If you are interested in buying an aquarium and keeping several varieties of fish as pets, there are several things you should know before you start looking. Some factors to keep in mind are type of fish, number of fish, and what type of decor would you like. Buying an aquarium can end up costing a great deal of money but if you shop smart you can get a nice aquarium for a good price.
If you haven’t owned an aquarium before, you might think it would be best to start off small. In truth you are establishing an ecosystem, so buying a small tank and only a few fish, is actually harder than going a bit bigger. In order for your aquarium to survive, you need the correct pH balance and also some live plants. Think in terms of twenty gallons as a starting size. This will give your fish room to swim and not feel trapped in a tiny space. It will give you more to look at and enjoy as well.
When choosing the fish it will have to be decided whether you want salt or fresh water fish. The tropical fish are fresh water fish. They both cannot be kept together. You can start with a few fish, say four or five. You can always increase the number when you desire.
When trying to decide which fish to buy you should ask the advice of an employee at the pet store or do some research on the Internet. Some fish do not typically get along and you may find some of your fish eaten by others in the aquarium if you don’t ensure they are compatible.
The next step is determining what you would like to go into the tank for decorations. Anything from the pet store is fine; it’s really up to your own taste. However, you should never put anything you have found at the beach into the aquarium, especially gravel. The gravel you buy at a pet store is not the same gravel you find at the beach or in nature. You can jeopardize the integrity of your aquarium’s balance by adding objects which haven’t been treated for an aquarium.
Okay, you have your fish and you have your tank. Now you need to add water. Tap water has to be treated before you can put your fish into it. Most of our drinking water contains chlorine and is harmful to fish and plants. You will need to remove it before you add it to your aquarium.
The fish is very sensitive to the water temperature in the aquarium. Any incorrect temperature can be fatal for the fish. Use a thermometer to ensure that the temperature is not too hot or too cold. It is recommended to maintain the water temperature between 70 and 80 degree Fahrenheit.
The next thing to be considered is the food for the fish. Most fish are not fussy about the food they are given, fish flakes and pellets are both fine with the fish. Recommendation for any special food can be ascertained from the pet store.
Establishing and maintaining an aquarium can bring you special rewards. Too many people think you just buy a tank, add some water, and toss in a few goldfish. A true aquarium is much more than that, so enjoy your new project.