Plexiglass aquariums are quite popular nowadays, which is true for various reasons. If you did not already know, Plexiglass looks like glass from the outside, but it is very different. Plexiglass is a type of plastic more commonly known as acrylic. You have probably heard of acrylic before, especially if you are into fish and have debated between getting a glass and acrylic aquarium.
Well, many people love acrylic aquariums, but they can be a little troublesome to clean compared to their glass counterparts. So, how to clean a plexiglass fish tank seems to be a question that many need an answer to. Let’s get right to it and help you folks clean your plexiglass, AKA acrylic aquariums.
Plexiglass AKA Acrylic Aquariums
Now, as we said, many people love acrylic aquariums compared to their glass counterparts. Acrylic aquariums, first of all, tend to be cheaper than glass aquariums (we have done a detailed comparison here), which is important for anyone who has a budget to follow. Next, plexiglass aquariums are much lighter than glass aquariums, thus reducing the weight load on anything supporting the aquarium.
Moreover, plexiglass aquariums are much harder to shatter than glass ones due to their higher level of impact resistance. There is also the fact that they can hold more water weight than glass. At the same time, plexiglass tends to not distort the image on the other side as much as glass does.
Also, plexiglass tends to have much stronger seams as they are welded together. Finally, plexiglass is much easier to manipulate into shapes and drill into, making it more versatile than glass for various uses and aquarium setups. However, plexiglass aquariums do have some major drawbacks.
One of the biggest drawbacks of these acrylic aquariums is that they are easy to scratch. Seriously, you could probably sneeze the wrong way and end up scratching a plexiglass fish tank. The issue this creates is in terms of cleaning. Cleaning a plexiglass aquarium without scratching it can be somewhat difficult. That being said, cleaning it without scratching it is possible, but you do need to take some precautions.
How To Clean Plexiglass Fish Tanks
When it comes to cleaning your plexiglass fish tank, it is not like the process is completely different from cleaning a glass tank. You are more or less doing the same things in terms of cleaning the gravel or substrate, cleaning decorations, removing fish waste, and cleaning the tank walls.
However, you do need to be more careful when doing so with an acrylic or plexiglass tank as opposed to a glass tank. You need to be careful not to scratch it. As you will see from the points below, being careful not to scratch the tank is the moral of the story when it comes to cleaning plexiglass fish tanks.
So, let’s go over some of the best tips for you to follow so you can clean your plexiglass fish tank without scratching it up or degrading it in any other way.
What If Scratching Occurs?
Scratches can and do happen no matter how careful you are being with your acrylic or plexiglass aquarium. However, most scratches can be removed if they are not too deep. There are special acrylic buffing and repair kits that can be used. Simply follow the instructions on the packaging to remove the scratches.
There are some acrylic aquarium repair kits that can be used with water and animals in the tank, which of course helps make things a lot easier. Keep in mind that really deep, big, and severe scratches are going to be harder to buff out with a repair kit.
In terms of cleaning a plexiglass fish tank, as long as you are careful, patient, and follow our tips, you really should not have a problem keeping it in prime condition. Plexiglass fish tanks get dirty just like glass ones, so if you have a plexiglass tank, you will need to clean it no doubt.
Read More: How To Remove Scratches From Glass Aquariums
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