Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Glass Aquarium vs. Acrylic Aquarium Features


When you select your first aquarium, you will be considering a number of factors, including size, shape and style.  You will also need to decide between what material you want your aquarium made out of – do you want a glass aquarium or an acrylic aquarium?  There are benefits to both types, and it really comes down to personal preference and budget when making your decision. Be sure to check out our chart of glass aquarium sizes to get an idea of the dimensions and weight of your finished tank.

Glass Aquarium Tank
Great for beginners, a glass aquarium is typically cheaper than its acrylic counterpart. All-glass Aquarium tanks are constructed with panes of glass sealed with nontoxic silicon, and framed with plastic molding (typically black or a simulated wood grain).  The thickness of the glass pane will increase along with the size of the aquarium.

A glass aquarium is suitable for use with either saltwater fish or freshwater fish, and is recommended for the beginning aquarist due to their ready availability, scratch-resistance and price.

Glass Aquarium Features:

  • Long lasting
  • Readily available
  • More scratch-resistant than Acrylic
  • Usually cheaper than a similar-sized Acrylic Aquarium
  • Larger all-glass aquarium tanks become very heavy as they get larger

Acrylic Aquarium
An acrylic aquarium makes for a great show tank for your living or family room. Unlike a glass aquarium, an acrylic tank has rounded corners which enhances its look and viewing experience to see all your fish, plants and other decorative features. Since they are individually molded, acrylic tanks are available in more unusual shapes & sizes than a glass aquarium.

Acrylic aquarium features:

  • Lightweight
  • Curved Corners
  • Many Shapes available
  • Can be easily scratched during cleaning
  • More expensive than a Glass Aquarium
  • Less image distortion than a Glass Aquarium

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