Despite the more modern materials for building the aquarium tanks, many people still favour the glass tanks. This is mainly because glass is transparent and extremely strong. It also offers excellent pressure distribution within the aquarium. The natural blue-green tints of the glass also make the aquarium look more natural. The final advantage being that the glass tanks are cheaper.
In contrast, the tanks that are constructed from acrylic are lightweight and also can be easily moulded into the various different shapes and sizes. They offer the advantage of being scratch resistant and have much better clarity than the glass aquariums. The electric insulation provided on acrylic tanks is comparatively much better than that of glass and the tanks are easier to clean and polish. The only downside, when compared to glass, is the higher price.
Also, take the time to look over the aquarium carefully to ensure that it does not have any scratches or cracks. This applies to both glass and acrylic tanks.
Make sure to take into consideration all the advantages and disadvantages of the glass and acrylic aquarium tanks before deciding on which tank to purchase.
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