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Choosing the Right Aquarium Supplies
Build an Exotic Tropical Fish Tank
Are you building an exotic tropical fish tank? Do you think that what your office really needs now is a 200 gallon aquarium to impress everyone who passes the lobby? Or do you just like to maintain a small, tranquil tank in the corner of the room? No matter what you are looking for, choosing the right aquarium supplies is essential to designing tanks that are clean, beautiful, and will last for years.
First Size, Then Lighting
Begin with the size of the tank. Consider the implications to the fish and the location it will be displayed. Will there be enough room for the fish? Do you have enough room in your home or office to store the tank? Some species require much more room than others, and sometimes an aquarium looks great in the store but doesn’t fit in the space available. Large tanks will, of course, require more maintenance and attention as well.
Next is the aquarium lighting. This is very important depending on the type of marine life you have in the tank. It’s about more than making the fish (or corals or invertebrates) visible – it’s about creating an environment they can live in. Incandescent light and florescent lights have different benefits. Be sure to find out which is better for your fish or plant life.
Find the Right Supplies for the Right Tank
Other aquarium supplies that have a direct effect on the health and well being of your fish include: filters, protein skimmers, heaters, wavemakers, and much more. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that aquarium supplies can be purchased and installed half-heartedly. An aquarium that will last requires that all necessary components work together in order function properly. Take the time to find the right supplies for the right tank, and you and your fish will live more comfortably.
Complete Aquarium Systems
When shopping around for a fish tank you should consider checking out complete aquarium systems. Complete systems like the Solana XL 76 gallon aquarium offer everything needed to get up and running. Most complete systems either have built-in filtration or come with a filter. Many of them also come with a heater.
The Solana XL 67 gallon aquarium comes with a built in sump filtration unit that gives superior water filtration. The sump filter helps circulate the water in the tank to promote the overall health of the tank inhabitants and it does an excellent job of keeping the water clean. The filter bag is also very easy to remove and replace. With 76 gallons of space, it offers plenty of options for what types of fish can be kept in it. It is ideal for freshwater or marine fish.
If your budget is smaller, you can consider buying a starter kit from one of the large chain stores like Petsmart or Petco. I personally would choose the Petco starter kits over Petsmart. I think the included filter and heater with the Petco starter kits are better quality. The starter kits are available in 10 gallon, 20 gallon, 29 gallon and 55 gallon. There are also a couple bowfront styles available to choose from. The 29 gallon kit is probably the most popular choice because of the size and price. It's size gives pretty good options for what fish can be kept while not being too big or too expensive.