Considering designing of large aquariums, one should have an innovative approach to the choice of material. The usual material – glass – has a number of limitations. Creation of large-scale and non-standard structures requires a material with slightly different characteristics.
Acrylic meets all the necessary requirements. Its physical properties allow creating aquariums of unlimited sizes, both large in height and in length, as well as structures of irregular and curved shapes. The structure made of several acrylic panels is a single durable monolith. Only acrylic aquariums are suitable for keeping such specific aquatic inhabitants as sharks.
Work with acrylic structures has its own rules. All design works shall be done in advance. Acrylic aquariums and acrylic panels, due to their large sizes, are installed using special equipment through large openings, and, most frequently, through an unfinished top. For large structures, concrete bases are constructed.
Safety is the key factor. Collaboration with designers and architects ensures precise calculations regarding the installation. Computer models of the distribution of pressure and stress on acrylic ensure safety of acrylic panels and calculation of the corresponding wall thickness. AKVASERVISS has versatile experience in work with acrylic: we create large aquariums; glue separate aquarium parts, polish irregularities, waterproof the joints of acrylic with other surfaces, and build acrylic panels into the pools.
We install the filtration systems necessary for life support in pools with regular water and in aquariums with seawater, creating live coral reef areas. We control and coordinate the work of equipment, provide maintenance of aquariums and take care of their inhabitants – fish and corals.
Acrylic has a number of significant advantages over glass.
Colour rendering: unlike glass, acrylic practically does not absorb the light coming through it and does not distort the rendered colour. The natural blue colour of fish will look the same through the acrylic glass.
Unique density of acrylic (1.16 g / cm3) is close to the density of water (1.0 g / cm3). For comparison, glass has a density of 2.6 g / cm3. The lower the density of the material, the less refraction and distortion there will be when observing the inhabitants of the aquarium.
Thermal insulation: thermal conductivity of acrylic is much lower than of glass. This leads to heat saving when glazing large areas. Moreover, heating or cooling the contents of the acrylic tank requires significantly less energy.
Shockproof: due to its elasticity, acrylic is about 17 times stronger than glass. Bent acrylic structures do not require additional reinforcement, so stiffeners will not be necessary.
Deformability: drilling a hole in acrylic requires much less effort than when working with glass. Acrylic allows to create forms of varying degrees of curvature without affecting their strength.