Oceanic glass fish Tanks

History of Fish Tank Materials. Pros and cons for glass tanks.

If you're going to keep fish in your house, you're going to need to put them someplace! Historically, glass has been used but for the last 50 years, acrylic has become a very popular material for fish tank. This article covers the History of aquariums, common sizes, pro arguments for using glass tanks, con arguments for using glass acrylic tanks, and online sources for you.


History of Fish Tank Materials

People have kept fish for food or fun for at least the last 4, 000 years. Keeping fish in aquariums is a much more recent development. Keeping fish in glass bowls developed in the mid 1700s. In 1805, Robert Warrington developed the first sustainable glass aquarium. He did this by understanding the need to cycle the nutrients in the water for the fish.

Stocking a Brackish AquariumAquariums during the Victorian age were slate or steel bottomed tanks which were heated underneath with open flames! Their tanks were glass panels attached with metal frames. It wasn't an innovation in actual aquariums but innovations in filtering systems that really moved the home fish keeping hobby into the forefront in the mid 1950s. Aquariums had their own moment of innovation in the mid 1960s where glass sealed tanks replaced glass framed tanks. Silicone based adhesive was used to cement glass panels together. Acrylic tanks were offered to the public in the early 1970s.

Common Glass Tank Sizes

Glass tanks come in all different sizes. Small tanks usually start at 10-gallon. Experts recommend that you go no smaller than 20 gallons for a freshwater tank and 30-40 gallons for a marine tank. Usually, you'll find glass tanks in the following sizes: 10, 20, 25, 29, 55, 75, and 90 gallons. When you pick tanks, consider that wider and longer are usually better than taller given the same volume. That's because a tank that is wider and longer will provide a larger water surface area. A larger water surface area helps promote oxygen exchange which is good for the fish in your tank.

Pros of Glass Tanks

Allen's Bookshop All Glass Aquarium AAG10002 Tank, 2.5-Gallon
Pet Products (Allen's Bookshop)
  • The All-Glass standard size aquarium is made with care to assure that it can stand up to almost any application
  • These aquariums come in a wide range of sizes as well as Black and Oak trim styles
  • Large aquariums feature one-piece center-braced frames that eliminate glass Bowing

They must occupy 1/3 of the earth's surface

2008-08-01 10:38:44 by SciLite

Or more. They're found roughly between 40 degrees north and 40 degrees south latitude. One of the species inhabits the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. On the other hand, they have an unusually small vertical range, since they live only on the ocean surface.
Density in one area estimated at 14000-28000 individuals/km^2:
It's interesting that the only completely oceanic insect is a non-flying insect, but I suppose flight in the middle of the ocean wouldn't be much of an advantage


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  • All-Glass Strip-Lights are used with Versa-Tops for proper aquarium lighting
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