Aquarium Materials : Glass Vs Acrylic


W hen looking to start and buy an aquarium you have two choices, Acrylic or Glass. Each contain water and your aquatic environment equally well, so lets take a look at the pros and cons of each fish tank material.

Material Color / Tint

Acrylic, effectively a plastic tank, has not tint or color to the material thus enhancing the viewer’s experience and giving you a true vision of your fish. Glass tanks tend to vary either giving you a slightly blue or green tinge as the material is slightly colored, this can be offset slightly by choosing to use lighting of a different color temperature. You may have seen our reviews of the Starfire cubic aquariums on our site the type of glass fitted to these is of much high quality than that of most, giving you the same color depth as that of an acrylic tank albeit at the same cost. Although initially cleared and brighter as Acrylic tanks age they may become slightly cloudy whereas glass retains its original clarity.

Starfire Glass is of much higher quality giving you the same color depth as Acrylic.

Weight

Due to the nature of glass tanks made of it tend to be very heavy, requiring two people to move them. An acrylic 55 Gallon aquarium weighs in at a light 42lbs whilst the glass equivalent is almost double that at 78lbs. If you have any intention of potentially moving or altering your setup, clearly an acrylic has the upper hand.

Visual Distortion

With light bending / refracting when it enters a transparent material a slight visual distortion can occur thus impeding or altering the of your aquatic life. Albeit a very slim piece of glass (between 6 – 20mm dependent on size) it could affect your view although with little or minor effect. As for acrylic this material causes little if any visual distortion occurs.

Seams / Bonding

Aquariums are built from 5 sheets of either glass or acrylic (assuming the aquarium is a rectangle or cube) these are then joined and bonded together.
Some glass manufacturers such as Deep Blue Professional choose to build black injection molded frames to support the weight of the water inside, although this further impairs the view of the fish it helps improve durability and reduce the likelihood of damage. Others use silicone to join each glass sheet together preventing visibility being reduced although with enough force (where the edges of the material meet) this could be separated.
Alternatively Acrylic aquariums are chemically bonded and you will notice if you look at the joins it should appear seamless thus being stronger and less likely to impede your view.

Filter and pump installation

Most glass tank owners tend to hang their filters from the side, simply stuck on using suction cups appropriately provided, as the tanks either are not pre-drilled for filtration or stumps. Many of manufacturers, ie Deep Blue Professional, Marineland and Aqueon, now supply an overflow system with their tanks enabling users to easily get started and hide filters / pumps. Assuming the glass is not tempered you should be able to carefully drill holes (with diamond drill bits / hole saw and cornoil) to fit appropriate sump or tubing (drill or cut holes into a tank at your own risk).

Similarly many acrylic tanks, such as those from Sea Clear and Clear-for-Life, now have premium filtration options available, ie system 2 and UniQuarium, pre plumbed and ready to go. In the main most are not pre plumbed with acrylic tanks simply being plastic you can quite easily drill holes to the rear or side panels as you deem necessary without the same likelihood of damaging your tank.
Scratches

Being plastic Acrylic tanks are far more likely to scratch or craze, these can be buffed out although this is a tiresome job and is likely to take a good few hours to do. Tools such as algae scrapers and magnetic algae cleaners are the biggest cause of damage. If you choose an acrylic aquarium place an acrylic pad between the outside of tank and the magnetic cleaner to prevent scratches. Rather than using an algae scraper use an acrylic safe algae scrubber making cleaning whilst retaining a beautiful view. Similarly stones, rocks and coral are all a hazard, when setting up be careful on placing to prevent damaging the material.

Insulation

Naturally acrylic is a better insulator in comparison to glass making it easier to manage a consistent temperature ideal for reef and coral setups.

Cracks and Breaks

As you know glass damages easily on impact and small chips can easily grow in to large cracks. Regardless whether you have a glass or acrylic fish tank, it is best to be cautious around them as most damage, cracks or breaks are caused by neglect rather than as defects. Being seamless Acrylic is less likely to break or damage, albeit impact is likely to leave a scratch or mark.

Cost

Typically glass aquariums, unless made of the higher quality Starfire Glass (like those of SC Aquariums), tend to be cheaper than the acrylic alternative.

