For years, I’ve only used glass tanks for my fish.
But a few years ago I made the leap to get my first acrylic tank – a big, beautiful SeaClear acrylic aquarium with a vivid blue background.
I admit it – I was skeptical at first. After all, I’d never tried it before.
I love it and feel it was money well spent.
In fact, I’ve grown so fond of them that I recently got a second one to be my main goldfish display tank (pictured above).
I couldn’t be more pleased!
This show tank makes a gorgeous display tank that everyone compliments.
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SeaClear’s line of acrylic aquarium combos comes in a variety of sizes:
- 15 gallon hexagon
- 20 gallon hexagon
- 20 gallon rectangular
- 26 gallon flat-back hexagon
- 29 gallon rectangular
- 30 gallon rectangular
- 40 gallon
- 46 gallon bowfront
- 50 gallon
Bigger tank sizes than these can be trickier to find (and pricey).
Now I LOVE this:
The elegant curved corners at the front afford a totally seamless design.
The manufacturer of the SeaClear aquarium line offers 3 styles to choose from for the back – clear, solid black or solid cobalt blue (the black and blue styles are built-in).
Having both the clear and blue, I can say there are distinct advantages to both.
A solid blue or black back fish tank can really help hide unsightly hanging wires, cords, hang-on-back filters and tubes very well, making it very practical to conceal equipment.
These colors also really makes the fish “pop.”
… I have to say the clear acrylic just looks fantastic and so classy.
For what it’s worth, many professional aquascapers prefer to leave the background clear (provided they conceal their equipment well).
Clear acrylic also gives you the flexibility to put a background on the back of the acrylic tank if you like, which can be changed out as you wish over time. So in that sense it’s less “permanent.”
Regardless of which solution you choose, you can always go with the natural look of a realistic faux stone background like this one (it goes inside over the acrylic backing).
One nice thing about acrylic?
It can come in more creative shapes than regular glass tanks.
The SeaClear acrylic aquarium combo is available in the traditional rectangular shape, and also come in two more styles – hexagon and bowfront.
(Also note that the 15 and 20 gallon hexagon style is especially suitable for smaller spaces as it takes up less horizontal room.)
This lets you pick the shape of fish tank that best suits your own preference and living space.
A Little More About My SeaClear Fish Tank
Everything I used for the setup:
- Substrate: 1/2″ layer of Caribsea crushed coral topped with 1 1/2″ Caribsea “Crystal River” sand
- Plants: 6x 11″ Amazon Swords (link)
- Lighting: Nicrew LED (link)
- Hardscape: Locally found quartz stone
- Supplements: Seachem Excel (link), Seachem Flourish root tabs (link). I also use Phosguard for brown algae (link).
- Filtration: Penn Plax 29 undergravel filter (link) lined with aquarium polyfiber (link) (read how I set it up with sand and the benefits of that here)
The standard light fixture that came with my tank was not my cup of tea at all, so I tossed it and replaced it with the slim-profile Nicrew light instead which is much better for growing plants.
For my aquarium’s hardscape, I used locally found – and carefully cleaned – quartz rock.
(This sturdy acrylic tank supports the use of just about any amount of rock.)
As of the time I’m writing this post, I have just one 7 inch long calico Veiltail goldfish in my SeaClear acrylic aquarium.
So far she hasn’t been welcoming to any roommates. Yes indeed, she is a spoiled little fish and seems to like having the place all to herself.
Overall she seems to really like her home (she especially loves picking through the sand)
(Note: since taking the photo I’ve moved the light behind the filter instead to better backlight the tank and reduce algae growth in the filter.)
You can check out my post here for more tips on setting up a goldfish tank.
In my research into acrylic tanks, I’ve made a few observations. There are actually some major benefits that they have over glass ones.
Advantages of acrylic over glass:
Concerns about going with Acrylic:
Related Post: Acrylic Vs. Glass Aquariums
Having used both styles of tanks for several years now, I’m not going to say I don’t like glass anymore.
I still have glass tanks and use them in various ways.
But my SeaClear tanks sure do give them a run for their money.