When you have found the perfect spot for your aquarium and you have decided how big you want it to be, you now need to decide what shape you want and what sort of lighting you want to display your aquarium. Have you thought what fish tank light you are going to use?
Shopping for a tank isn’t easy. Many big box stores will overcharge you for a tank and you are better off going to a local fish store (LFS) where they often have the tanks priced at or just above cost looking to make up the difference on all the equipment and livestock they’ll sell you down the road. Also be ready for them to try and sell you what you don’t need. Do your homework first!
At the fish store, you’ll find water testing kits. They are easy to use. Be sure and use them to check both the water in your tank and your tap water periodically to check the pH and what chemicals may be in the water. Tap water usually contains chlorine or chloramine. You can dissipate the chlorine easily by letting a bucket of water sit for 24 hours. It will work even better if you can aerate the water with an air stone. Chloramine, however is a combination of chlorine and ammonia. Even using a commercial water conditioner will get rid of the chlorine and leave the ammonia behind. If your aquarium is well-established, the good bacteria that are present will help break down ammonia, though it may take awhile. Watch your fish for signs that they are unhappy.
Also, one of the main reasons that I purchased these lights is to see the different fish and their colors under the blue light. I have to tell you that, these lights do a great job of making certain fish look 10 times prettier than they are in regular fluorescent lighting. Certain rocks and coral look amazing under these lights as well.
The smallest reef safe wrasse kit available is a pico reef. These reef aquariums are smaller than 2.5 gallons. These tank are often too small to have even one fish, so it is only for those who want to keep small coral reefs. They are also very difficult to keep due to the small amount of water. reef safe wrasse require a very specific water chemistry and the size of these tanks means even a tiny mistake can become hazardous for your reef.
The water can also contain other contaminants like iron, heavy metals and phosphates. If you call your local water company, they can provide you with a report on the most current testing of water chemistry.
When you are thinking of lights, consider the exact animals you have chosen. Within the categories we first discussed (freshwater fish, brackish water fish, saltwater fish, reef tanks), there is some variation. For example, if you are keeping shrimp in your saltwater tank, they need a little less light. Corals on the other hand, like animals that grow in shallow reefs, prefer a little more light. Corals especially require actinic light to support the algae on which they feed.
You should always make sure that you have the proper equipment before you start up your aquarium in the first place. Be sure that you do your research and know that you can afford the essential pieces. Salt water aquariums are an interesting hobby, so if you want to make it yours, you do need to do the work necessary to keep it going.
Acrylic fish tanks are a great investment that will long outlive glass tanks while being more functional and decorative. Aquariums are a great addition to any home or business. They have the unique ability to capture the attention of every passerby and allow them a small escape from the hustle and bustle of life. Choose an acrylic aquarium as a lifelong favor to yourself and your fish.