Back again to give you some tips on choosing your perfect aquarium material – glass or acrylic?
Earlier we chatted briefly about glass. Now, we will throw some acrylic details into the mix.
What do you need to know? Let’s jump right in.
Acrylic is a great material as well when choosing for your aquarium.
This stuff is strong. Probably a good bit stronger than it’s glass counterpart. But don’t let this fool you. I wouldn’t be taking any swings with a baseball bat or anything. This stuff can absolutely shatter and result in total loss of all of your expensive fish.
And we haven’t even covered the scratch issue with acrylic.
This may be one of the greatest downfalls in our opinion. Acrylic can be very easily scratched. Even gentle cleaning of the walls, if not down properly and with much care, can result in scratches. On the other side of this, there are polishing kits available in which the acrylic can actually be polished to remove the scratches. But even certain inhabitants of your aquarium can damage the walls with scratches.
It’s not a no-go from us, but it is certainly something to be aware of.
Now, note that acrylic, while prone to the afore mentioned scratch issue, is quite strong. BUT, the aquarium must be well supported. If not, this could lead to separation of the pieces, again resulting in complete aquarium failure. (Before you think that maybe it will be easier to just have a really good interior and exterior painter to come out and just throw some pretty ocean mural on your wall or house, fear not. All aquariums do great when properly cared for!)
Refraction? If you are wanting a truer viewing experience, then acrylic is the way to go. The position, size, and colors within the aquarium will be much more precise and true when compared to the glass.
Alright, so last on the list of coverage is going to be cost. Cost can be somewhat more expensive that glass, but should not be considerably more so or a deal breaker.
Ok, so there you have it. Now go out and make your decision and give your favorite fish a home they deserve!