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Choosing the Right Aquarium Supplies

Updated on February 21, 2011

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.

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      Web Gazelle 8 years ago from USA

      Starter kits are the easiest way to get started because they usually come with everything you need accept decorations. For your first aquarium I recommend getting a tough and hardy fish that is easy to care for. Many live bearers like guppies and platys are popular choices. Zebra Danios are also a popular choice.

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      Linda Myshrall 8 years ago

      Hi Web Gazelle, I've kept fish in bowls for years with lots of success, but I feel I'd like to try a tank. After reading your hub, I'm nervous about getting the wrong stuff. I should probably buy one of those package set-ups, right? Then ask the store staff about how many fish and what kind would work well in it?

      ps. nice hub by the way!

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      Web Gazelle 8 years ago from USA

      I don't know a whole lot about the AquaRound tank. It looks cool, but the biOrb tanks are good quality. When getting a tank you need to consider how much space you have and what you can budget. The bigger tank you can get the more fish you will be able to keep and the larger fish you will be able to keep. Do you have an idea of waht kind of fish you want to keep in your tank? I just added a great deal on a nice aquarium starter kit with the Eclipse System 12.

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      tdarby 8 years ago

      Thanks WebGazelle--great info as always. I am digging the Midwest Tropical AquaRound--is that the route you would go for a smallish starter tank? Let me know