Each glass and acrylic have their advantages and disadvantages, the choice lies in your hand when choosing for your next aquatic project, hopefully the above has shed some light on for your choice.


Which is the Most Suitable Aquarium Manufacturer For You?


With such a huge variety of manufacturers which specialise in aquariums and supplies for your pet fish, it can be a struggle to decide which one to use for different products. One manufacturer might seem to be better for filters, whereas another is clearly the best choice for gravel or algae scrapers.

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Clear-for-Life

Clear-For-Life Aquariums Logo

The Clear-for-Life aquarium products are manufactured by Advanced Aqua Tanks, a company which is widely regarded as one of the leading brands in the industry. Here are some popular features of Clear-for-Life:

  • The aquariums come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, which gives the buyer peace of mind that any leakage problems will be fixed without incurring extra costs.
  • A lot of aquariums from this manufacturer are not only high quality, but are also very beautiful to look at.
  • High-grade insulation is used in the tanks, enabling the temperature to be better regulated.

Clear-for-Life have also gathered plenty of publicity through their popular UniQuariums. Since these are the top-of-the-range products offered by the company, you can’t expect to get a cheap deal. However, there is no plumbing or drilling necessary with these tanks, making them perfect for beginners or those who want something as simple as just adding water.

Although Clear-for-Life tanks are notably more expensive than other such products, the vast majority of customers are hugely satisfied with the quality. This manufacturer doesn’t make any other products besides fish tanks, which means it can concentrate all efforts onto producing some of the best quality aquariums on the market today.


Top Fin

TopFin Aquatic LogoPetSmart’s home brand for all things aquarium, you can get almost anything with the name Top Fin, from starter kits to filters to ornaments.

A lot of the Top Fin starter kits are popular products, particularly the 55-Gallon Aquarium Starter Kit, which certainly went down well with customers. A lot of beginners to keeping fish seem to choose these products due to their simplicity and ease of setting up.

In the past, Top Fin bottles of water dechlorinator were recalled after the liquid inside was actually bacteria supplement, and last year, PetSmart recalled plastic aquarium heaters after a risk of electric shock was discovered. However, the problem was rectified instantly and no harm occurred as a result of the heaters. Customers were offered full refunds for the products, showing that PetSmart place a lot of emphasis on their good customer service.


DeepBlue Professional

DeepBlue Professional Aquariums LogoThis manufacturer creates everything you could possibly wish for when it comes to aquariums, including heaters, filters, décor and tanks. DeepBlue Professional prides itself in providing quality items at affordable prices.

One of the features exclusive to this manufacturer which many existing customers love is the black silicone that is used in the creation of the aquariums. This makes them even more durable and strong, and adds a bold and beautiful look to the tanks.

Another optional feature of most of the tanks is the tempered glass, and is available when purchasing tanks such as the 1.5-Gallon 3-way Betta Tank Kit and the 75-Gallon Reef Ready Glass Aquarium. While many customers have commented on the strength and durability which this brings, other customers aren’t too impressed, so this one really is a matter of opinion.

The vast majority of their products have excellent reviews of Amazon, and with such a variety of products available, you can find almost anything you want for your aquarium.


Marineland

Marineland LogoPreviously known as Perfecto Manufacturing, Marineland is a company which began is 1968 and has been striving to produce quality goods ever since. With a strong history of innovation, this company, much like DeepBlue Professional, has a huge range of products available.

Marineland has received typically excellent reviews for their aquariums and tanks, but customers were less impressed with their LED lighting systems, with several people stating that they did not last as long as expected or advertised. Heaters and filters have generally been rated as being good, and food and water care products are popular with customers.

A popular Marineland product is the Marineland Desktop Kit, a small tank which is available in either 3-gallon or 5-gallon sizes. With an adjustable flow filter pump and a hinged or sliding canopy making it easy to feed your pet fish, they’re easy to assemble and make a perfect addition to a living room or office.


Tetra

Tetra LogoApart from manufacturing aquariums and other aquatic products, Tetra also produces large vivariums and reptile enclosures.
This is a good company to use if you’re looking for food and water care products for your fish. Some of the highest ratings which they’ve received are for products such as water conditioner and water treatment tablets.

