How To Create A Successful Aquarium
Setting up an aquarium for the first time can be a daunting task. Research is key to deciding which aquarium products are necessary for the health of the fish. Other considerations to take into account are the type of fish you intend to keep, how much space is required, and last but not least, your budget. Follow our suggestions below to create your first aquarium.
Choosing Your Aquarium
The aquarium itself is the most significant purchase, and you should try and buy the largest you can afford to allow more surface area and swimming space. The size of your room is always a consideration, but smaller aquariums can be found, holding as little as seven litres of water. A stand is essential, particularly if you have a glass tank as they are much more substantial than acrylic models. You may need to buy the hood separately. It should cover the aquarium tightly to prevent the fish from escaping, and it will help to reduce evaporation.
The Essential Kit
Other essential aquarium products include lighting, filtration and heat, all necessary to protect the health of your fish. The light may be included with the lid or may be purchased separately. There are different options including fluorescent, halogen and incandescent. As a beginner, the most straightforward choice is to use fluorescent bulbs as they are cooler and cheaper to run. The filtration system is essential, and the filter must be the appropriate size for the tank. The system should ideally have a flow rate that allows it to filter the water four times per hour. A heater will be necessary to maintain a temperature of approximately 77°F. A submersible model will have a numerical setting that is easy to read.
Extras To Consider
The rest of the kit you will need is the smaller items but will keep your fish healthier and happier. Thermometers are relatively inexpensive. Substrate is the material used on the bottom of the aquarium and helps the filtration process and has a positive effect on the water chemistry. You will also need a good quality, medium sized net for catching the fish.
Leave It To The Professionals
If all this seems a bit too much, why not leave it to the experts? We can arrange professional fish tank installation and an ongoing maintenance service. Please contact us for more details.