How much stronger is acrylic than glass?
Strength. It is widely accepted that acrylic is 16-17 times stronger than glass of the same thickness, with much better impact resistance.
Does acrylic scratch easier than glass?
Acrylic also offers a less distorted view than glass. On the downside, acrylic requires a stand with support beneath the entire length of the bottom, and it is easily scratched. Glass is easy to clean because it does not scratch readily, and requires support only along the outside edges of the tank.
How long do acrylic fish tanks last?
A properly maintained and filled fish-tank can last for decades. People often times use the same glass fish tank continuously for over 40 years. Owners have the option of choosing between glass and acrylic tanks. Glass fish tanks typically last longer than acrylic, but each can last for decades if properly cared for.
What glass is used to make fish tanks?
By far the material most commonly employed to build aquarium tanks is glass. Glass is actually manufactured heating ordinary sand (which is mostly silicon dioxide) to 1700 degrees celsius (3090F).