Tetra is also well-known for its small, budget aquarium kits. As a branch of the larger company, Marineland, it seeks to provide quality and affordability in all its products. The LED Betta Tank Kit, for example, is just $20 to purchase, yet has received excellent reviews from customers.

For beginners, a lot of information can be found on their website, which is one of the reasons why it targets those who perhaps have had little experience with aquariums. There are great deals on Amazon for those who are looking to start an aquarium or upgrade to something larger and better.


SC Aquariums

SC Starfire Aquariums LogoAlthough Starfire glass tanks can be more expensive than others, many aquarium experts believe that if you can afford it, you should buy one. SC Aquariums specialises in Starfire glass tanks, and the quality does not disappoint.

You can find many of these aquariums for sale on Amazon. Searching through their products on this website also gives you the chance to read the many glowing reviews which have been left by previous buyers, many of them 5-star ratings.

One of the features which many customers seem to like about these tanks is the rimless style, and several people recommended using colourful LED lights to add to the beauty of the aquarium. While SC Aquariums does not manufacture anything except for the tanks, you can easily buy other supplies for your aquarium from one of the other manufacturers mentioned.

Many Starfire aquariums are pre-plumbed, making them ideal for reef tanks. Aquatic fans generally don’t like the hassle of plumbing once they have purchased tanks, so these are an easier option and can look beautiful too.

If you’re on a budget, these tanks might not be the most suitable choice for you, since you can expect to pay around $750 for a 66-Gallon Starfire aquarium. However, you’re unlikely to find tanks of this quality at a much cheaper price.


SeaClear

Sea Clear LogoIn terms of price, you should expect to pay roughly $200 for a 30-Gallon aquarium from SeaClear. This manufacturer boasts itself in providing tanks that are almost unbreakable and virtually leak-proof. However, the durability and sturdiness doesn’t make them heavier, since they are designed using acrylic materials which makes them more lightweight than similarly-sized products.

Not only does the acrylic material make these tanks so strong yet lightweight, but users can also put salt water in the tanks without having to worry about erosion – something which is a common problem with glass tanks.

Apart from producing aquatic products, SeaClear is a company which specialises in the design and installation of tanks. One of their popular tanks is the 50-Gallon Rectangular Aquarium Combo, which has attractive rounded edges.

SeaClear is a suitable manufacturer for those who want something stable, yet don’t have a large budget which caters for aquariums such as those made by Starfire. Customers tend to comment often on their customer service, which is second to none.


Aqueon

Aqueon Logo - It's all about the fish.Products from Aqueon are designed by those who are truly passionate about aquatics. It was previously known as All Glass Aquariums, a company which provided quality aquariums to customers. Buyers have reported that even after the name change, the products remain of the same good quality.

With the slogan “It’s all about the fish”, this manufacturer offers starter kits, food, furniture, water care, filtration products, décor, lighting and much more. Much like DeepBlue Professional, you can buy everything you need for your tank right here.

Aqueon has hundreds of excellent reviews for its filter systems and tanks, and is regarded as one of the world’s largest aquarium manufacturers. People who have used their tanks for years have reported that the quality is impeccable, and many believe that they are of better quality than products from Marineland.

This manufacturer produces many desktop aquariums, in small sizes ranging from one to five gallons, giving every customer the chance to choose the perfect tank. The 2.5-Gallon Desktop Kit comes with a filter to keep the water consistently clean, has an appealing design and can be purchased for less than $80.

Aqueon is a well-established company which has managed to build up a huge customer base over several years. You can find many plastic starter kits priced at around $50 or less, which are perfect for anyone looking to start an aquarium and build up their experience.


Time for you to choose your Aquarium and Manufacturer

It’s clear to see that although different aquatic manufacturers offer the same type of products, you can choose the best one for you based on the suitability. At the end of the day, it all comes down to your individual needs in terms of what you want from an aquarium, but researching different products and manufacturers is the best way forward.


Cleaning and Maintaining a Large Aquarium – Essential Guide


Taking care of your fish tank requires a bit of regular work, but your fish will thank you for providing them with a clean and happy home. This guide will walk you through all of the steps of a thorough cleaning. Your tank may not require all of these steps at the moment, but this thorough cleaning guide can be followed seasonally to ensure your tank remains grime free.

