Although you might be attracted to a particular style of aquarium, you’re better off taking the time to think about the kind of tank that works best with your lifestyle.
Make Sure You Have the Space
You’ll want to make sure that your living space can accommodate the size of the aquarium that you’re interested in. And you’ll also want to make sure that the area in which you place the aquarium won’t obstruct the natural traffic patterns in your home. Otherwise you might be headed in for one nasty accident.
Beginning aquarium fans may have immediate success by starting with a 10-gallon tank. This modest size will give you easy access to problems and grant you quick access to their solutions – much more quickly than a large sized aquarium would. You can always upgrade to something larger later on once you get the hang of proper aquarium maintenance.
Rectangular Aquariums Are Easier To Maintain
You’re bound to find aquariums in all kinds of shapes ranging from octagons and hexagons – rectangles, squares, and cubes. All the shapes that aren’t the basic rectangle are appropriate for experienced aquarium users who have developed a skill for cleaning unusual corners and angles. For the beginner however, the rectangular aquarium offers a good starting ground.
Choose Your Tank Material
Aquariums can be made with plate glass or Plexiglas. The only significant difference between the two is that plate glass is heavier (yet easy to replace), and Plexiglas can scratch. This selection of one over another is purely aesthetic.
Starter Kits Are Available
Start up kits are a handy convenience offered to beginning fish hobbyists, and they usually contain everything your aquarium could ever need: aquarium stand, hood, lighting, filtering system, thermometer, gravel, hydrometer, etc. The only thing missing from these kits are water and fish!
Determine What Kind Of Aquarium This Will Be
There are two basic types of aquarium: saltwater and freshwater. A saltwater aquarium contains water-life and elements found in oceans while a freshwater aquarium contains the same from places like rivers, lakes, and ponds. You might hear both of these types of tanks called by other names. But a marine tank or seawater tank is still a saltwater aquarium and a river tank or pond tank is still a freshwater aquarium. It’s the contents of an aquarium that specifies what type it is – and that’s for a very good reason!
Under no circumstance, should life (including plants) from one type of water be mixed with the other. Swapping creatures from one environment could be deadly and extreme care should be taken to ensure 100% compatibility within a single tank.