How to Clean Your Acrylic Aquarium Without Scratching
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

The Carefree Aquarium

Acrylic aquariums are a perfect choice for both the seasoned and beginner aquarist. Their distinct advantages are the ease of care and the unique benefits they offer the hobbyist.

The Acrylic Advantage

  • No worrying about leaks. Molecularly bonded (melted together) seams make them less likely to leak.

  • Virtually child and accident proof. Acrylic is 6-17 times stronger than glass and much more flexible.

  • A clearer view. Acrylic aquariums are clearer than glass and allow up to 92% of light to pass through. You’ll see better color and brighter fish.

  • Easier on the back. Acrylic is approximately 48% lighter than glass, so they are much easier to transport and set up.

Acrylic aquariums can scratch, but unlike glass, the scratches can be easily buffed out. The easiest way to avoid scratches is to keep your acrylic-safe algae scraper or magnetically-coupled aquarium pane cleaner away from sand or substrate and to use acrylic-safe products when doing any type of cleaning or maintenance.

Can I use any cleaning product on my acrylic aquarium?

Always use aquarium products that are designed specifically for acrylic use to prevent scratches. DO NOT use gritty cloths, scouring pads, household cleaners, or abrasive compounds.


Acrylic-safe Mag-Floats scrub away algae without ever getting your hands wet, thanks to the clever magnet-on-magnet design.

Our Aquarium Cleaner & Polisher cleans the exterior of your acrylic tank to a radiant glow.