Construction and Problems – Acrylic Aquariums

I have only ever used glass aquariums, those boxes glued together with silicone. They are immensely strong and long lasting though there can be problems. The potential problems with a glass aquarium such as a crack or silicone failure (been a bit too hasty with that razor

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Glass Thickness And Why It Is Important

There are many very competent DIY’ers about, doing all sorts of jobs from putting up a new shelf to building a house. The marine hobby is an excellent area for DIY.

Many aquarists have completed DIY projects very successfully. These projects might be a filter using acrylic tube, a protein skimmer, a lighting system etc. Some go a step further than that and design and build their own aquarium.

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Aquarium Cover Glasses

Cover glasses of course are those sheets of glass that rest on the strengthening straps at the top of the aquarium. Sometimes they are fitted in plastic holders so they will slide, sometimes they just lay straight on the straps.

The overall practice nowadays is not to use cover glasses, but leave the water surface completely open. This is generally good practice. Firstly, it allows maximum light to penetrate the seawater, which is of particular importance on a hard coral reef aquarium. Second, it allows a large area of open seawater surface for gas exchange to take place. Third, it is one less item to clean!

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