If you are planning to buy an aquarium, you need to do some research in order to get started with your new hobby. We’ve put together the following list of the top 12 things to consider before you buy new aquarium.
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What size of a fish tank should you buy?
Even though the size of your aquarium should be determined about how many fishes you are going to put in, it is good to keep in mind that that large aquariums can be more useful. In fact, you can manage them more easily. It’s better to choose a 20 gallon or maybe even larger tank. This way you can have a better chance of making it work. That is for example because of larger tanks does not need cleaning and water changes so often. Moreover, it also gives you room to add more fishes later on. Of course, you need to keep in your mind the place where you are going to place it. Make sure that the tank fits on that place!
How many fishes should you get?
It is important to decide how many fishes you are going to get, in order to be able to decide also the size of your aquarium. If you are a beginner it’s better to host few and small sized fishes, in order to be able to care for them better.
As you gain experience you can get more fishes. However, it is still better to buy a bit bigger tank at the beginning to ensure that you have enough room for more fish in the future. Remember, that many species like to live in larger groups.
What kind of light aquarium needs?
If you are going to have a lot of fish and live plants in your new aquarium, you need to think about a proper lighting. This way your aquarium is going to look more attractive and at the same time, you will provide your fish and plants all the vital energy they need.
Keep in mind that the proper lighting also influences the behavior of your fish and it is vital for their overall health. If you buy an aquarium kit, those come usually with proper light. However, you could always buy separate lights. Our recommendation is to use LED lights as those are energy efficient and does not produce so much heat.
What kind of filter your fish tank needs?
You need to decide also what kind of filtration equipment you are going to use for your new fish tank. Again if you are going to buy a kit, then the filter is most likely included. If you need a separate filter, you can choose between the following (there are also combinations of those for sale!):
- Μechanical filtration: the water passes through a mechanical filter and all the particles are strained out.
- Βiological filtration: provides a larger surface for beneficial bacteria to colonize and help to protect bacteria from being disturbed.
- Chemical filtration: removes some dissolved wastes from the water.
Do you need UV sterilizer?
Choose some good UV sterilizers, in order to prevent the formation of algae, viruses, bacteria, fungus and even some parasites. These sterilizers contain ultraviolet rays, that can kill certain harmful organisms.
What chemicals a new aquarium needs?
Think about the quality of the water in your aquarium. In order to be able to maintain the proper balance for the best quality of the water, you have to buy some chemicals. This way you will be able to remove a number of harmful chemicals and chlorine from the water. Moreover, you can also use some test kits, that are necessary, in order to ensure that the quality of water remains at viable levels.
What are the food alternatives?
Choose the right diet for your fishes in your aquarium with all the essential nutrients, as well as the most important amino acids, in order to help them grow in the proper way. Remember, though, that flaked foods lack certain essential nutrients. Keep in mind also that food needs to be digested quickly, so your tank won’t be filled with ammonia.
Where to place the fish tank?
One more of the things you need to consider is where you are going to place your aquarium. It’s better to place it near electrical sockets as you will need those for filter and lights, and possibly for heater etc. Remember also that fishes like a quiet place. So, try to place your fish tank in a dark and quiet corner in a room opposite a window. Exposing aquarium to direct sunlight will also increase algae growth and makes it harder to keep the temperature at the optimal level.
How often fish tank needs to be cleaned?
You need to keep in mind how you are going to clean your aquarium. Although it’s a simple task, you have to need to keep some things in mind when choosing your fish tank. For example, the better care you provide for your tank, the healthier your fish will be and your tank will look nicer. Therefore, it is a good idea to establish a regular maintenance routine for the aquarium.
How to decorate your Aquarium?
A well-decorated aquarium can make your home look more cozy and appealing. Actually, a nice aquarium can be a very nice accent to almost any room in your home or business. However, remember that fish in the tank are living creatures and you need to plant the decoration based on their needs. Try to create exciting living space with live plants and places to hide etc.
Watch the video below about natural fish tank decoration ideas:
What kind of a water pump is the best choice?
There are a number of types and sizes in the market. You need to consider factors like the following; rate, flow, durability, noise lever, and power consumption.
How much would it cost to get started?
A usual start-up cost can range from 200 dollars and up, according to the equipment you have selected. Just remember that marine tanks setups cost more than the freshwater setups. Consider buying aquarium kit as it makes it quite easy to get started with the new exciting hobby!
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