They say that when it comes to fish tanks, acrylic trumps glass. And when I opted to chuck out my old 55 gallon aquarium in favor of a bigger 75 gallon aquarium model, I decided to get an acrylic one just to see how well it performs.
To this end, I bought the Clear for Life 75 gallon rectangle aquarium.
Beside the 75 gallon size, there’re many various size options that fits your need. Check this out.
Clear for Life 75 Gallon Rectangle Aquarium Details
- Dimension: 48L x 18W x 20 inches.
- Tank Size: 75 gallon.
- Installation Type: Table.
- Shape: Rectangle.
- Material: Acrylic.
- Ideal for: Freshwater and saltwater fish.
- Package includes: Aquarium only.
- Sapphire blue.
Clear for Life 75 Gallon Rectangle Aquarium Features
- Made of acrylic.
- Comes in two background color variants.
- With limited lifetime warranty.
- Insulates better than glass.
Clear for Life’s 75 gallon rectangle aquarium may not be much to look at. Unlike many smaller aquariums, what you get when you buy it is just the actual fish tank, nothing more and nothing less. So the picture of a bare bones aquarium above is exactly what you can expect.
Clear for Life claims their aquarium is lighter, brighter, safer and stronger than glass, though. It’ s also supposed to insulate better and won’t shatter like glass would.
The reason for this is the material: acrylic.
Why choose acrylic aquarium?
And have you ever tried lifting a 75 gallon glass aquarium? It can be quite heavy. I was happy to find out that acrylic weighs about half of glass.
It should be noted, however, that while my acrylic tank is break-proof and is probably the best tank to have if you have kids, it’s not scratch-proof. I’ve scratched the tank on several occasions while cleaning it.
Scratches aside, acrylic also makes for good insulation. I read that it retains 20% more heat than glass tanks are able to. So you actually get more consistent temperature for your fish. The clarity also allows for better light absorption – another win for your fish and whatever plant you plan to have in there.
All decked out with the gravel, water, décor, fish, lights, plumbing and filters, it does make for a very pretty aquarium. But that may be due more to my decoration skills than the tank’s natural beauty, ha!
Like previously mentioned, this doesn’t come with any other equipment. And because it set me back a pretty penny, I was hoping my old lamp from the other aquarium will do okay and it did. But I had trouble fitting the filter attachment. It was small for a large filter and that’s how I managed to get the first scratches on the tank. I’m also not very happy with the feeding hood. I feel it should be fine as long as the fish don’t get any bigger. I guess I should forget about growing koi in a tank like this.
- Filter is easy to attach.
- Easy clean up.
- Low glare.
- Good temperature control.
- Break-proof (read: safe for children).
- No additional equipment included with the price.
- Scratches easily.
*as of date of publication (September 18th, 2014).