So, having found myself with 4 julii corys (with plans to get 2 more when I find them as loners at the store, currently they are each about an inch long) living in my 5 gallon with my betta, I realize that I need to get a 10 gallon at some point soon.
I would like a kit that has incandescent lighting, so I can switch the bulbs to my aquarium CFL's for my large amount of live plants. I have a sponge filter (Lustar Hydor II, suitable for up to 20 gallons), so I don't care what filter it comes with, as I will discard it and use my sponge. I run bare-bottom tanks now, but I am considering adding a dish with sand in it for the Corys.
I currently have a Marineland Eclipse Hex 5 gallon, and I really like the tank, especially how thick the acrylic is, as durability is a major consideration for me. Sadly, Marineland does not appear to make a 10 gallon version of this tank. I like acrylic because it is so sturdy and hard to break, and I have to move approximately every 3 months for work (I do contract work).
I've looked around, and it seems that tanks at 10 gallons or more are all glass, with a few rare exceptions. My options right now seem to be the Top Fin 10 gallon kit (glass, runs about $30), the Grreat Choice 10 gallon kit (also glass, about $30, and seems to be identical to the Top Fin one, both being Petsmart house brands), the Marineland half-moon 10 gallon (glass, although they used to make an acrylic one), or a SeaClear 10 gallon hex-front tank ($125). I'm very nervous about a glass tank, though.
What do you all think? Is the expense of an acrylic large tank worth it for durability, or is glass going to be a better choice anyway? Is there another kit I should be looking at?