Although some of these steps (such as plant cleaning) don’t have to be performed often, it helps to know how to when the time comes. We’ll also cover more basic steps, like gravel vacuuming, that you’ll want to perform on a regular basis.

The Basics

Before you begin, let’s cover a couple of points that will help maintain the health of your tank.

When cleaning your aquarium, it’s best to leave the fish in place rather than removing them. Pulling fish from the tank puts unnecessary stress on them and runs the risk of injuring them during transit. You shouldn’t need to pull them during water changes, because you’ll be removing at most 25% of the water.

It shouldn’t be necessary at any point to fully drain your tank – in fact, it’s strongly discouraged. Completely fresh water will remove the beneficial bacteria and reset your nitrogen cycle from scratch, which is something that could kill your fish. Adequate cleaning and a partial water change should be plenty to remedy even the dirtiest of tanks.

For regular cleaning, you can also leave any plants or decorations in place. Only when they become visibly dirty or covered in algae should they be removed, and even then they need to be cleaned using a specific process (something we’ll cover later in this guide).

Finally, never use any type of soap to clean any part of the tank, even if it’s thoroughly rinsed off. The residue left behind (even if it’s not enough to see) can kill your fish.

Regular Cleaning

To perform regular cleaning, you’ll want to start by scraping algae off the sides of the tank. An algae scraper is the best tool for this job, and you’ll want to use a plastic (rather than metal) scraper if your tank is acrylic.

With the sides scraped clean, it’s time to move to the gravel. You’ll want to use a siphon to vacuum the gravel clean. This takes care of two tasks at once, as you can use the siphon to remove water as you clean in preparation for your partial water change.

With the gravel clean, continue using the siphon until the desired amount of water is removed. For weekly cleanings, you’ll be aiming for 10% to 15% of the water – for more thorough cleanings, you’ll want 25% to 30% of it gone. Remember to keep at least half of the water in order to maintain adequate beneficial bacteria levels.

When done, simply top the tank off with fresh water that has already had the chlorine removed using a conditioning treatment. This is the only time you should add water to the tank. Resist the urge to refill water lost due to evaporation between cleanings. It may seem like a good idea, but topping off without removing a portion of the old water will increase the dissolved mineral content of your solution. Over time, this can create an environment that will eventually be unsuitable for aquatic life.

Cleaning Plants, Rocks, and Decorations

Occasionally, you may wish to clean the (non-fish) contents of your tank. Remove them from the tank and scrub under running water. You can use your algae scraper if that makes the process easier. Never use any type of soap.

If the residue is more stubborn, mix a solution of 5% bleach and 95% water in a new bucket that has never been used for any other task (to prevent contamination). Let it soak for 5 minutes, then thoroughly rinse off and allow to air dry before returning to the tank. You can even use this solution to clean living plants, if necessary.

Cleaning the Glass

If you need to clean the glass or any other clear components, such as lights, make sure not to use any commercial or household glass cleaners. These products contain strong chemicals that are highly toxic to fish.

Instead, use a straight vinegar solution, which will remove deposits without introducing harmful chemicals to your tank.

Conclusion

If you follow this guide, you will greatly reduce the odds of harming your fish in the process of cleaning their tank. Remember not to use any cleaners unless they are specifically listed as safe for aquarium use. With ongoing maintenance, you shouldn’t need to thoroughly clean your tank very often. A weekly cleaning can go a long way towards eliminating residue build-up.


14 Stunning 75 Gallon Aquariums


Crafting your 75+ gallon tank can be done on a wide range of budgets, but either way, it’s an investment and something you don’t want to have to do more than once. As such, you want to make sure your purchases are wise decisions.

To help you make sure your money is spent wisely, we’ve rounded up the 14 best options available for starting your aquarium. All of these options are at least 75 gallons and make a great start to an impressive fish tank.

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  1. Top Fin 75 Gallon Hooded Aquarium

A Top Fin 75 Gallon Hooded Aquarium setup T he Top Fin 75 gallon hooded aquarium features a long, narrow profile that helps fill up a long viewing area. It looks great up against a wall, and at 48.5 inches in length, by 18.5 inches wide, by 21.125 inches high, it allows your fish plenty of room to pick up speed as they dash from one end of the tank to the other.

