- We encourage our customers to purchase the largest aquarium they
have space for and their budget will allow. The larger water volume
keeps the water chemistry stable and will be less likely to have sudden
changes. This results in less labor and intensive work for the aquarist.
- There are several things to consider when setting up and aquarium.
Try and avoid locating the aquarium in a high traffic area where it
might get bumped or easily contaminated by cleaning products. Avoid
placing the aquarium near a window or other areas that receive direct
sunlight. Besides undesirable algae growth, there may be other problems
that arise, such as temperature fluctuation. Make sure you purchase
a proper stand or have a stable area to place your aquarium (this might
void the tank warranty). You must take into consideration the substantial
weight of an aquarium. (Water weighs approximately 8 pounds per gallon,
and glass tanks weigh significantly more than acrylic tanks!) Never
put rocks, shells, or other objects you find in your garden or on the
beach into your aquarium. They may contain toxic materials that will
be released into your water. Make sure your decorations are safe for
the type of fish you are keeping. For instance, coral can only be used
in aquariums with saltwater fish or African Cichlids.
- The Tank size you need will depend on the type of fish you wish to
keep. A general recommendation is a maximum of an inch of fish per gallon
for freshwater systems and an inch of fish every two gallons for saltwater.
However, your filter will play a big role in deciding how many fish
you will be able to keep. So you can keep a few large fish, or a lot
of small fish.