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.