This page begins a discussion
of Tropical Fish tanks and tropical
fish tank equipment with information
about aquariums, aquarium stands, aquarium
covers, heaters, and thermometers.
The picture to the
left shows my Tropical Fish
tank with a hood on top
that contains a light and
a power filter with a BIO-Wheel.
This Tropical Fish tank
sits on a professionally
made aquarium stand. This
fish tank is called a 30-gallon
tall-aquarium, and the combination
of the aquarium, the hood,
and the stand makes a beautiful
piece of furniture in my
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A Tropical Fish tank is actually easier to care for than
a fish bowl.
Here are some recommendations about choosing an
Aquariums are made
of glass or acrylic plastic. Both materials are
acceptable. Glass aquarium are usually rectangular
or hexagonal with straight sides. Acrylic aquariums
cost more than glass aquarium but are available
in more shapes.
are less likely to crack or break but can scratch.
The scratches can be removed with special rubbing
compounds, that may be toxic to fish. So extra precautions
must be taken not to expose the fish to these compounds
or any other toxic compounds.
here to listen to a Special Pet Fish Talk show about how to Start Your First Aquarium. This is a must for new aquarists.
Common Sizes for Aquariums
are from 5 gallons
to 50-gallons. Aquariums smaller than 5 gallons
end up costing about the same amount as 5-gallon
aquariums, so 5 gallons is the smallest size aquarium
The 5-gallon and
12-gallon AquaTech Galaxy Aquariums are good for
fish because they have built-in filters with BIO-Wheels.
Another good choice
is a 10-gallon glass aquarium with an Eclipse Filtration
and Illumination System sold in many stores, or
you can get an AquaTech 20-40 filter and add a BIO-Wheel.
here for more information about BIO-Wheel filters.
You must have a filter
not just an air stone or bubble-wand. An undergravel filter is not recommended. Click
to read more about aquarium filters.
2. Aquarium Stands
It is very important to realize that a fish tank
full of water is heavy and should have a proper
stand. Most aquariums come with a warranty against
leaking and cracking. But the warranty may be void,
if the aquarium is not placed on an aquarium stand
that is specifically manufactured for that size
stands are available in both wood and steel. Be
sure the stand accurately fits the aquarium.
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3. Aquarium Hoods
Fish can jump out of an aquarium and land on the
floor. Fish are more likely to jump, after they've
been put in a new aquarium, especially if the new
aquarium is smaller or the fish previously lived
with a larger group of fish.
important to have an aquarium cover that completely
covers the top of the aquarium. Aquarium covers
have "knock-outs" that can be snapped out to make
room for the aquarium filter and heater.
aquarium cover will also minimize evaporation and
keep dust out of your aquarium, but these are not
important factors. A cover is mainly used to keep
the fish in the aquarium.
Eclipse and Galaxy aquarium hoods are very good
covers that leave no place for the fish to jump
out. You can cut pieces of plastic out of plastic
milk containers, wash them to remove all the milk
residue, then tape these pieces of plastic over
the holes in your aquarium cover. Assume a fish
will jump, unless you know it won't.
is a list of fish that I have seen often jumping
out of aquariums: all Barbs, Plecostomus Catfish,
Goldfish Comets, Swordtails, Cichlids, Eels, Sharks,
Loaches, and Elephant Noses. Crabs will crawl out
unless the aquarium is escape proof!
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Pet Fish Interview hosted by The
Bailey Brothers about the proper equipment
for a Saltwater Aquarium.
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