This option is a glass tank, which offers easier cleaning ability, since you can use tools like razor blades to scrape contamination from the tank interior without fear of damaging the material. It comes with the aquarium itself, along with a tight fitting hood and dual fluorescent lights to provide ample illumination across the length of the tank.

Take a look in more depth at the Hooded Top Fin Aquarium on MyAquarium here.


  1. Clear-For-Life 75 Gallon Hexagon Aquarium

Clear-for-Life 75 Gal Close up photo T his aquarium provides a durable, light weight acrylic tank in a unique hexagonal profile. It offers multiple viewing angles spanning a full 360 degrees around the perimeter of the tank, allowing you to view your aquarium no matter where you’re standing. With a lifetime leakage warranty, you can rest assured knowing you’re protected from faults or damage. This aquarium measures 29″ in length x 25″ wide x 30″ high.

For more detail on the Clear-for-Life Hexagonal Fish Tank from MyAquarium click here.


  1. Deep Blue Professional DB Edge75 Aquarium

Edge75 Deep Blue Aquarium The Deep Blue Professional Edge75 rimless reef ready system by DB Edge Series Aquariums is a great start to a high quality setup. It comes pre-drilled and includes a plumbing system, making it as easy as possible to hook up your preferred pump choice for a great powered filtration option. The placement of the plumbing system ensures you will experience no problems with water flow, something that can take some trial and error without an already existing plumbing solution. This is a glass tank that features their own Opti-Pure technology to ensure the maximum amount of possible light passes through the tank for an enhanced viewing experience. This tank is 48 inches in length, by 18 inches wide, by 20 inches high.

To read our detailed analysis of the Deep Blue Professional Modern Edgeless reef ready aquarium take a peek here.


  1. Marineland 75G Aquarium Majesty Ensemble

Marineland 75 Gallon Aquarium The Marineland 75G Aquarium Majesty Ensemble is one of the easiest ways to get started with a 75 gallon tank, since it includes both the tank itself and a stylish stand capable of supporting the weight of a 75 gallon tank. The black base offers multiple storage areas, making it as easy as possible to keep your supplies (like fish food, nets, chemicals, and cleaning materials) within access and out of sight. It is 48 inches in length, by 18 inches Width, by 21 inches high to provide plenty of room to watch your fish swim about. In addition to the tank and stand, you’ll also get a fitted hood with matching dual lights to ensure the length of your tank is properly illuminated at all times.

See more of the complete Marineland 75 Majesty Aquarium here.


  1. Clear-For-Life 75 Gallon Rectangle UniQuarium

Black 75 Gallon Clear-for-Life UniQuarium The Clear-For-Life 75 Gallon Rectangle UniQuarium provides large water capacity in a profile that maximizes the front facing viewing area, offering more surface area through which to see your fish swim around in their environment. To make things easy for you, it comes with built in filtration to keep the water clear.

High quality acrylic construction affords a light weight tank while providing more light, making it easier to see your fish. It’s ideal for any type of saltwater or freshwater environment and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty against any type of leakage (which shouldn’t be a huge problem in the first place for an acrylic tank).

Read more about UniQuariums here or see our full post about the Clear-for-Life 75 Gal rectangular UniQuarium here.


  1. Perfecto Manufacturing APF97003 Aquarium Tank, 75-Gallon in Black

Perfecto Manufacturing 75 Gal Aquarium / Pet Cage The Perfecto Manufacturing APF97003 Aquarium Tank is a 75-Gallon aquarium detailed with stylish black accent features. It is 48 inches in length, by 18 inches wide, by 21 inches high, so you end up with plenty of room to house a large number of fish. It’s ideal for just about any type of fish, making a perfect home for your favorite freshwater or saltwater varieties. This is a core tank, rather than a kit, so you’ll just need to pick up some basics – like a pump and heater – before you’re ready to begin.

Further details on the Perfecto Rectangular 75 Gallon APF97003 is available from our site here.


