How to choose the right fish tank
Choosing the right fish tank for both your fish and to suit your home and lifestyle can be quite a difficult process.
Fish can make brilliant pets; and some are very low maintenance as well, however some will require more time and attention due to their tropical natures.
The first step to deciding what fish tank is right for you is knowing what fish you want to put in it and what they require to live happily and healthily. Standard gold fish are cold water fish, you can keep them in the most basic of fish tanks, and even large glass bowls.
The only problem with using the glass bowl style of fish tank is that it has no filter – this is fine if you are a dedicated gold fish owner but you will need to fully empty the bowl every week without fail and wash all the stones and tank ‘furniture’ to prevent your fish from swimming around in dirt.
The next step up from this tank is a small, basic Perspex tank which comes with a built-in light and a filter which you must change once every few months. This type of fish tank is suitable for all cold water fish and very tiny semi-tropical ones.
The best thing about this tank is that the replaceable filter means you only need to do a full tank clean once a month; although it is recommended that you put some fresh water in every couple of weeks to keep your fish tank and your fish in ship-shape.
If you’ve got your heart set on finding Nemo every time you walk into your front room, you will need a better tank than those listed above. Tropical fish have specific climate requirements as a reptile would and you must make sure you provide this for them otherwise your fish will become miserable and may die soon after you bring them home.
Tropical fish tanks tend not only to be larger by nature but also more expensive – these are reserved for the hardcore fish owners as warm-water fish have to have their water temperature regulated and the right amount of light on them at all times. This is to recreate their natural climate of warm tropical waters where they get plenty of heat and natural sunshine.
You wouldn’t want to be submerged in freezing cold water all day and neither will your tropical fish; to make sure you are buying the best fish tank available for your fish it is best to ask at the shop for a recommendation.
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