Aquarium Equipment to Help You Set Up a New Tank
A beautiful, large aquarium exerts a strong presence in the room it’s in. If it’s set up well it creates a tranquil atmosphere of peace and harmony. It arrests attention and can even elicit admiration from guests. I’m going to briefly touch on the kinds of aquariums and point out some of the aquarium equipment over at Amazon.com (United States).
Types of Aquariums
Fresh Water Tanks
Fresh water tanks are the easiest to set up. If you think fresh water fish are dull and boring compared to their marine counterparts you’ll be pleasantly surprised if you do a little homework. Electric Blues, Siamese Fighting Fish, Green Texas Ciclids and Fancy Guppies are just some of the colorful and dazzling tropical fish available in the hobby.
You will need to choose between a tropical aquarium or a cold water aquarium. Tropical tanks allow you to have a wide variety of colorful fish.
Planted Fresh Water Tanks
These aquascaped tanks have a lot of fresh water plants in them as well as fish. They are stunning to look at but require a lot more care as well as more advanced skills. It’s best to settle for small fish as large fish may not only eat the plants but destroy what you worked so hard to build. This kind of tank setup also adds to the power bill as it needs several hours of light a day.
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Reef tanks are stunning but you want to be well read and prepared for this endeavor. Keeping such a tank requires more expensive and complex equipment. Where I live it’s not that expensive to set up a simple marine tank with dead coral, live coral and some fish. Large stunning reef tanks though can cost a great deal of money.
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Terrarium River Tank
These are often overlooked. You’ve probably seen them at a zoo. Lots of land plants inside the tank, rocks, soil and water. Part of the tank has water with fish swimming in it and part of it is dry and above the water. The glass at the front is much lower that the sides and back of the tank to facilitate better viewing. Ideal for small turtles and fish.
Community tanks have several non-aggressive kinds of fish living together. Be sure to ask at the aquarium store if the fish you want to buy are suitable for a community tank. An aggressive fish that constantly attacks other fish is an eye sore.
Specimen tanks house one fish or kind of fish. I have two specimen tanks at home. A Green Texas Ciclid inhabits one of them. It’s very aggressive and will not even tolerate other fish of it’s kind. Another tank has five Electric Blues (haps). The gold glass beads on the bottom of the tank and some brown wood makes for an eye-catching tank.
This is where you simulate the kind of environment the fish would naturally live in the wild. So if it’s African Ciclids from Lake Malawi you’ve got your heart set on then you’ll want large smooth stones, wood and plants in the tank arranged in such a way that it looks natural.
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That should give you some food for thought about what kind of tank you’re going for.
Below I highlight some of the aquarium equipment on Amazon (United States) where I’m an affiliate.