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Choosing an Aquarium

There are many different types of aquarium tanks available. These can include glass tanks, plastic tanks, or acrylic tanks.

Plastic tanks in general should be avoided, because they do not provide the necessary surface area and space required to keep a successful aquarium. These tanks scratch easily and usually only come in sizes ranging from 1 - 5 gallons.

Acrylic tanks are becoming very popular, because they are lightweight and strong. A drawback of acrylic tanks is that they scratch more easily than glass tanks. Acrylic tanks are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes , including convex and bubble. These tanks often cost a little more than those made of plastic or glass.

Glass tanks are still extremely popular, because they do not distort the shapes of the fish. They are relatively cheap when compared to acrylic tanks, but they also weigh a lot more. It is also difficult to drill holes in the glass for filter parts, something that is easily done with acrylic tanks. Large glass aquariums are extremely heavy because glass used in the constructiion gets thicker as the tank size gets large in order to combat problems relating to water pressure.





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There are 3 comments
Posted by lorelle27 – Raleigh, NC

When I moved my two goldfish from a two gallon into a ten gallon tank, they more than tripled their size. It seems like the larger space they have, the more they grow!

Posted by zynthax – Colorado

I agree with earth. Goldfish needs all the space it can get.

Posted by Angie – Earth

Goldfish need to start out with 10 gallons each and 100 x gph.
Most well need more then 10 gallons as they grow. So unless you plan to keep buying bigger tanks I would give each goldfish 20 gallons each at least more would be better.