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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:38 pm Post subject: Molded aquariums and non-molded aquariums Reply with quote

 Hi  Friends,
 
 I  want  to  compare  molded  aquariums  and  non-molded  aquariums
 Molded  tanks  are  more  expensive  than  non-molded  ones.
 Other  than  this,  what  are  the  advantages  and  disadvantages  of  molded  tanks.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:50 pm Post subject: Re: Molded aquariums and non-molded aquariums Reply with quote

 "You  can  either  have  the  conventional  glass  aquarium  or  opt  for  an  acrylic  one.
   “I  have  been  using  a  glass  aquarium  for  quite  some  time  now  and  would  any  day  prefer  it  to  acrylic  ones  because  of  their  resistance  to  scratching  and  much  more  accessible  price,”  says  Sudha  Kashyap  from  Delhi.  
 
 However,  one  cannot  overlook  their  disadvantages.  Glass  can  crack  and  is  not  as  resistant  as  acrylic  tanks.  Glass  aquaria  are  also  heavier  than  acrylic  ones.  Insulation  too  is  lower  in  glass  ones  which  do  not  come  in  as  many  interesting  shapes.  But  acrylic  tends  to  fade  out  and  can  get  a  yellow  tinge  over  time.  
 
 Even  though  cost  is  one  of  the  main  considerations  for  aquarists  when  deciding  which  of  these  two  types  of  aquariums  to  purchase,  when  it  comes  to  very  large  tanks,  the  price  difference  is  not  too  much.  So  if  you’re  looking  for  a  stronger,  non-conventional  shaped  aquaria,  acrylic  is  what  you  must  opt  for.  
 
 Laminated  glass,  which  combines  the  advantages  of  both  glass  and  acrylic,  is  also  used.  If  you  are  opting  for  a  large  aquaria,  then  stronger  materials  such  as  fiberglass-reinforced  plastics  or  reinforced  concrete  could  also  be  an  option  to  consider."
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:59 pm Post subject: Re: Molded aquariums and non-molded aquariums Reply with quote

 Will  there  be  any  difference  for  the  fishes?
 Is  there  anything  like  fishes  will  be  more  comfortable  in  glass  tanks?
 Will  they  get  scared  looking  through  the  convex  surface  of  the  molded  tank.
 Sorry  for  my  stupid  questions..      Unsure  
 
 Hi  Umesh,
 Thanks  for  your  very  helpful  reply.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:08 pm Post subject: Re: Molded aquariums and non-molded aquariums Reply with quote

 +1  umesh
 
 @sujo
 there  will  not  be  any  diff  to  fish,  the  comfort  level  depends  on  factors  such  as  your  setup,  tank  mates,  plants  and  surrounds  around  the  tank  and  not  whether  the  tank  is  of  glass  or  acrylic.
 
 u  dont  have  to  be  sry...question  everything....thats  how  we  learn.....ask  every  question  that  pops  up  in  your  mind  as  some  others  having  the  same  question  may  get  their  answer
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:13 pm Post subject: Re: Molded aquariums and non-molded aquariums Reply with quote

 Adding  to  Umesh  sir...  
 You  can  even  get  glass  molded  aquarium.  I  am  using  the  same.  Its  just  the  over  all  look  and  beauty  and  thats.  Nothing  else  changes.  But  its  damn  costly  when  compared  to  normal  glass  aquarium  but  cheaper  than  acrylic  molded  aquarium.
 
 Regarding  fish..  i  don't  see  any  difference..  its  just  the  corners  which  are  curved  unless  you  have  taken  a  fully  rounded  aquarium..  
 
 but  it  doesn't  matters  actually..  i  guess  they  don't  care  unless  they  used  to  watch  TV  in  my  drawing  room  and  now  they  cant   ROFL
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:39 pm Post subject: Re: Molded aquariums and non-molded aquariums Reply with quote

 Is  there  any  way  to  check  whether  the  molded  tank  is  Acrylic,  Glass  or  Laminated  glass?
 How  will  we  distinguish  them.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:29 am Post subject: Re: Molded aquariums and non-molded aquariums Reply with quote

                                                   
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Is  there  any  way  to  check  whether  the  molded  tank  is  Acrylic,  Glass  or  Laminated  glass?
 How  will  we  distinguish  them.                

 
 acrylic  damm  costly  we  cant  think  of  that  why  acrylic  mean  they  can  even  hold  20,000  gallon  water  or  more  because  they  are  much  stronger  than  glass
 
 in  market  acrylic  tank  very  rare  too  see  if  mean  they  may  come  at  10ft  like  that.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:48 am Post subject: Re: Molded aquariums and non-molded aquariums Reply with quote

 Totally  agree  with  yajur.  More  over  acrylic  is  plastic  and  this  is  glass..  you  can  try  knocking  with  your  nail  for  sound.
 
