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AquaJoe 06-07-2005 10:15 AM

Acrylic Versus Glass Aquariums
I think the topic of this thread may be a bit misleading however very useful none the less. I have searched AA and have been unable to find the information I need so I decided to just ask!

What are the main differences between the two types of aquariums? Please include as much detail as possible about the pros and cons of each. I thank you in advance as this will help me to determine what type of tank to buy next.

You may also be interested to know that my next aquarium will be 100+ gallons and home to some large fish (Iridescent catfish, Balas etc).


malkore 06-07-2005 10:43 AM

this is an easy one

Acrylic pros: lighter - can be made seamless - easy to drill if you want to add a sump
Cons: scratches easily - scratches harder to remove - very expensive - often a special order item

Glass pros: cheap - easy to find - scratches buff out easily
cons: heavy - has visible seams - easily destroyed if you drop it 12 inches

AquaJoe 06-07-2005 11:05 AM

Thank you malkore :)

One of my main concerns is the fact that this aquarium will house large powerful fish. If you know much about Iridescents then I am sure you know they spook easily and often have a "flight" response where they swim insanely fast often times bashing into the side of the aquarium etc etc. I am concerned that acrylic may be more succeptable to breaking under these circumstances as oppose to glass.

I've been doing alot of reading about this, at least trying to anyway, and I see that many people feel acrylic is stronger then glass. Care to elaborate on this?

Many thanks.


Blazeherd2306 06-07-2005 11:36 AM

I prefer glass because it doesn't scratch as easily as acrylic. The only time I would get acrylic is if the tank is over 180 gallons because glass tanks that size are heavy and are hard to move.

*Irridescent sharks can get up to three feet long and unless you have a 2,000 gallon aquarium, you should not get one.

krap101 06-07-2005 12:33 PM

and i think acrylic is stronger in some way? i forgot how

mr86mister 06-07-2005 12:58 PM

i think its stronger because it doesnt have any seams or points that wont help as well as others...but i'm not too sure

Fishyfanatic 06-07-2005 01:07 PM

Blaze- Where did you get the info that said that Irridescent sharks get to be 3 feet long and need 2,000 gal tank?

krap101 06-07-2005 01:10 PM

maybe in the wild?

Fishyfanatic 06-07-2005 01:14 PM

In the wild they may get that big, but not in an aquarium setting. Most fish are larger in the wild that in captivity (ie Aquarium).

greenmaji 06-07-2005 01:22 PM

If I remember right acrylic has more flex in it than glass, is why it is less likely to break.. and I dont know if the iridescent shark is a tank buster.. I would have to do some research on that.. I really doubt that the sharks could break ether one to be honest with you..
And if I was going to get a BIG aquarium I think I would build a plywood tank..

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