How to Build an Impressive Aquarium for Your Home

An aquarium can be an excellent addition to any room, enhancing its decor and beauty.

In addition, the aquarium is a great hobby, providing beautiful entertainment and a relaxing atmosphere. Aquariums, however, require some thought, planning and careful work.

Here are the factors you need to consider setting up an interesting aquarium in your home.

AQUARIUM MAINTENANCE 

As much as aquariums have been shown to reduce stress, you should note that they can cause a certain amount of stress, especially when it comes to maintenance and maintenance.

Performing periodic changes in water, driving the tank, vacuuming the gravel, managing the filtration system and feeding the fish can all be mentally taxing and time-consuming activities.

However, if your schedule is too tight and the maintenance work is too overwhelming, you can hire an aquarium maintenance company and enjoy serenity.

SALTWATER OR FRESHWATER TANKS 

If you are a novice aquarist, you can start with a freshwater tank. This is because they’re easier to maintain.

Saltwater is very exotic. The main drawback is that they have a higher price tag than freshwater fish.

In addition, saltwater fish pose unique challenges. For example, they may refuse to feed in the first few days after they have been introduced into the aquarium.

Saltwater tanks also tend to be more demanding in terms of maintenance.

On the other hand, after the nitrogen cycle has been established, the saltwater tanks maintain a better water quality than the freshwater tanks. This can be attributed to the living rock in the saltwater tanks.

AQUARIUM SETUP COSTS

Depending on the type of fish you intend to purchase and the size of the tank, an aquarium can be purchased from $50 to a few thousand.

Aside from the tank itself, an air pump, a filter, food, lights and pH ammonia will be needed. Considering all the factors involved, freshwater aquariums are cheaper than saltwater aquariums.

 

COMMON MISTAKES 

– Insufficient water amount:  whether you are installing a small aquarium or even a mini aquarium for a single fish, the tank should have at least one gallon of water.

We recommend the 20-gallon Aqueon Aquarium Fish Tank Kit to start with your new fish.

– Chlorinated water: When tap water is introduced into a freshwater aquarium, it is important to use a de-chlorinator to remove chlorine.

This should be done during the initial setup, as well as other periodic changes to the water to be made later.

– Aquarium placement: Your water temperature in the aquarium should be the same as that experienced by the fish in its natural habitat. Having said that, maintain a temperature range of about 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Ensure that the aquarium is a safe distance from the windows, as sunlight may cause the growth of green algae in the tank.

– Inadequate filtration: You should ensure that the aquarium filter is capable of filtering the tank at least twice an hour. It is always advisable to invest in a large filter, even if the filtering process is over.

– Failing to test the water: The nitrogen cycles in fish tanks tend to be quite confusing. If you want to set up a successful aquarium, you should test the levels of nitrogen, pH and ammonia as much as possible. Make sure all of these levels have remained stable over the past week, before you put your fish inside the tank.

– Too many Fish: One of the most common mistakes made by novice aquarists is the introduction of too many fish in the early stages of setting up a home aquarium. The best option would be to add at least three fish at a time. This will allow the fish to get used to the new surroundings and to each other.

THE RIGHT FISH 

You’re supposed to stay away from aggressive water fish like devils, oscars, and cichlids. Neon tetras, red-eyed tetras, and danio zebras are all good options in the initial setup.

You can go with tangs, clownfish, angelfish, buffers, and arowanas if you choose saltwater fish in your aquarium. They’re great choices that are easier to make.

Puffers are extremely fun aquarium fish, because they are able to recognize their owners and have a charming personality.

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