    Ive ordered the tank will post some pics when it arrives if anyones interested that is?
     
  8. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi Planter,
    Yes I'd personally love to see what opti-white looks like and hear comments regarding how it improves the look of the tank and it's contents. :D

    Cheers,
     
  9. planter

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    No problem ceg , Thought I iwas on my own here for a second! I will post some pics of the tank and plan to create a journal for the tank. Cant make my mind up what to do at the mo I have some loveley redmoor wood but have also just sourced some fantastic looking rocks. Decisions decisons huh?
     
  10. planter

    planter Member

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    My tank arrived today - And im really pleased with it. Sad thing is I cant fill it till the 13th :( .

    Clarity is definatley better than the old tank and im sure once planted im sure will be appreciated even further.
    Here are some pics as promised -

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  11. Themuleous

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    Tank looks good, I saw an opti-white at TGM and the difference in clarity was quite amazing. The float glass definitely gave everything a blue-ish hue.

    Sam
     
  12. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    The May issue of PFK will have... ;)
     
  13. Arana

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    There really was a noticable difference, i liked it so much i have spoken to Jim today about an all opti white 60x45x45 :D

    Shh! don't tell the the other half :lol:
     
  14. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    'Boooo' - another 5 days is to long! i would like to see an opti white in person, pictures dont ever do any justice to anything.
     
  15. Garuf

    Garuf Member

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    Mark, those dimensions are amazing! You'll find the extra depth SO useful.
     
  16. Arana

    Arana Member

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    can't decide between that or 60x45deepx30high just to be a bit different, what do you reckon?
     
  17. Garuf

    Garuf Member

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    See, my dream small tanks dimensions are not too dissimilar,I'd go for 60x35x45 the extra bit of height balances any scape and at the same time you have plenty of depth for scaping something exceptional.

    What ever size you go for you won't regret it, 2 foot tanks are a dream to scape I find.
     
  18. Martin

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    I agree with Garuf, 2ft tanks are just about perfect to work with. The dimensions lend themselves to virtually any layout. It's also a lot cheaper to stock than my 4ft tank.
     
  19. Garuf

    Garuf Member

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    Also, high number of suitable equipments. One thing to remember, as with every tank is to not skimp on the filter in the slightest.
     
  20. Arana

    Arana Member

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    :lol: as if i would :lol: i'm thnking tetratec 1200 :)
     

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