Taking Care of Acrylic Aquariums

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  1. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

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    For fish hobbyists, plastic aquariums were one of the biggest technological advances in the hobby. Coming shortly after the invention of silicone adhesive made metal-framed glass aquariums all but obsolete, acrylic aquariums haven't completely replaced their glass counterparts, but are the material of choice for many fish owners. Thanks to manufacturing techniques such as injection mold design, plastic can be formed into a wide variety of fascinating shapes. This holds true for plastic fish tanks, which have been made into everything from gum ball machines to furniture such as coffee tables.

    While acrylic does offer benefits over glass, such as being lighter and more forgiving of bumps, there are some minor down sides that need to be taken into consideration as well when bringing an acrylic aquarium into your home. After all, this is a much bigger investment than a Ball Qube, and displaying living creatures always requires much more care than simple collectibles.

    While acrylic allows a great view of your finned friends due to a high transparency, it also scratches more easily than glass. Care must be taken when cleaning acrylic aquariums. Avoid using paper towels, as well as abrasive or harsh cleansers, as they mar the pristine surface of the acrylic. It's recommended that you use cleansers specifically designed for plastic. On the plus side, acrylic die cast display cases can be repaired if they are scratched, unlike their glass counterparts. Acrylic repair kits are fairly easy to find online, as well as in brick-and-mortar hardware stores or pet stores in your neighborhood.

    If you are purchasing your first acrylic aquarium, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed by the wide range of choices available, as well as the number of places that they are sold. Both general pet stores and specialty fish retailers will commonly have a variety of aquariums available. Many options can be found online as well. Many aquariums are sold as "starter kits" that come with filters, lighting, and/or substrate. Where you buy your aquarium is less important than purchasing the right size for the fish that you intend to keep in it.

    Source, http://www.articlecity.com/articles/pets_and_animals/article_3560.shtml
     
  2. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    I'm going to build my first acrylic tank by the end of this month, and this would be very useful for anyone planning to do the same.
     
  3. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    Once you start building it, you should create a build log, with pictures of the progress, it would be a interesting read.
     
  4. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    That's what I was planning.
     
  5. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    I'm going to do a (hopefully) high tech planted with (4) pea puffers, (6) otos, and (4) cherry barbs if the puffers allow.
     
  6. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    Build an atmega aqarium controller!
     
  7. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    I'll just use a timer.
     
  8. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    A timer isn't High Tech. An atmega controller is.
     
  9. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    I don't need that.
     
  10. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    High tech refers to the lighting and plants.
     
  11. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    Than why did you say high tech?
     
  12. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    High tech plants? :confused:
     
  13. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    They have high light requirements.
     
  14. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    What are you going to use for the lighting?
     
  15. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    24" Current USA Plus Pro or a Kessil a160we.
     

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