 Lets  say  120L  aquarium  plain  glass  will  cost  you  around  2k  to  3k  max,  a  same  molded  glass  will  cost  you  around  8k  to  16k(Based  on  brand  and  glass  quality  and  bargaining  skills   Very Happy   also..)  and  same  acrylic  will  cost  you  above  22k(Acrylic  price  as  told  by  one  shop  keeper.  Might  need  correction).
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:16 am Post subject: Re: Molded aquariums and non-molded aquariums Reply with quote

 Hi  Sujo,
                           At  below  link  +/-  of  both  are  discussed  .  However  Glass  is  better  I  feel  because  of  its  resistance  to  scratches.  If  we  get  any  algae,  it  will  be  difficult  to  remove  from  acrylic  without  scratching  it.  Glass  molded  tanks  are  available.  It  may  be  bit  tricky  to  distinguish  between  both  if  manufacturer  is  not  specifying   which  material  is  used,  though  a  rough  idea  can  be  obtained  as  some  one  mentioned  by  knocking  on  tank.
 
 with  best  regards,
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:42 pm Post subject: Re: Molded aquariums and non-molded aquariums Reply with quote

 Hi!
      Well  I  think  corners  of  the  molded  doesn't  look  too  appealing  and  if  placed  at  the  the  corners,  edges  tend  to  magnify.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:26 am Post subject: Re: Molded aquariums and non-molded aquariums Reply with quote

 We  can  also  buy  the  regular  glass  and  take  it  to  a  glass  factory  where  they  will  heat  it  and  bend  it  for  you  for  a  charge.
 
 Or  just  tell  them  the  measurments  they  will  do  along  with  the  glass.
 
 I  know  a  guy  who  does  this.  Im  planning  to  get  this  done.  My  idea  is  to  bend  the  front  glass  and  then  assemble  the  base  and  back  when  making  the  tank.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:53 am Post subject: Re: Molded aquariums and non-molded aquariums Reply with quote

 Moulded  Tanks  are  better.  if  glass  breaks  throw  it  away.  if  you  have  a  convetional  tank  you  will  get  tempted  to  make  it  over  and  then  it  will  take  you  round  and  round  in  circles.  Cleaning  the  moulded  tank  is  good,  because  it  doesnot  have  corners.  Moulded  tank  will  not  gather  medicine  stains  (e.g  blue  liquid)   in  corner  and  look  dirty.  Its  expensive  though,  but  its  the  difference  in  buying  a  Maruti  800  and  buying  a  Honda  brio.  Thumb Up  
 
 Just  think  and  take  this  question.  "WHY  WOULD  SOMEONE  INVENT  A  MOULDED  GLASS  TANK?"
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 Sujo,
 
 If  you  are  opting  for  a  planted  tank,  then  I  would  recommend  you  to  go  for  non-molded  tank..   as  you  have  to  bring  in  lot  of  change  to  get  the  desire  result  in  a  molded  tank.  Like  for  say  the  lights  are  less  powerful  and  canister  filter  may  not  fit  in  and  it  is  difficult  to  do  the  daily  maintenance.
 
 If  you  are  looking  for  a  sheer  discus  tank  then  it  is  ok  to  have  a  molded  one  
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:12 am Post subject: Re: Molded aquariums and non-molded aquariums Reply with quote

 Molded  and  Non-molded  
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      Glass  and  Acrylic  
 
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       I  will  prefer  glass.  Here  I  am  agree  with  sudheer  &  techikhan.  
       
 Though  molded  glass  tank  is  available  but  it  risky.  if  it  broken  whole  tank  you  have  to  re-build.  From  my  experience  till  today  beauty  always  come  from  conventional  glass  aquarium.  Perhaps  you  already  see  all  top  200  tanks  in  IAPLC.  How  many  are  molded  !!   (May  be  I  am  wrong)
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 I  have  been  using  moulded  glass  tank  for  the  last  3+  years.  I  started  with  it  as  a  cichlid  community  tank,  and  now  turned  it  to  a  planted  tank.  I  had  to  get  rid  of  the  top  to  introduce  the  canister  pipes  and  also  cut  some  the  plastic  in  the  site  frame  to  fix  the  aquazonic  T5  lights.  Other  than  that  one  small  issue  I  see  is  that  I  find  it  a  little  difficult  to  clean  the  concave  corners  with  the  magnetic  brush.  So  I  need  to  scrub  that  portion  manually.  But  overall  I  don't  see  any  problems  with  it.
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