Acrylic aquarium is a major upgrade compared to the standard glass or even the extra-clear glass aquarium for that matter. Most of all, our acrylic aquariums are elegant, offer remarkable visual clarity & incredible strength.
WHY ACRYLIC AQUARIUMS?
Acrylic, also known as acrylic glass, as well as by its trade names Crylux, Plexiglas, Acrylite, Lucite, Perspex and Altuglas is an exceptionally tough, lightweight and transparent thermoplastic. When it comes to aquariums, Acrylic’s unparalleled qualities make it a perfect alternative to the popular silica-based glass. To explain this better, we’ve outlined how acrylic outperforms glass in different aspects of a fish tank.
Tensile strength of acrylic is its capacity to withstand force per unit area. In aquarium’s context, this means the amount of water pressure it can tolerate before slowly deforming or more so, shattering. Below given is a tensile strength comparison between glass & acrylic:
- Glass – 27 MPa – 62 MPa
- Acrylic – 64.8 MPa – 83.4 MPa
Light transmission is the percentage of light passing through a material without being absorbed, which allows human eyes to see through the material. Therefore, as this percentage increases, the optical clarity also increases giving us a clearer vision of what’s across the material. For an aquarium, light transmission rating decides how clearly, we see the fishes and the aquascape through the tank:
- Glass – 85% – 88%
- Acrylic – 92% – 93%
UV light is an electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to the naked eyes and makes up 10% of the sun’s total light output. It has a wavelength between 10 nm to 400 nm which is less than visible light but greater than X-rays. Moreover, Acrylic filters out UV radiation which would otherwise harm aquarium inhabitants. The UV resistance ensures the acrylic aquariums maintain their striking optical clarity even after several years of exposure to UV Radiation. Also, our acrylic aquariums come with a 10-year warranty of non-yellowing due to UV radiation (indoors only).
With a low thermal conductivity rating of 1.3 – BTU / (hr)(ft2)(oF/in), Acrylic keeps most of the heat outside of the aquarium. In fact, this allows the water inside to stay at a consistent temperature. Also, there is less temperature loss, meaning acrylic aquarium runs efficiently resulting in reduced electricity bills.
It is true that a glass aquarium is better when it comes to scratch resistance, it is harder to scratch a glass surface. However, once scratched, it is impossible to restore it. Unlike glass, an acrylic aquarium is easy to scratch. Though, with our proprietary five-step polishing procedure, we can repair acrylic aquarium back to its original state, effectively making it brand new again.
In the aquarium hobby, glass tanks are built with the help of transparent waterproof silicone sealant. The sealant dries and leaves a thick strip of silicone between glass panels. This method is known to us as “sealing” the aquarium. ontrastingly, acrylic aquariums are “welded” chemically using exclusive adhesives, that make it difficult to distinguish the joints.
The chemicals technically “melt” the acrylic panels & form a seamless joint. Most importantly, this process demands a set of certain parameters like temperature, dust-free environment, etc. to be successful. Due to this reason, superior quality acrylic aquariums are expensive to manufacture & pose as a sign of luxury in this hobby.
Hobbyists are often scared to switch to acrylic because of its only drawback – scratches. However, Aquacci offers a unique solution to this common problem. Our maintenance services for acrylic will take care of the scratches for you. As a result, this will ensure that your aquarium looks brand new for several decades.
To summarise, Acrylic Aquariums are a cut above than glass aquariums in every aspect. We manufacture fully customised acrylic aquariums in India. You can let us know the sizes of your choice, & Aquacci will build the aquarium of your dreams & ship it to you anywhere in India under 45-days.