What type of aquarium glass does Aqua Vim® use?

The aquarium glass we use for our tanks is specially made to be clearer than glass used by most other aquarium manufacturers. We can also custom-make aquariums upon request using Aqua Vim® Starphire glass (on the left) and Aqua Vim® Impact Resistant glass (not shown).

Unlike tempered glass when under force, Aqua Vim® glass will never “explode” into thousands of small pieces– jeopardizing the safety of anyone around.

See the difference below:

Shown above: Side views of three 1/2″ thick panes of each of the three glass grades for comparison. The three dark green pieces in the middle are the standard glass used by most other aquarium manufacturers, the three pieces on the right are the standard glass used by Aqua Vim®, and the three pieces on the left are low-iron Starphire/UltraClear glass, which is clearer, but not as tough as Aqua Vim® glass. We use either Aqua Vim® glass in our pre-made tanks, or UltraClear glass for custom made aquariums upon request. Since it is difficult to bent low-iron UltraClear glass even in a digitally-controlled thermal oven, a tank built using curved UltraClear glass is usually about 3 times more expensive than a tank built using curved Aqua Vim® glass.


What is the difference between glass and acrylic aquariums?

Please see comparisons below:

sighted seams from viewing

scratch concern

transparency and “aging”

forming styles

material cost

manufacturing difficulty

water holding strength



glue on seams is nearly clear but effects view

high, can easily get scratched from algae- cleaning

very clear when new but become foggy over time. Strong lighting, medication or chemical dosing could also make it “yellow” or “fogged”.

highly designable because of plasticity of acrylic nature


not difficult, requires no sophisticated equipment.

strong because its seams are molecular bonds



glue on seams is unclear and severely blocks view

low, less likely to get scratches

less clear than new acrylic but clear enough for viewing pleasure. Tank glass stay clear for life.

less designable due to lack of heavy equipment and technology


difficult, but requires no sophisticated equipment

fair. however its 8 seams depend on careful, highly skilled glue work

May slightly distorted but does not effect use and view


seamless, giving unobstructed view

low, less likely to get scratches

Stay clear life-long. It’s standard tank glass is more clear than most other manufacturer’s,  and it’s custom-made Ultra-clear tank glass is extremely clear

highly designable. Variety of shapes can be formed through Aqua Vim’s glass bending technology



very difficult, and requires large-scale equipment and extensive know-how

strong because of use of thicker glass and because its tanks have only 3 seams compare with 8 of other’s.

Minimum. A few models with sharp-turn curves may slightly distorted but does not effect use and view

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