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4 Important Pet Supplies When Setting Up a 10 Gallon Fish Tank

Article by Rose Rykowsky

A 10 gallon fish tank may seem easy to maintain because it is small. That could be true if you have the necessary equipment. On the other hand, it is actually more difficult to maintain a 10 gallon fish tank than a 50 gallon fish tank because of the amount of water. The less the amount of water, the faster the chemical levels in the water can change. However, you can only keep one 10-inch fish, or two 5-inch fish in a 10 gallon fish tank. Yes, as a rule of thumb, there should be a gallon per inch of fish. So if you are looking forward to having tetras, a dwarf puffer fish, or a bettas, then a 10 gallon fish tank is just for you. Here are the pet supplies you are going to need for your new fish tank:

1. Filter System – this is one of the most important equipment you will need for your 10 gallon fish tank. Without a filter system, you will need to replace the water and clean the aquarium if not daily, every other day. A filter system includes a pump and filters. A small filter system that filters about 80 gallons per hour is good enough for a 10 gallon fish tank.

2. Heating System- Different fish species require different ambient temperatures. It is easy to maintain the water temperature of a 10 gallon fish tank with a small heater. You will need an aquarium thermometer so you can easily manage the water temperature. You also have to be aware about where you are going to place the tank. Avoid placing in under direct sunlight because it can drastically change the water around noon. It’s best to find a spot in your house where the temperature stays the same throughout the day.

3. Lighting System – enjoy your fish even at night by having a light system. Plants and fish require light system to live like other animals.

4. Decoration – you pet fish will be living in your aquarium for many years. It’s best to try to create an aquarium that will make your fish feel at home. Some gravel, plants, coral reefs, and other aquarium decoration will make your pet fish feel at home and it possibly help it live longer.

Taking care of fish in a aquarium is very low maintenance if you have all the pet supplies you need. So long as the filters keep the water clean and clear, you will only have to replace the water and clean the aquarium once a week. So be sure you have everything ready before you put your new companion in its new home.

Rose Rykowsky is the owner of www.RosesPetSupplies.com which is a network of online stores focused on serving the busy yet value conscience shopper. We carry a wide variety of high quality fish supplies from the world’s best manufacturers.

How To Setup and Maintain a 10 Gallon Fish Tank

Article by Zach Winsett

A 10 gallon fish tank is one of the most common sizes for an aquarium. They are large enough to hold a wide variety of fish while being small enough to fit in almost any room or setting. With the proper filter a 10 gallon fish tank is fairly low maintenance. That’s not to say it’s maintenance free just easier to take care of than, say, a 50 gallon tank. 10 gallon fish tanks can be used for saltwater or freshwater fish.

And as a rule of thumb the larger the fish the more room it will require, meaning a tank this size will be best suited for smaller fish such as Bettas, Tetras, and other freshwater fish. Some fish, such as Dwarf Puffers and Butterfly fish don’t do well with other fish so be sure to do your research before buying your fish.

One thing to keep in mind when purchasing a tank or even fish: many breeds of fish, such as Goldfish, aren’t actually suitable for a 10 gallon fish tank. Goldfish can grow too large since they are after all a breed of carp. Others, such as Neon Tetras, are too active and generally require more room so use caution when buying these fish for a tank.

Maintenance on a 10 gallon tank is fairly simple. Be sure to get a filtration system designed for the tank size. Too small and you’re not filtering the water enough, too big and it’s just unnecessary. Doing some daily preventative maintenance can go a long way. Take out any food your fish don’t eat immediately, make sure your filter is clean, make sure your water is clear (not cloudy), etc. By watching these things you can catch a problem before it happens. You could also “vacuum” your tank once a week (changing 1/3 of the water at the same time) and be sure to clean the glass once a week and you’ll be able to keep your tank in good condition.

This may seem like a lot of work but it really isn’t. You could have your 10 gallon tank clean in about 45 minutes a week. To lower the maintenance even further you could add snails, crabs, and shrimp to the tank. Many of these have algae based diets and can help keep your tank cleaner, longer.

An aquarium can also be relaxing at the end of the day. The trickling of water and gentle swimming of fish can help relax just about anyone at the end of a stressful day.

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