Tropical Fish Aquariums: the Best ways to purchase one.
The first decision you must make when you buy an aquarium is
whether you plan to keep freshwater fish or saltwater fish.
It’s up to you whether you want to keep
freshwater, but if this is your first aquarium, then I suggest
you start with a freshwater aquarium.
Here’s why: Saltwater tanks are more expensive and more
complex. You have extra things to worry about such as the
salinity of the water, water conditioning, and temperature.
Because of this, freshwater fish are much easier to care for if
you’re new to keeping tropical fish.
Here’s a few other things to keep in mind when buying an
When you’re deciding on a location for your aquarium, remember
that it can’t be placed in direct sunlight, or anywhere else
that could result in changes in temperature.
Also remember that your aquarium, when filled with water, can
be very heavy. As an example, a filled 20-gallon glass tank
will weight about 225 pounds. Bear this in mind when you choose
on a location for your aquarium…as it will be impossible to move
You will need a level floor for your aquarium, as this will
reduce stress on the tank and reduce the chance of any cracks
forming over time due to the floor being uneven.
Make sure your new tank is located near an electrical outlet so
you can plug in the heaters, lights and pumps.
You’ll need to have easy access to your tank so you can use the
heater controls and air valves. You also need to have room for a
net, and room to move decorations around.
When you’re choosing the shape of your aquarium choose short,
longer shapes over tall, thinner shapes. This way there will be
more surface area at the top of the water, which is much better
for your fish.
It is best to choose an aquarium over 10 gallons. Why? Because
it’s just easier to take care of a fish in a larger tank than a
smaller one. Whatever aquarium you choose, it is going to, over
time, have a build up of waste material. In a large tank these
toxic materials have more room to be dispersed. This means the
water stays cleaner for longer, and will require less cleaning
than a smaller tank.
Aquariums can be made from glass or acrylic. Both have there
pros and cons, but I recommend beginners to start with a glass
aquarium. Why? Firstly, they cost less, secondly, they don’t
scratch so easily, and thirdly, they only need to be supported
by the edges.
As you can see, you need to put some time and consideration
into where you choose to place your aquarium. All these things
will play a part in which aquarium you choose to buy.
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