Acrylic lends itself to more interesting shapes because of the way it can be molded. Acrylic tanks come in hexagons, pentagons, bull noses, columns, waves, etc… with minimal seams and no metal bracing. If you require an aquarium with a height in excess of about 30 inches, Acrylic is clearly the way to go. Clear acrylic panels have almost the same refractive index as seawater so there is no bending of light as it passes from the acrylic into seawater, providing brighter color and sharper shapes in acrylic aquariums. The huge viewing windows in large public aquariums can are made of acrylic, they afford a very clear view of the water and ocean life. Acrylic also allows better penetration of your system lighting, which is especially important for reef systems. Acrylic is a better insulator than glass. This may not matter if you have cold water fish but if you're keeping a tropical tank, you probably want to consider this factor. Acrylic tanks can retain heat 20% better than glass tanks. Acrylic aquariums will usually cost more than glass tanks for the same size, but the benefits, the aesthetics, and the long term maintenance free ownership, far outweigh the cost differential. Another issue that brought up over and over with acrylic tanks is that they are easily scratched by cleaning objects or gravel. As long as you're careful when you're cleaning the tank, you should be okay. But should a scratch occur on your tank, you can simply buy scratch remover kits that do a fine job remedying the blemishes.
Truvu Custom Aquariums | The Professional Fish Tank Manufacturer
One of the most common calls we receive on a daily basis is a customer calling because they have a well-established, built in the wall aquarium for 15-20 years, then one day it spontaneously fails, which is nothing less than a complete emergency situation. There is water all over their home destroying property, and they have well established, valuable, and beautiful fish/corals that are not only something you are proud of and emotionally attached to but are irreplaceable without a lot of time, money, and effort. This is almost always due to the failure of the center brace. Not only is the center brace the most vulnerable to someone accidentally putting weight on it when servicing it, it is also usually the weakest part of the aquarium because it has the most amount of force exerted on the weakest structure. Over time the plastic becomes brittle, as ALL plastic eventually becomes brittle (just like acrylic aquariums and sumps). UV light over time breaks it down and dries it out and over time will make it weaker and weaker. Over the long run with the enormous amounts of pressure involved with larger reef tanks it is only a matter of time and you may be vulnerable to a catastrophic failure. The damaging UV light can come from being near a window, or even from the lights in your tank.
We also offer custom acrylic aquarium combo packages.
Acrylic aquariums are becoming more popular with home aquarists. Acrylic tanks are much more lighter than glass aquariums. Many tropical fish keepers prefer acrylic tanks when they set up what we call monster fish tanks. Large aquariums especially anything over 180 gallons, will have an option to be purchased in an acrylic form. This is especially important when you may have to move this aquarium with very little help, or want to place this aquarium upstairs or in basement. Consider how you will carry a 240-gallon (8 foot) fish tank up the stairs. The glass 240-gallon fish tank I have in my home is 450 lbs empty. Yes that’s right, dry… no water.
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