Have you ever thought about setting up a home aquarium of your own? If you have, there are many factors you need to consider and a number of preparative steps you’ll need to take to ensure the water is filtered properly, regularly maintained and always kept at the same temperature depending on the type of fish you plan to keep. In this article, to help you get started on this project, we will discuss some of the major factors to consider before setting up your aquarium.
Have you given any thought to the size of aquarium you want or the material it should be made from? Aquariums are available in many different sizes, shapes and materials, each with a different price and each serving a particular kind of fish. Larger aquariums, according to experts, are easier to maintain, so if you’re just starting out, an aquarium of 55 gallons or more would probably suit you best.
The filtration system for your new tank is the most vital piece of equipment you’ll ever have to buy with regard to this project. These filters serve not only to keep your tank clean and free of debris, but also as a way of providing your fish with water that resembles their natural habitat. For example, freshwater filters will operate much differently than saltwater filters, largely because these two environments are so vastly different. Check with the pet store owner or another experienced aquarist before taking this very important step.
If goldfish is all you plan to keep in your aquarium, then you won’t need a heater, but for all other types of fish you will. Generally, at least for tropical fish, the water temperature should be constantly maintained between 76 and 83 degrees, while some freshwater fish will need the water much colder. Most fish cannot survive when kept in water that has the improper temperature, so you’ll also need to buy a water thermometer to ensure the correct temperature is always maintained. If you don’t know the proper temperature, check with a pet shop owner.
So you still want to be an aquarium owner? That’s great, but keep in mind that owning tropical or freshwater fish requires much more than simply filling up a tank and dumping them in. Take the time to consistently make certain the filtration system is working properly and the water temperature is optimal and your fish-owning experience will go a whole lot smoother.