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January 19, 2007 at 6:45 am #1088clw1076Member
I\’ve kept various types and sizes of aquariums for years, always in glass tanks. I\’m planning to upgrade my seahorse aquarium to a larger size–somewhere in the 50 or so gallon size and I\’ve been considering using an acrylic aquarium. I do know about the scratching issues and the smaller tank top openings–what I\’m wondering is, those of you who use acrylic or have used acrylic aquariums–how do you like them and would you recommend using one? How big an issue is the scratching? Are the smaller tank openings a problem? Let me know what you think.February 5, 2007 at 5:02 am #3389Pete GiwojnaGuest
An acrylic aquarium is much more durable (leakproof and virtually unbreakable) and light weight than a glass aquarium of similar size. But the drawbacks to acrylic aquaria are the restricted openings in the top and the fact that their appearance is so easily marred by scratches on the viewing surface. Those limited openings mean you can’t use the usual hang-on-the-back aquarium equipment that is otherwise so handy.
If I am planning an aquarium that will include lots of live rock, I almost always prefer a standard glass tank. It’s just too difficult to wrestle large pieces of live rock through those restricted cutouts in the top of an acrylic aquarium, and way too easy to scratch the viewing surface while you’re attempting to arrange the rockwork through those limited access ports.
But an acrylic tank is a nice option if it’s plumbed properly so you can install and maintain all the necessary equipment in the sump and if it’s a tank that won’t include lots of live rock.
Best wishes with all your fishes!
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