Acrylic or Glass Aquarium

Saturday, February 12, 2011
How to choose between the acrylic and glass aquarium? As complement of the previous article Arylic vs Glass Aquarium, glass aquariums usually cost less and do not get scratches as easily as acrylic aquariums. Glass aquariums are also stronger, as they are bonded together by a silicone sealant. They need support only on the edges, unlike acrylic aquariums. Glass aquariums are very durable, and can last for many years without any problems. Proper aquarium lighting will make glass aquariums look almost as clear as acrylic ones. On a negative note can be said that glass aquariums are always much heavier than acrylic.

However, if you are looking for irregular shapes, than these are easier to obtain as acrylic aquariums. Acrylic aquariums are much clearer than glass, and have better insulation. This means that you can use a smaller heater in your aquarium to maintain the proper temperature. Acrylic aquariums do however scratch easily and can therefore only be cleaned with specially made soft pads. Removing scratches from acrylic aquariums can be quite a troublesome procedure.

The price can also be an important factor when it comes to buying your first aquarium. Glass aquariums are usually the cheaper alternative and there is also a wider selection of second hand glass aquariums than there is of second hand acrylic aquarium since glass aquariums are more durable.

When you have selected the best aquarium for your needs, it is time to take it home. Here is a checklist that you need to consider:
Look for any scratches on the aquarium before you make the purchase.
Test to see if there are any leaks in the aquarium.
Take care not to load any heavy items inside the aquarium while you carry it home. This may lead to scratching or even breakage.

Get a tight fitting hood for the aquarium when you buy it. An open aquarium is never a healthy option. More water will evaporate form an aquarium where the water is open to sunlight, heat etc. Evaporation will lead to the water becoming concentrated with waste and animal- and plant debris, and can also cause water damages and mildew in the room around the aquarium.

Contamination from falling waste is another problem. With an open aquarium you will also risk casualties since fish often jump out of an open aquarium, and ending up on the floor is more often than not fatal for the fish unless you immediately spot it and put it back in the aquarium. Thus an aquarium needs a good and sturdy hood. These hoods come in various decorative shapes and colors. There are various aquarium accessories that go with your aquarium, other than the hood. An aquarium is a complete set of a number of equipment that works together.