aquariums are attractive because of their unique properties; clarity,
strength, and versatility. However, they do require special care during
ALWAYS use a solid surface to support your acrylic aquarium. Use of a
perimeter support stand will lead to sagging and undue pressure on the
seams. Use of a perimeter stand will void your Tenecor Warranty.
- DO NOT use any product
which contains AMMONIA, ALCOHOL, or ABRASIVES, such as Windex, Comet,
Ajax, or other commercial cleaners when cleaning an acrylic aquarium.
Use of such cleaners will cause the acrylic to permanently lose it's
clarity. A soft cloth and water, or a polish made specifically for
acrylic, should be used for cleaning.
- expose acrylic to paints, varnishes, turpentine, or their fumes.
Exposure to these chemicals will cause crazing and loss of clarity.
For regular maintenance we
recommends cleaners that are specifically designed for acrylic, such as
Novus® and Plexus®. Many other cleaners contain chemicals which will
penetrate the pores in acrylic and cause damage which shows as fine
lines or haziness. Plexus® aids in the removal of fine scratches and
abrasions and will actually help protect the acrylic from accidental
exposure to harmful chemicals.
- On occasions when a
complete cleaning is required, such as a change from saltwater to
freshwater or after prolonged storage, the use of chlorine bleach can be
very effective. A half gallon of bleach mixed with 20 gallons of water
or more is great for sterilization and is perfectly safe for acrylic.
Acrylic should always be cleaned with a good quality soft cloth. Special
polishing clothes are available from Tenecor and are the best guarantee
of a lasting finish. As a substitute, a soft cotton cloth or high grade
paper towel can be used occasionally. DO NOT use commercial grade
paper towels or newsprint. DO
NOT - use coarse sponges or
pads to clean acrylic aquariums. If you do use a sponge or pad, make
sure it's designed for use with acrylic aquariums.
Removing Algae and Diatoms - Some aquarium growths, such as calcareous algae and diatoms, are very hard and can be difficult to remove with standard cleaning pads. Simply use a plastic card such as a credit card, drivers license, or plastic putty knife to scrape growths from the acrylic. Using the edge will transfer more pressure to the growth, reducing the work, and because the card is still relatively soft it won't damage the acrylic. Several scrapers designed specifically for use with acrylic aquariums are now commercially available.
Manuals - Setup Instructions are available SOON online for our most popular products. Click on the setup link for more information