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Readers Respond: Which is best, an Acrylic or Glass Aquarium?

Responses: 10


From the article: Before You Buy an Aquarium
When purchasing an aquarium one of the first choices an owner is faced with is choosing acrylic or glass. There are pros and cons for both. Which would you choose?

Glass or Acrylic

I have a 200 gallon oceanic glass over year last year emptied the tank and resealed it. Now I notice a spot where the algae got behind the silicone. I think I want go with Acrylic so I don't have to deal with resealing my aquarium again, what a job! Now I may have to do it all over again! My aquarium is 84.5x24x24. My worry is leveling an acrylic aquarium, I was told if not done correctly they can warp and leak?
—Guest Mark

Acrylic for sure

I dont do anything but Acrylic! I got a bullnose (Suck on that glass) from tenecor a few years back and it is incredible! No scratches, looks amazing and i dont have any ugly seams on the side. Acrylic is a no brainer for me.
—Guest Jesse

Acrylic tanks

I like acrylic tanks for the mere reason that although it may scratch easily, They do not have the silicone filled corners that can be damaged as a result of cleaning with a glass scraper, resulting in a bad leak.
—Guest Jimmy


There are many many aquariums on the market but glass is the best as acrylic scratches far easier when cleaning and a scratched aquarium looks unsightly
—Guest nicholas (aquatics Manager)

acrylic or glass

I definitely prefer glass, i have had both and found acrylic tanks much harder to clean.

Acrylic or Glass

It probably depends on the size of tank you want. Acrylic is lighter than glass, so many people who have custom aquariums built into a room of their home are more likely to have acrylic because they tend to be quite large. I prefer glasss so i dont have to use a velvet glove to clean it. Either can be quite successful as long as you know what you are getting into and the care they require to keep.

acrylic or glass aquarium

I prefer glass easier to clean hard spots without the worry of scratches.

glass unless

I have glass tanks because I get the most gallons for the least dollars. If I was worried about scratches or cracking I guess I'd go polycarbonate, and acrylic if I wanted a fancy bowfront curve.
—Guest warren

Acrylic or Glass Aquarium

I have had a TruView polycarbonate tank for 15 years doesin't have a scratch on it. I moved five years ago and it still looks good inside and out. I live on an earth quake prone area and have misgivings about the stability of glass here.
—Guest billfurnback

Acrylic or Glass Aquarium

Definitely glass. It's heavier, sturdier and doesn't scratch as easily as acrylic tanks. Have had an acrylic tank and over time, it got pretty scratched up.

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