  1. Deep Blue Professional ADB11075 75-Gallon Reef Ready Glass Aquarium Tank

Deep-Blue-75-Gallon-Aquarium The Deep Blue Professional ADB11075 75-Gallon Reef Ready Glass Aquarium Tank offers an impressive profile and thick, distortion free glass to help provide advantages usually only offered from acrylic tanks, while keeping the durable advantages offered by traditional glass. It is 48 inches in length, by 18 inches wide, by 20 inches high, so you end up with an expansive landscape that’s visible from the front of the tank. You can make a home for either freshwater or saltwater / marine life in this tank, and it has plenty of room for multiple varieties of fish species or for an expansive coral reef.

For a detailed comprehensive product description and further photos of the ADB11075 read here.


  1. Tetra STS26923 75 Gal Reptile and Pet Enclosure

Tetra 75 Gal Vivarium / Reptile Enclosure The Tetra STS26923 Reptile Enclosure is a 75-Gallon tank suitable for pets like turtles or iguanas. At 48 inches in length X 18 inches wide X 20 inches high, it provides plenty of room for multiple animals or larger verities of pet options. It features easy heat lamp installation to ensure you get off on the right foot with ease. With back punch outs, you can easily route cords out of the way for a clean look. The full length of the rear lip prevents smaller pets or prey from escaping the enclosure.

To read more about this reptile aquarium or pet enclosure see our Tetra 75 Gallon description in more detail here.


  1. Tetra STS26926 Deluxe Slide Door Cage Vivarium

Tetra-Usa-Double-Door-Vivarium The Tetra STS26926 Deluxe Slide Door Cage is a 75 gallon tank that can also be used for reptile habitats. It has a sliding front door to allow easy access to the interior for interaction and cleaning. The drain hole on the bottom allows for easy removal of liquid waste products without opening up the tank. Another nice feature of this tank is the ability to add a padlock to the front – something that’s useful for any house with children who might tamper with your animals when you’re not around. This tank can be used for reptiles or Guinea pigs.

For more detail on the Tetra Deluxe Slide door Terrarium / Vivarium / Pet Enclosure read further on our site.


  1. 80 Gallon Starfire Aquariums with Center Overflow

Starfire Rimless 80 Gallon Cube Aquarium The modern rimless 80 Gallon Starfire Aquariums with Center Overflow is a high capacity glass tank measuring 32 inches in length, by 24 inches wide, by 24 inches high. Some unique features are pre-drilled design along with all pipes included, along with an overflow box to ensure your water level remains consistent at all times.

Click here to find out more details about this high quality Starfire Aquarium.


  1. Deep Blue Professional ADB18080 80-Gallon Reef Ready Frag Tank

80 Gallon Deep Blue Aquarium The Deep Blue Professional ADB18080 80-Gallon Reef Ready Frag Aquarium Tank features a profile of 48” by 24” by 16” with black accents. This tank has a strong presence in any room you place it in, and high quality glass allows high visibility across a range of lighting conditions. This tank is an ideal start for just about any type of aquarium, and at 80 gallons of capacity, it offers some additional room beyond the basic 75 gallon options. It’s fully reef ready and pre-drilled, so you’ll be up and running in no time flat.

A comprehensive detailed specification for the 80 Reef Ready Deep Blue Professional Fish Tank is available from MyAquarium here.


  1. All Glass Aquarium 90gal Aquarium Black W/1 Megaflow

All-Glass Aquarium 90 Gallon This option from All Glass Aquariums is a 90gal aquarium with black accents and Megaflow technology making it reef ready and simple to setup, to protect your aquarium from problems that result from overflow. It’s glass, and measures 48.5 inches in length, by 18.5 inches in width, by 25.4 inches high. At 90 gallons, you get a noticeably bigger tank from the smaller 75 gallon models.

If you are having trouble deciding whether this All Glass Aquarium is for you, take a look at the MyAquarium description and specification for advice here.


  1. Deep Blue Professional ADB18090 90-Gallon Reef Ready Aquarium Tank

Deep Blue Reef Ready 90 Gallon Tank The Deep Blue Professional ADB18090 90-Gallon Reef Ready Aquarium Tank measures 48 inches in length, by 18 inches wide, by 24 inches high and is made with all glass construction. It’s a rectangular profile that’s reef ready and pre-drilled with all necessary plumbing included. This is a great tank for saltwater, but can work equally well for freshwater fish.

A few more photos are available, alongside further detail, for the Deep Blue 90 Gallon tank here.. Take a look.


