FAQ’s about aquariums
What are the pros and cons of an acrylic aquarium?
- PRO – Acrylic is stronger and safer than glass and is impact resistant
- PRO – Acrylic is highly versatile, allowing the aquarium to be just about any shape or size.
- PRO – Acrylic weighs about half as much as glass.
- PRO – Acrylic has a higher optical quality than typical glass – colors will look brighter.
- CON – Acrylic is significantly more expensive than glass.
- CON – Acrylic scratches easily, but it can be refinished in the event the surface is scratched.
- CON – Acrylic has greater visual distortion than glass when viewing interior of aquarium.
What are the pros and cons of a glass aquarium?
- PRO – Glass is significantly less expensive than acrylic.
- PRO – Glass has less visual distortion than acrylic when viewing interior of aquarium.
- PRO – Glass is scratch resistant, but it cannot be refinished like acrylic if it is scratched.
- CON – Glass tanks are limited in available shapes and sizes due to rigid glass panels.
- CON – Glass weighs about twice as much as acrylic.
What factors into where I locate my aquarium?
- Structural loading where aquarium is placed.
- Accessibility of electrical outlets.
- Convenient access to a water source and place to dispose of waste water.
- Amount of exposure to sunlight – uncontrolled lighting can cause unsightly algae growth between services.
- Ambient noise – be aware that aquariums are not silent, there will be some degree of noise from either pumps or water movement. Keep this in mind when selecting the location for your aquarium.