Aquarist's Point of View

Nov 17, 2010 at 08:50 o\clock

Aquarium Facts: Things to Consider on Setting up Aquarium

saltwater fish Fresh Water Fish

Salt or Fresh: This is the Question.

Saltwater fish tanks can very expensive to put together and keep. The marine life will cost more and so are vulnerable. Also, they are more difficult to locate. When you turn into an expert hobbyist, saltwater can be quite a fulfilling journey. As a newbies, fresh water is recommended. The rest of this post is in accordance with organizing a freshwater tank.

Empty Aquarium Tank

The tank,  The tank. The tank!

Fish tank dimension is significant. To begin with, you should consider how much space you have got at your place or even your office. A good size is 15 gallons or more. There are actually small aquariums compared to this and are generally ideal, considering you don't overcrowd your fish tank. A lot of the fish you find inside the pet store are at an early age and has not attained mature size though. For instance, tetras will stay small but angelfish will develop big. African cichlids develop more slowly but grow big eventually.

These days, you have an option between acrylic or glass aquariums. Acrylic fish tanks weigh less than glass but needed to be entirely reinforced underneath the platform. Aside from that, acrylic scratches easily, but one can find products accessible to help conceal the marks. Make sure you own a stand adequate to fit the body weight. To illustrate, a 20-gallon fish tank weighs 225 pounds when full of water.

You should not put the aquarium on immediate sunlight or perhaps a spot where you can find drafts. Plan in advance the area where you can place the aquarium. You may not want to transfer the tank filled with water. It is not only quite heavy but the movement of the water will strain the seams on the tank.

Light

Do you want a light and cover on your fish tank?

You need the light source when you have live plants and when you desire to enjoy the oozing radiant of life about your fishes. When you have fish jumpers, a canopy is a must. There’s a choice between fluorescent or incandescent lighting. Fluorescent lamps can be more expensive to get but help to reveal the real colors and pigmentation of your fish. Incandescent lightings are less costly but they are a little bit dimmer and you'll require a grow light for live plants. Incandescent light fixtures can warm up the tank and are more expensive to operate and less energy-efficient. Fluorescent lights, however,  are cooler around the tank and turn up to be less expensive in the long run.