Caring For An Acrylic Aquarium

Keeping aquariums began in the late 1800’s. They used to look very different.  Often these old aquariums had one side made from glass, with the opposite three sides being metal or wood. Most aquariums had fish that were native to the owner’s area simply because of availability. Additionally most old style fish tanks contained only freshwater fish. The reason being that salt water would corrode the metal that held the aquarium together.

Aquariums drastically changed in the 1960’s with the invention of silicone adhesive. Metallic frames were dropped and people began to keep salt water fish and invertebrates. Just lately glass tanks have fallen away with the availability of acrylic and flexibility paid off! Acrylic aquariums are far more for forgiving than their glass counterparts. If a heavy object strikes a glass tank, it’ll likley break. The flexibility of an acrylic tank will prevent this disaster from happening. Acrylic offers more flexibility in design than glass. Acrylic aquariums have been made into every thing from coffee tables to gum ball machines.

That being said, there’s a downside to owning an acrylic aquarium. They do scratch more easily than glass. When cleaning your aquarium, be careful not to use paper towels, and harsh or abrasive chemical compounds, as they will scratch the acrylic floor of the aquarium. Always use a cleaner labeled secure for acrylic. Use plastic or rubber scrubbers, use something other than steel to wash the sides of an acrylic tank. Watch out not to unintentionally pick up a bit of substrate or gravel while cleaning the inside of the tank.

When you do occur to scratch an acrylic aquarium, all isn’t lost. The tank can be repaired, in contrast to glass. There are acrylic repair kits at specialty pet stores, your local ironmongery store and naturally online.

When buying an acrylic aquarium kit, there will be many various choices to choose from, at many various value points. Aquarium kits will be bought at places comparable to specialty aquatic pet shops, from large retail chains, or once more online. A fish lover can choose from small cylinder shaped tanks that can double as an espresso table lamp to wall huge wall sized aquariums. While, there are some basic items that will probably be included in most kits, comparable to, a filter, some substrate or coral and generally lighting, the kits themselves can vary greatly. It really doesn’t matter where you buy your starter kit, but keep in mind that it is extremely essential to buy your fish from a good dealer. Don’t buy fish which might be hovering close to the surface, or which are situated in a tank with other lifeless fish. Fish diseases are extraordinarily communicable. Be weary of a fish seller that refuses to catch a selected fish out of the tank for you. In spite of everything this is going to be your fish and you have a right to choose.Lenard U Weisenber

This is a video of how to set up the Home Aquarium Starter kit 10 from AquaCulture. I decided like five minutes after I had started setting up. So the first two steps are just words. But there is video. (Duh, that’s why it is on youtube) 😛 Enjoy and make sure to watch the next two parts.
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