  1. Perfecto Manufacturing 93 Gallon Tank Cube Frameless W/ Overflow

Perfecto 93 Gallon Rimless Aquarium This tank is a full 93 gallons, making it the largest option on our list. For someone who wants the best of the best, it’s hard to beat this tank. It measures 30 inches in length, by 30 inches wide, by 24 inches high and is all glass – so, needless to say, this is a fairly heavy tank. It helps to have two people to set it up. This is a cubic aquarium with a seamless frame, housing distortion free and scratch resistant glass for a lifetime of enjoyment.

For more information read our detailed 93 Gallon Perfecto Manufacturing guide here.

To summerise

The best tank option for your personal needs will depend on your budget and size requirements, but it’s hard to go wrong with any of these options.

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Choosing the Right Fish for Your Aquarium


Researching the type of fish best suited for your aquarium goals is a process that should be completed at the very beginning of your planning stage. Far too many people make the mistake of choosing the wrong kind of fish for their tank and end up with major problems down the road.

Here are the main questions you’ll want to ask when determining what type of fish to house:

  • How large do these fish grow?
  • How many fish do I want in my tank?
  • Do I want multiple kinds of fish? If so, do these fish types get along with each other?
  • Does this fish require freshwater or saltwater? Am I prepared for the extra cost and maintenance of a saltwater tank?
  • What kind of water conditions does this fish require?
  • Do these fish breed heavily? If so, do I have room to house multiple offspring?
  • Are there any specific ailments that plague this type of fish?

There are multiple books available that are specific to each species of fish. If you have your eye on a type, it makes sense to pick up a book written specifically for your target species. It will provide you with all the information you need to ensure that fish is actually the ideal choice for your goals.

Freshwater Fish Tank Options

If you want to keep it simple and cost effective, chances are you’ll choose a freshwater tank setup. Here are some of the more popular options for these basic tanks:

  • Danios: These small fish are strong, cheap, and tolerant of a wide range of water conditions. They are ideal as a first fish, since they can withstand a lot of abuse without being killed off. They also don’t grow incredibly large, so they can be used in a smaller tank.
  • Goldfish: Perhaps the most iconic pet to keep in a tank, the goldfish is a decent choice. Although often kept in small bowls at first, it’s important to remember that goldfish can grow to be quite large, so you’ll need adequate room – especially if you plan on keeping multiples of these fish.
  • White Cloud Minnow: This fish is comfortable in a wide range of water temperatures, and can even be kept in a tank that has no heating control over the water. As long as the room itself doesn’t fall below room temperature, these fish will be plenty happy in a basic tank.
  • Tetra: The tetra is another small type of fish that’s suitable for a beginning freshwater aquarium. These are fairly shy creatures, so they need plenty of nesting room to be happy. Although they may not show themselves as often as some fish, they are a lot of fun to watch when they do come out for a swim.
  • Betta: The betta fish is suitable for a fairly small tank, as they aren’t known for getting along well with others – especially other males. Although many people keep them in extremely small tanks, it’s humane to give them plenty of room to swim around and be happy.

Saltwater Fish Tank Options

If you’re looking for something a bit more exotic, you might decide on a saltwater tank instead. Although these fish are significantly more expensive, they can be quite spectacular to look at.

You might consider saltwater fish such as:

  • Butterfly fish: These small fish are beautiful to watch, with high contrast stripes that span the length of their bodies, painted in vibrant colors. Others have spots instead of stripes, or may even have random blobs of color instead.
  • Coral Beauty: This type of angelfish has a neon bright color and is easily one of the most beautiful types of saltwater fish that can be stored in a home aquarium. However, they require a lot of space, so you’ll want to steer clear unless your setup is 75 gallons or more.
  • Tangs: These fish come in just about every color you can imagine, but no matter what color it comes in, it’s sure to be vibrant. They are fast fish, so they need a lot of room to swim around. This fish is a great option for tanks that are even larger than 75 gallons.
  • Firefish: Want a fish that’s very small? Then the firefish might be a great choice for you. They don’t grow very large, but they still offer vibrant coloration and agile swimming ability.

Hopefully this guide helps you decide the best type of fish for your aquarium goals. Remember to do thorough research on your favorite fish type before making any decisions.