Should I buy Glass or Acrylic Aquarium

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Those who are concerned primarily with scratches to the aquarium (such as buyers who plan to install the aquarium in a public space where people may touch the glass) should opt for glass. Those who foresee moving the aquarium frequently should opt for acrylic because it is lightweight and will not chip if dropped. The right material depends primarily on the needs of buyers.
Do you buy glass or acrylic? What sized aquarium do you have? How many goldfish do you keep? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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The practice of keeping aquariums came about in the late 1800's. They were fairly crude. Usually these ancient aquariums only had one side that was made of glass, with the other three sides being made of metal or wood. Most aquariums consisted of fish that were native to the region of its owner simply because of availability. Also most old school fish tanks contained only fresh water fish. The reason being that salt water would corrode the metal frame that held the aquarium together.

Aquariums drastically changed in the 1960's with the invention of silicone adhesive. Metal frames became obsolete and more people started to keep salt water fish and invertebrates. More recently glass tanks have become less frequently used due to the flexibility of acrylic. Literally flexibility! Acrylic aquariums are far more for forgiving than there glass counterparts. If a heavy object strikes a glass tank, it will almost certainly break. The flexibility of an acrylic tank will prevent this catastrophe from happening. In addition, acrylic offers more flexibility in design than glass. Acrylic aquariums have been made into everything from coffee tables to gum ball machines.

That being said, there is a short downfall to owning an acrylic aquarium. They do scratch more easily than glass. When cleaning your aquarium, be careful not to use paper towels, and harsh or abrasive chemicals, as they can scratch the acrylic surface of the aquarium. Always use a cleaner specifically labeled safe for acrylic. Use plastic or rubber scrubbers, rather than metal to clean the sides of an acrylic tank. Be careful not to accidentally pick up a piece of substrate or gravel while cleaning the inside of the tank. However, if you do happen to scratch an acrylic aquarium, all is not lost. The tank can be repaired, unlike glass. There are acrylic repair kits available at specialty pet stores, your local hardware store and of course right here on our . We recommend NOVUS Plastic Polish for removing the scratches from the acrylic aquariums. Our NOVUS Kits come in two sizes, and .

When purchasing an , there will be many different options to choose from, at many different price points. A fish lover can choose from small cylinder shaped tanks that can double as a coffee table lamp to wall huge wall sized aquariums. While, there are some basic things that will be included in most kits, such as, a filter, some substrate or coral and sometimes lighting, the kits themselves can vary greatly. It really doesn't matter where you buy your starter kit, but keep in mind that it is extremely important to buy your fish from a reputable dealer. Don't buy fish that are hovering near the surface, or that are located in a tank with other dead fish. Fish diseases are extremely communicable. Be weary of a fish dealer that refuses to catch a specific fish out of the tank for you. After all this is going to be your fish and you have a right to choose. Wholesale Diy Acrylic Aquarium - Buy Cheap Diy ..
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Fish hobbyists buy fish tanks through Tropical Fish Store, your online source for saltwater aquariums. We offer custom acrylic aquariums at affordable prices.I got a glass 55 gallon tank given to me and, as a newbie, didn’t know or consider the possibility of seam failure. I discovered a TINY pinhole size leak in it near the top and did a spot repair with aquarium silicone. It’s been 3 days and leak appears fixed, for now. I did NOT do what was recommended in all the repair reading I did as far as empty the whole tank and dry it out and repair the entire seam(because I had nowhere else to keep the fish), as the leak was only about an inch from the top and was extremely tiny (we are talking I would wipe the droplet of water that had leaked out off and it would be 24 hours before another droplet formed). What I am paranoid about though is the integrity of the rest of the tank-is there a chance this tank could just blow out when I’m away sometime? I had heard that acrylic tanks are less likely to fail, but I’ve been reading and this may not be true??? Should I just go ahead and buy a new tank (either glass or acrylic)?The goldfish tank you choose is up to you. Either an acrylic or glass aquarium will do. But remember: Always buy the biggest aquarium you can afford. Make sure it’s wide (from left to right) and not long (top to bottom). Goldfish need the space to thrive. The more surface area your aquarium has, the better aerated the water will be.The third real advantage that I see is only in the case of much larger tanks. It is true that acrylic aquariums are obviously much lighter than glass aquariums. In smaller tanks I don’t see this as much of an advantage. A fish tank isn’t something we often carry around. Once a tank is filled with water, the original weight of the empty tank becomes negligible. Unless the resting place of the aquarium requires being weight conscious, this isn’t generally an issue. If planning on having an aquarium shipped to you, it is unlikely that buying acrylic to save on shipping will actually save you any money. Acrylic tanks are generally much more expensive than glass tanks anyway, so any savings in shipping would almost certainly be entirely lost in the actual cost of the aquarium itself.