Aquariums

Aquariums

We are proud to offer an unmatched selection of quality aquariums for freshwater and saltwater fish. Aquariums are generally constructed of either glass or acrylic. Acrylic aquariums are 17 times stronger than glass aquariums. Acrylic aquariums are also softer than glass, allowing them to be more flexible and impact resistant. In addition, acrylic aquariums are also not nearly as prone to chip or crack as glass. Acrylic aquariums weigh 50% less than comparable glass aquariums making them far more manageable to move. Acrylic aquariums insulate 20% better than glass aquariums reducing temperature flux.

An Acrylic Aquarium has molecularly welded, clear polished seams that literally make the tank one solid piece of material unable to leak and therefore guaranteed a lifetime against defects of workmanship. Acrylic Aquariums are as clear as optical glass (at 93% transparency it passes the most light of any material) providing a noticeable difference, especially in larger tanks where normal aquarium glass adds a green tint - acrylic tanks remain crystal clear.

Among the most commonly cited problems with an acrylic aquarium is that they scratch quite easily. Merely passing by one can mar the surface should an open jacket rub it or a purse bump against it the wrong way. If you have small children, or the tank will be positioned in a high traffic area, an acrylic tank could quickly become somewhat of an eyesore.

Performing regular maintenance on the tank, or during initial setup, a great deal of care must be practiced to avoid bumping anything up against the walls of the tank. Algae brushes must be of the kind designed for use on acrylic aquariums, as otherwise the tank walls will become a scraped up mess. Extra care should be given to avoid accidentally picking up a piece of gravel with the algae brush, and running a long, devastating scratch mark along the tank.

There are kits to repair scratches to acrylic, which do generally work pretty well, very well usually. The kits are moderately expensive, and if the marring of the tank is interior based, you may need to empty the tank to at least below the level of scratching to allow repair. Additionally, many of these polishes are toxic, and not recommended for interior use.

This isn’t necessarily a negative that should automatically discourage a person from buying an acrylic aquarium. However, depending on the circumstances of how the tank will be used and what environment it will be kept in, it is definitely something to consider.

If not adequately supported at both the bottom and the top of the tank, acrylic aquariums can split at the seams or bow out at the top. Not bow out as in a nice bow-fronted tank, but bow out as in spilling water all over your floor. The acrylic simply isn’t strong enough to hold the weight of the water.

To combat this, some manufacturers use extra thick acrylic on the bottom of their tanks, and most of them will utilize a heavy frame at the top to prevent bowing. These top frames can sometimes get in the way. Should the acrylic tank not have the protective thick bottom plate, then traditional topless fish stands won’t work well. A sturdy stand with a strong and solid top will be required.

If you would like assistance choosing the right aquarium for your specific needs, please contact us. Our expert and friendly staff is standing by to assist you.

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