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Supplies needed for Fish Tanks

Fish tanks come in all shapes in sizes, finding the right one comes down to what you want to stock. Looking to hold a couple of goldfish or a large school of tropical fish? A 10 gallon tank is only going to be suitable for a small handful of tropical fish or 1-2 goldfish (possibly only one if full grown), so bare that in mind. Most beginners make the mistake ofr over filling their aquariums which unbalances their environment with too much waste.A 10 gallon aquarium will come in two options, glass or acrylic (plastic). A glass tank can be easily smashed, not recommended if small children have access. Acrylic fish tanks are prone to scratches, which will effect your view over time.Bigger tanks are actually require less upkeep, surprisingly. The thing is with smaller bodies of water, the chemical levels can change dramatically very quickly (PH level, ammonia level).

Acrylic tanks have many advantages over glass tanks, starting with the many shapes you can find them in. But you have to be aware of all the pros and cons of owning an acrylic fish tank. Fish Tank Maintenance

When you finally complete the things you need for your freshwater aquarium and you have finished setting it up, one of the most important thing you will need to do is the tank maintenance. While it can be a tedious process, depending on the size of your tank and the number of fishes you have, it is essential that you do it so that your freshwater fishes will stay healthy. As freshwater aquarium owners, maintenance is an integral part in order to avoid having dilemmas in your fish tank.

Setting Up a Salt Water Tank

As the name implies, a salt water fish tank needs salt to make it a healthy environment for your fish that only survive in salt water. The first thing that you have to do when setting up your aquarium is to check for leaks and then clean it by mixing 1 teaspoon of pure bleach for every 5 gallons of water.Larger tanks are more forgiving because the changes happen over a longer period of time, which means you don’t have to be as strict monitoring.Even simple goldfish can be a trouble to maintain, you would think a fish tank would be a piece of cake compared to some other pets, but this is a misconception. In fact, goldfish are extremely messy compared to other species of fish. They have a tendency to aggressive attack plants and create massive quantities of waste (which will effect the ammonia levels because of decay). It’s vital to have a basic understanding of the nitrogen cycle when you are a aquarium owner.

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Maintenance is key after setting up fish tanks for beginners

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Reef tanks

Article by Rotem Gavish

Reef tanks are usually kept at a temperature between 25 and 27 °C (75-80 ºF).

Reef tanks can be beautiful and exotic and for some a piece of nature.

The primary filtration for reef aquariums usually

comes from the use of large amounts of live rock which come from

various rubble zones around existing reefs.

Researchers are finding that saltwater fish aquariums have therapeutic health benefits.

The tanks are usually constructed from either glass or acrylic. With advances in modern aquariums

it’s recently became possible to have a piece of coral reef at home and enjoy it in the privacy of your

living room without getting wet with saltwater aquarium. A reef aquarium or reef tank is an aquarium

containing live corals and other animals associated with coral reefs. Unlike the marine aquarium,

the main purpose of which is to house various types of fish, the true stars of the reef tank are the

coral and other invertebrates. As the aquariums we maintain contain more and more diverse animal life,

the need for more complete additives becomes more of a necessity, and the make-up of these additives

has to be more geared to the new type of aquariums, in order to satisfy the requirements of all the

animal life we now keep. Water movement is important in the reef aquarium with different types of

coral requiring different flow rates. Building water momentum using a gyre is an efficient method to

increase flow, thus benefiting coral respiration and photosynthesis. Some corals such as the

Mushroom Coral and Coral Polyps require very little light to thrive – conversely, LPS coral such as

Brain coral, Bubble Coral, Elegance Coral, Cup Coral, Torch Coral, and Trumpet Coral require moderate

amounts of light, and Small Polyp Stony Corals (SPS) such as Acropora Coral, Montipora, Porites,

Stylopora and pocillopora require high intensity lighting. Stony corals, which are defined by their

calcerous calcium carbonate skeletons (CaCO3), are the focus of many advanced reef keepers.

These corals require additional attention to water chemistry, especially maintenance of stable and

optimal calcium, carbonate, and pH levels. A reef aquarium requires appropriately intense lighting,

turbulent water movement, and more stable water chemistry than fish-only marine aquaria.

