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The Beginner’s Guide to Aquarium Building and Care

Aquariums are beautiful and add a punch of pizzazz to any room they’re in. There’s just something so magical about having these exotic creatures take up space in your home. If you’re considering adding a fish tank to your space, there are some things you should know first.

Keep reading to learn all you need to know before you start aquarium building.

Understand the Science Behind Fish and Coral Keeping

Aquarium care is not as easy as it might at first seem. Coral and fish are complex creatures that require an advanced level of care. Before you start gathering your supplies, you need to research how to keep a healthy aquarium.

Coral reefs, for example, are some of the most complex ecosystems on the planet. Recreating this ecosystem at home in a reef aquarium requires a lot of patience and know-how. You’ll need both live phytoplankton and bacterioplankton to promote pure water and nutrient cycling.

Do a lot of research on how to use phyto and pods for your reef aquarium beforehand.

Be Prepared to Spend Money

Aquariums and fish keeping is not a cheap endeavor. You might see the price on an aquarium at your local pet store and think that’s all you’ll need to get started. The truth is that you’ll need to spend quite a bit upfront to start your collection.

The total cost of your set-up will depend on a few factors. Your aquarium itself will be the biggest investment with the price ranging drastically according to size and material. You should be prepared to spend between $750 and $7000.

Freshwater tanks will be less expensive to buy and operate. They often need less maintenance and you’ll find fish for more affordable prices.

You’ll also need to invest in a proper lighting and temperature setup for your tank. The right temperature and light system will encourage a healthy and natural environment for your fish. Lighting is an ongoing expense for aquarium owners as the bulbs will need replacing when they die.

Filters are another must-have for your tank. They work by filtering out waste and boosting water flow. The filters will need to be replaced every month so that’s another ongoing expense.

Your tank needs aquarium gravel. Substrate boosts biological filtration for your tank. With proper maintenance techniques, you shouldn’t ever need to change your gravel.

Choose Your Tank Size

The tank size is one of the biggest decisions new aquarium owners must make.

We recommend beginners avoid any tank under 10 gallons. Smaller tanks are harder to manage as toxins will build up faster. Changes in temperature and water chemistry also happen easier in smaller volumes of water.

You should also consider the weight your tank will be when it’s all put together. Any aquarium that’s bigger than 15 gallons will weigh more than 200 pounds when filled. Once you’re getting into these bigger size ranges, your tank should be on its own stand and not on a shelf or desk.

We recommend considering how many fish you’d like to keep. The number of fish and their personal needs will determine how big of a tank you’ll need. We recommend keeping species that are easy for beginners.

Aquarium Building Made Easy

You don’t need to reinvent the wheel while aquarium building. With a bit of research and the funds for an initial investment, you will be happy fish or coral reef owner in no time.

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