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FreshWater

It almost goes without saying that the first step in setting up a new freshwater Aquarium is selecting the fish tank itself.

There are a great many choices available. Though acrylic fish tanks are becoming more popular in Europe and the United States, they are rarely available in Australia. There are also still some inherent problems with the use of acrylic in aquarium manufacture; it scratches more easily than glass and exhibits less structural strength. Aquatic Creations is working closely with an Australian firm to develop our own range of new acrylic aquariums designed specifically to overcome these flaws and when the technology is mature we will be offering this range to the public.

Currently, all glass design represents the best choice, whether you are purchasing a standard or a custom aquarium. Many aquarists however, are not aware that low-iron or Starfire glass is also an option when having a fish tank built. While it is a little more expensive than standard, clear float glass, Starfire contains less iron, (the element responsible for giving glass its greenish hue) and consequently allows for a truer representation of the colours of the fish and aquatic plants housed in the aquarium. It also allows considerable more light to pass through it, making for a brighter display.

The choices don’t end there. Some aquarists like to have strips attached to the edges of their fish tanks in order to conceal the joins, others prefer to leave these exposed, while some opt for black silicone, another slightly more expensive option but one which contributes to a more pleasing aesthetic effect. There are also options when it comes to selecting the style of bracing, the extra glass fitted to the upper portion of the tank to add strength. Some choose to forgo the bracing altogether and instead have the tank constructed from thicker glass for a minimalist look. There is also the option of Eurobracing where a single sheet of glass is water cut to provide a seamless rail around the top. Whatever your preference, Aquatic Creations and Aquatic Creations Online can build it for you.

Your choice of placement for the Aquarium is as important as the fish tank itself. An overwhelming majority of cracks and leaks in fish tanks are caused by unstable or shifting bases. Poorly manufactured aquarium stands and cabinets that fail to adequately support the aquarium can place undue stress on the glass and joints which lead to silicone being torn away and consequent leaks or worse still, cause the glass to crack and possibly even the tank to burst. It is vital that not only the tank, but the stand or aquarium cabinet be built by someone who understands the load it will be placed under. It is also crucial that you place some kind of flexible base between the tank and whatever it is sitting on. If you plan on having a Custom Aquarium placed in a wall cavity, make sure the Fish Tank maker inspects the position first.

Curved Aquariums are also available. Custom Aquariums can be built to virtually any size and shape or if you prefer, German Manufacturer Juwel offer a range of curved glass Aquariums at far less than you would pay for a custom fish tank. Aquatic Creations stocks the full range of Juwel Aquariums.

Aquatic Creations also carries a huge range of quality timber aquarium stands, aquarium cabinets and hoods in a wide range of colours, styles and finishes. Alternately, we can have our craftspeople build something just for you, in a style perfectly suited to your home.

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