Congratulations on your decision to purchase an aquarium! You will find that you are in for a very rewarding hobby, one that will surely provide you with hours upon endless hours of fun, relaxation and stress relief.
Everyone knows that fish care is one of the most enjoyable activities around and one that can literally cause all of your worldly cares to drift away. Countless people have already experienced the sheer joy of whiling away hours in front of the aquarium, mesmerized by the endless frolicking of the wonderful sea creatures contained therein. And these hours are by no means wasted, for how can something that can provide such a soul soothing experience be a waste? Indeed, such an activity should be required for every one of us as a means to get a breather from all the endless pressures of modern society!
One of the first major decisions that you will face when first starting up an aquarium is whether you will go with a saltwater tank or a freshwater tank. This decision is quite crucial and the consequences of which will have a great deal to do with the subsequent enjoyment of your aquarium.
A word of caution before you make your final decision though: setting up a saltwater tank can be a good deal more challenging and more involved than setting up a freshwater tank. This is not to say that setting up a saltwater tank is a task that is far too difficult for the average home aquarium purchaser. By no means is it an impossible job and if you approach it with the proper knowledge, equipment and sufficient interest and desire to succeed there is no reason why you will not be able to have a fully functional and successful saltwater tank at home. Nevertheless, be forewarned that you may encounter some difficulties with saltwater tanks that are simply not a part of the freshwater tank process, so if you want to have as easy a time of it as possible or if this is your very first time to engage in such an activity, you may opt for a freshwater tank instead of a saltwater one.
All that being said however, you can be sure that whichever type of aquarium that you go for you are sure to have many hours of enjoyment out of relatively little time and effort invested.
Obviously the type of fish or other marine life that you will be stocking in your aquarium will be dependent on the type of water you have in it. Many people are generally of the opinion that seawater fishes on the whole are a lot more colorful and visually pleasing than their freshwater counterparts. While this is true to some extent, you will certainly have no trouble finding some freshwater specimens that can more than hold their own in the looks department. So whichever type of tank you ultimately decide to go with you can be secure in the knowledge that you will soon be owner of one of the most visually pleasing water displays known to man.