Nano reefs are very commonly sold as complete kits which contain the tank, stand,

power compact T5, T8, PL lamps or Metal Halide lighting, protein skimmer, UV sterilizer, 3 or

more stage filtration, a heater and a water pump or power head. However, many Nano reef

keepers decide to upgrade their aquariums with better quality equipment such as a more powerful

protein skimmer or lighting. These tiny tanks require even more diligence with regard to water

changes and attention to water chemistry because the small water volume provides little room for error.

Care must be exercised when stocking these tiny tanks because too many inhabitants can easily

overload the tank’s ability to process wastes effectively.

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Rotem Gavish is a fish expert. Dedicating his life to this beautiful hobby, his expertise is in all related to aquarium world such as fish, plants and invertebrates. Rotem established his site with the vision of sharing tips and free information.










Salt Water Tanks: Steps To Balancing

Article by Jennifer Roberts

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Aquarium lighting for reef tanks

Article by Peter Cunningham

A topic that is not discussed very often is aquarium lighting for reef tanks. Although this topic is not discussed very much it is very important within a salt water reef tank.

After water quality the next most important thing is aquarium lighting for reef tanks, followed closely by water movement.

Water quality gives the tank stability as well as providing the corals with the essential elements. Aquarium lighting provides the corals with energy which they then use to grow. Water movement allows nutrients to be delivered to the corals for them to feed upon, as well as washing away waste. Water movement is also essential when natural filtration is used in the reef tank.

Inside all corals are millions upon millions of what is called symbiotic algae. The only exceptions are those corals which are classified as non-photosynthetic. These obtain their energy from feeding rather than from light itself. Photosynthetic corals obtain their primary source of energy from light and then also actively feed to obtain more energy. The symbiotic algae within the corals obtain energy from the light and then pass this energy on to the coral itself – a match made in heaven!

Different corals have different lighting requirements. For example, short polyp stony corals require much more intense lighting than soft corals do.

When choosing aquarium lighting for reef tanks you need to check two things in your reef tank. The first is the corals themselves, so that you can ascertain their requirements, and the other is the depth of the aquarium itself. Checking the depth is important as light can only penetrate so far into water before the colour is removed. It is amazing how quickly water can remove colour from light.

The depth of your aquarium as well as the corals you keep will determine which type of lighting you require. For example, if you keep soft corals then you could possibly just use fluorescent tubes. However, if you keep short polyp stony corals then metal halide lighting will be required. The depth needs to be checked because if you have a deep aquarium then the colour might not penetrate to the bottom of the aquarium. Water has the ability to be able to strip out colour at an amazing rate, therefore if you have a deep aquarium you will need lighting of enough power to be able to push the light to the bottom of the aquarium.

Another component of aquarium lighting for reef tanks which needs to be considered is that of Kelvin. Kelvin is the colour output and the higher the rating in the Kelvin scale the bluer the light will be. At the other end of the scale the lower the rating the more yellow/red it will be. Normally in a reef aquarium a Kelvin rating of 10,000K to 13,000K is utilised. This is a white/blue colour which replicates life on the reef at a depth of about 30m.

When placing corals into your reef aquarium you will need to first check what their lighting requirements are and then place them at the bottom of the reef tank and slowly move them up over time until they are in their final position.

Peter Cunningham and John Cunningham combined have been keeping salt water aquarium’s for nearly 35 years. Their website Salt Water Aquarium provides a wealth of resources for learning how to start and maintain salt water aquariums.










Shopping for Freshwater or Saltwater Fish Tanks

Article by Darren Pace

A fish tank is one of the most important equipment in setting up an aquarium. This is basically where you put everything – from your fishes down to all the other necessary accessories and decor. If you are planning to set up an aquarium, know that there are certain qualities that you need to meet as well. Listed below are the best qualities and features that you should look for in freshwater or saltwater fish tanks.

