Things to Consider Before Buying an Aquarium

If you are looking forward to buying a fish tank, there are many things that you must understand first. Just like an individual must learn and ensure to take all the responsibilities when he decides to buy a pet dog or cat for himself, a person should also do the same in case of an aquarium. Fishes are sensitive and they tend to be even more when taken out from their respective water bodies. They should be stored in an environment comprising of all the necessary equipment for their survival.

ef04d3b47334cf7edd78b947052cf5a1The foremost decision to make is what type of fish you are planning to pet. The fish stores found in the market and online are home to dozens of fishes for people to select based on their likes. After making a decision on this, the second important category to consider is on the size of fish tank. This solely depends upon the number and type of fish you are willing to buy. Fish tanks Gold Coast is known to come in great varieties and prices when purchased online.

 Many of the stores also sell Aquarium Test Kits Electronic items that can prove helpful for you. You can buy them in bulk at wholesale prices and use them as and when required. Other important items to buy for your fish include:

  1. Bulk Fish Food Pellets
  2. Aquarium Lights and Tubes
  3. Aquarium Fish Medication
  4. Aquarium Air Pumps
  5. Sea Shells, Starfish & Barnacles
  6. Aquarium Silk Plants
  7. UV Sterilizers, Aquarium Chillers and Protein Skimmers

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Recommendations about Buying Aquarium Lights from Aquarium Online Store

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Aquarium lights are of many types and the one you require would basically depend upon the kind you have. Therefore, this factor is crucial and for the same reason, it is important that before buying, you have a fair knowledge that includes the following.

  • All lighting systems generate heat irrespective of purchased from a physical market or an aquarium online store.
  • The principle is quite simple that the more powerful the lighting is, the more heat it would generate.
  • This means that the cooling related requirements would be higher with more powerful lights.
  • The suppliers say that irrespective of everything, your first attempt should be placing the tank in a temperature-controlled room.

Recommendations

For fish-only tanks:

  • This includes Fish, artificial plants, decorative wood and/or ceramics, aquarium ornaments, aquarium filters, etc.
  • The recommended lighting system is standard or a power compact fluorescent system.
  • The systems should be 1 watt per gallon as this much is sufficient to simulate a day-night cycle in a fish-only tank.
  • You can choose the spectrum of bulb, but it should suit your preferences.
  • You should avoid using standard hardware store bulbs.

For Planted Freshwater tanks

  • Freshwater planted tanks basically contain Fish, live plants, decorative wood and/or ceramics, aquarium ornaments, aquarium filters, etc.
  • The recommended lighting system is standard fluorescent, T5 HO, VHO, Power Compact, Metal Halide/HQI.
  • You should go for a standard fluorescent lighting system between 2 and 5 watts per gallon.
  • You should pick only the plants that your lighting system will support.
  • You can get a small cooling fan to efficiently dissipate heat from the fixture.

For Saltwater reef fish tanks

  • Saltwater reef aquariums generally contain Fish, invertebrates, corals.

Therefore, the recommended lighting systems are T5 HO, VHO, Power Compact, and Metal Halide/HQI.

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