A fish tank can be a beautiful addition to your home. You can get lost watching your scaly friends swimming around their lush, plant heavy tank or you could have a bright and bold aquarium filled with neon colours (its a perfect talking point for your living room.) If you want to get started in the world of fish tanks then there a few different things you should consider before you make any purchases. Here is some handy tips and hints to get you going.
Cold Water, Tropical or Marine
This should be the first question you ask yourself before you even type fish tanks into google. Different types of fish require a different level of skill. If you are a complete beginner then we suggest starting off your journey with a cold water tank. Cold Water tanks don’t require any heating and are a bit easier and cheaper to start up. Its not all about goldfish though with cold water tanks you can get a variety of different species like Danios and Paradise fish.
Tropical fish tanks are a bit harder to keep. You need to have the water kept at a steady temperature (between 23 to 27 degree celcius) but don’t worry the right tropical tank heater will keep you right. We even found a really handy Zooplus Voucher Code you can use to get a decent deal on a heater or any other accessories you might need.
There are some really beautiful species or fish you can keep in a tropical tank like:
- Red Tail Black Sharks
- Kuhli Loach
- Cherry Barb
- Siamese Fighting Fish
- Fire Mouth Cichilid
- Pearl Gourami
- Cory Catfish
- Sword Tails
but don’t keep them all in the same tank. Some of these fish are quite territorial so its best to check before you buy. Ask your local pet shop if you have any doubts.
Marine fish tanks are for experienced fish keepers. You have to be able to commit a fair amount of time to your marine tank to maintain temperature, salt levels and PH balances etc. I wouldn’t let this put you off though. If you have had a tropical tank for a while then the next logical step would be to make the move onto a marine tank. They really are stunning and you can have everything from live corals to beautiful coloured fish in all different shapes and sizes. Some of our favourites are:
- Neon Goby
- Orchid Dottyback
- Yellow Assessor
- Fang Blennies
The list is endless really. As with tropical fish you need to double check that your species are compatible. Marine tanks are more expensive than their counterparts and you should bare this in mind before making any commitments.
Your local pet shop will be able to advise you how many fish you can keep comfortably in a tank. It goes without saying that the bigger the tank the more fish you can keep but you have to remember that your fish will grow. A fish like a Pleco can grow up to 2 feet long so you should keep one eye on the future when stocking your tank for the first time.
You should preform water changes frequently. Don’t use chlorinated water. This will kill all the healthy bacteria in your tank. If you are going to use “tap” water then purchase a water conditioner from your local pet shop to make sure the water is safe for your tank. If you are using bottled water then we advice you to use “distilled” water as some bottles of water have added minerals and vitamins which can be harmful to your tank.