Material

Fish tanks are made up of various kinds of materials but the best picks are the acrylic and the glass fish tanks. Acrylic is a very lightweight material, which makes it very easy to move around and clean. It also offers a cleaner and less distorted view of what is inside the aquarium compared to glass. The only down side to an acrylic saltwater aquarium is that it can easily be scratched. Glass on the other hand is less prone to scratches but can be heavier than acrylic tanks.

The size

There really is no recommended size for a good freshwater or salt water fish tanks. The only rule here is to pick a size that your space can accommodate and of course, those that can fit your fishes comfortably inside. There should be one inch of fish per gallon of water in the tank. Also take into account the size of your fish. Thicker bodied fishes may require more area compared to the thinner ones. Aside from that, salt water fishes may require a larger room compared to the freshwater species. The recommended water volume for a saltwater aquarium is a minimum of 40 gallons of water unless you want to stay with the smaller variety of salt water fish which are also very satisfying. The smaller tanks are much more affordable for a beginner hobbyist

The shape

Just like the size, the aquarium shape can also affect the number of fishes you can put inside your freshwater or saltwater fish tanks. The most important thing you need to remember here is that the more surface area you have, the more oxygen should be introduced into the water. Larger oxygen concentration can support higher populations of fish in the tank. If you are looking to put jellyfish into your tank, they need a circular shape to help create the water flow needed to help them move. So you knowing what fish you eventually want to have will help you in your tank selection.

Good filtration and lighting system.

Of course, good freshwater and saltwater fish tanks should possess both a good filtration and lighting system. This is essential of you want to keep your pets alive and healthy for the longest time.

Aquarium kits

There are now such things as an aquarium kit sold in pet shops. These kits include the tank, the filtration pump and even the lighting system. Aquarium kits are mostly available in small to medium sized tanks. If you wish to buy a larger piece, then you might need to purchase the filter and the lighting system separately.

Bear in mind that aside from the fish tank, there are many other requirements that you need to meet in order to maintain a healthy aquarium – and these requirements can vary, whether you are setting up freshwater or a saltwater fish tanks. But you can make keeping a fish tank easy by using distilled water, live sand and then when you add your choice of fish, make sure you add some cleaner fish like crabs and snails to do the work of cleaning for you.

Remember, freshwater and salt water aquariums can come in many different sizes, shapes and features. So if you want to pick the right product, invest in a little more time to look for them in different stores. Never buy out of impulse and choose well. Think of it as an investment, one that you will be happy with. Purchase one that you will not feel you have to upgrade in the future. However, one possibility is to get a tank that you know will become a quarantine tank and then in the future get the tank you really want. Most people however get the tank they want and then as they get more into the hobby add a quarantine tank.

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Choosing the Best Aquariums and Animal Tanks

Article by Coral Aquarium Ltd

Marine Aquariums and animal tanks come in all shapes and sizes but depending on your species of fish or animal you may benefit from a certain tank. With a range of marine aquariums on the market it can be difficult to know how to choose the right one for your needs so there are a few things to bear in mind when purchasing a tank or aquarium.Shape – If you are just starting out then it is tricky to know what shape to go for. With a choice of cylindrical, hexagonal and rectangular designs in can be a daunting experience finding the best one for you. When in doubt follow the experts; most aquarium enthusiasts purchase rectangular tanks that have a large surface area and provide the best view of fish inside. This also gives your fish ample room for a lengthy swim.Size – The size of you marine aquariums will depend on the amount of creatures you are planning to put in them. Fish like lots of room so the bigger the better, but be sure to measure the space you plan to put it before you bring it home to ensure you have sufficient room for it. Your tank will need to be a power socket so ensure it is able to fit in the correct location. The space that animals require may depend on their species so always check with a vet or experienced aquarium specialist to ensure you are meeting your animal or fish’s needs.Cabinets – The best way to display your aquarium or animal tank is in a custom built cabinet. Once filled with water, an aquarium can become incredibly heavy so it helps to choose an aquarium cabinet that is designed to support the weight.If you are looking for high-quality, bespoke marine aquariums; you can find a range of handmade cabinets and tanks to suit your needs at Coral Aquarium Ltd. They are experienced manufacturers of purpose built marine and animal cabinets to display your beloved pets. To find out more visit the Coral Aquarium Ltd website.

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