Here is the continuation of the guide on how to choose an aquarium (Part II). There are plenty of considerations to undertake seeing as this is the habitat of your pet fishes. It is your responsibility as a pet owner to ensure their comfort in their home. Read this guide to find out more.
Size Of Opening
This matters because of many reasons. A bigger opening will enable you to clean your aquarium more efficiently. It also helps for the fish to get as much access to oxygen as possible. These aquatic organisms likewise need oxygen in order to live and function. A larger opening allows better entry of oxygen molecules as they can simply adhere to the surface of the water. A large opening is ideal for an aquarium with more than one fish because it prevents suffocation. You can also add an air stone in order to aerate your aquarium.
Acrylic Or Glass Aquarium
There are two main types of aquariums in the market: glass and acrylic. Each material has their respective functions. A glass aquarium is best for holing a hundred and fifty gallons of water or below. If your tank is going to be larger than that, go for acrylics. Glass is more ideal because they are harder to scratch compared to acrylic tanks. That makes it safe for you to add pebbles and rocks at the bottom to create an artificial seabed. Smaller glass tanks are also cheaper and more abundant.
Do Not Buy In Kits
You might be tempted to just buy a beginner’s kit for pet fish owners but do not go for them. They promise a complete set of essentials but the quality is often compromised in order to allow the sellers to turn a profit. You can expect the lights to stop working after a week or for the air pump to fail. These cheap items are a huge waste of money because you will just end up spending more in order to complete your essential tools. It is better to just buy your items individually. The beginner items you need to sufficiently care for your fishes include the aquarium, a filter, a water heater, some sort of lighting for your fish, an air pump, an aquarium thermometer, a net for cleaning out large debris, and a water conditioner to maintain the quality of the water. Buy these items individually and invest in premium quality ones. Those are smarter choices as you do not need to constantly replace them every few weeks or so.