Maintaining an aquarium is a great hobby for enthusiasts of any age, and
can also fill your life with vibrant colors, therapeutic subtle movements
and a connection to the natural world. Caring for an aquarium, whether it
is fresh or saltwater, can be challenging and rewarding. Like all projects,
doing basic research and becoming familiar with the subject matter will
greatly increase your chances of success. Before committing to any type of
setup, some things should be taken into consideration.
One of the primary objectives of maintaining an aquarium is to showcase
fish that you find appealing. So, you should first decide which types you
like, then determine what type of water specifications are necessary, as
well as if they can be housed compatibly with other types. Some fish need
specifically sized environments, so the next step should be acquiring the
recommended size aquarium. Other water parameters that need to be
researched are the proper types of filtration, lighting, and necessary
equipment that should be added to your aquarium. Each type of fish requires
personalized diets and maintenance. And most importantly, are you willing
to devote the time, effort and money necessary for this rewarding hobby.
Once you decided on committing to an environment, you should pay attention
to these general rules that apply to a basic aquarium setup.
Generally, the larger the aquarium the better. A filled tank with gravel
and water will weigh at least 10 lbs. per gallon. Be sure that you have a
sturdy and accommodating stand that can support the weight and that it is
in a location where it will not be jostled or improperly handled.
Proper equipment is absolutely necessary. Choose a filtration system that
is appropriate to the type of fish and the water capacity. Purchase a
heater and thermometer to reach and maintain the desirable water
temperature; the heater should provide at least 3 to 5 watts per gallon. If
a lighting apparatus is not included with the hood, one should be purchased
The water should be conditioned and tested prior to the arrival of any
types of organisms.
Decorations are pretty much at the limit of your imagination. Although,
make sure that any live plants are compatible with the water conditions.
Accessories include substrate, live or artificial plants, rocks, and
structures in which they can hide. Before placing any items into the
aquarium, make sure that they are sufficiently rinsed.
Finally, purchase the fish of your choice. Just remember, not to put too
many in at one time and make sure to properly acclimate them prior to
introducing them to the aquarium.