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Salt Water Aquarium


salt water aquariumKeeping a Salt Water Aquarium is becoming popular nowadays and more as more people have started to show interest in this hobby. Compared with a fresh water aquarium, a salt water aquarium is rather difficult to setup and manage. It also involves higher cost as well since you will need to pay special care and attention. However, the reward is that the saltwater fish are more colorful and there are different varieties to choose from compared to its fresh water cousin. In fact, the most interesting part is that, there is an opportunity to have live rocks and corals in the aquarium (reef ready aquarium) together with the fish. I'm sure most of you know some of the interesting species like the Clown Fish (in which many kids have come to call it Nemo) and Seahorse. These varieties are bound to amaze every fish enthusiast.

Where to start?

Before you adopt this exciting hobby,the first question you should ask yourself is that what type of fish you intend to keep and how much commitment you are willing to put into. Often, many people who are attracted to the beauty and excitement, just get involved in it without doing any proper research or putting in much effort to learn about it. Most of them actually ended up abandoning the whole project. This is just a waste of time and resources.

To begin, you will need to purchase the aquarium and tank accessories. Don’t worry if you do not know what is needed as many local fish shop will gladly sell a salt water aquarium kit in a full package which not only includes the aquarium, but also the aquarium filter, lighting, food, salt, pH chemicals, water test solution and also some basic medication.

Moving further, after having purchased the aquarium kit, next is to determine the best location to place the aquarium. Try to avoid placing it directly near the window as too much sunlight could lead to algae problems. Instead, the special lighting that comes with the aquarium is sufficient to simulate artificial lighting with a timer sequence in order to stimulate day and night cycle. Fill the aquarium with filtered tap water and dechlorinate it first using the chemical kit that you’ve purchased before moving on to adjust the pH, temperature and salinity. Check carefully with your local fish shop on the water parameters suited for the fish you intend to purchase. There are more advanced techniques such as checking the O2 and also CO2 content but that is for expert fish keeping. Keep the water recycled for at least 3 days before it is ready for the fish.

Next of course is to purchase the fish. If you are a novice, I would suggest you start with a fish which is easy to maintain. Again check with the sales person which one is the best suited to your needs and experience. Please be reminded that the most important aspect is that whether the fish is originally bred and raised captive or is it caught directly from the sea. If it is from the latter, most probably the fish would not last long since it will have hard time adjusting to its new water condition and environment.

After having everything done, comes the next part which is care and maintenance. Cleaning and also changing the water on regular basis is a must and this will depend on the size of your aquarium. Of course the larger ones will reduce the frequency on water changing. Test the water parameters regularly and if needed, do adjustment according to needs. For instance, if over a certain period of time, you will find that the salt level concentration will become too high due to evaporation, you will need to add more dechlorinated water.

Well, that is practically all on the setup and of course in order to maintain a healthy aquarium, you must be prepared to ensure that the fish is regularly fed and the water parameters are adjusted to the desired range.

End Conclusion

I would suggest before you head straight to your local fish shop, do more research and read as many books as possible. Do not get discouraged if you fail on your first try. All in all, the most important aspect of keeping a salt water aquarium is care and responsibility not to mention the time and commitment which you are willing to put in.

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Unique Aquariums

Having aquarium with the fish swimming inside is indeed fun and exciting to watch. These days fish-keeping hobbyist has been very creative to make it even more interesting to come up with unusual designs and hence the definition of “Unique Aquariums” was created. So what does it mean by this definition? Basically it is considered something unusual and different than our conventional square, round or even hexagonal aquariums which we normally find these days.

There are several types of unique aquariums. Have you ever seen aquariums, which are actually wall mounted, or in-wall type and you were just wondering how are you going to gain access to it? Well, designers have been very creative in designing one so that it perfectly blends into our room environment to save space and making sure that it fits nicely into the wall.

Another popular unique aquarium nowadays is the Coffee Table Type. It is actually designed to function both as a table and as an aquarium. Can you ever imagine sipping your coffee and at the same time watching the fish swimming around in your table? Wow, this is something really relaxing and entertaining! On the table itself, there is a hidden opening on top for the owner to perform aquarium maintenance. This coffee table aquarium is available to purchase through the internet and is offered with a reasonable price tag.

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There is also another type, which is called Fish-n-Flush Aquarium. Basically the tank has been designed to look like toilet tank reservoir connected to the bowl. However, do not be deceived because there is actually another compartment to hold the water for flushing. Don’t be surprised if guests were to ask you questions like “Won’t I flush out the fish as well?” This is something fun and of course it makes the toilet looks nice as well.

There are endless possibilities to make the aquariums different and unique. One of course has to be imaginative and creative to come out with ideas.

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All Glass Aquarium

glass aquariumGetting a nice and suitable home for your fish is very important. Things like space, quality of the material, should be put into consideration to ensure that the aquarium will last long for us to get the most satisfaction out of fish keeping.

Basically there are two types of commercially available aquarium. One is an All glass aquarium and another is Acrylic aquarium. An all glass aquarium is actually a simple assembly of precut pieces of glass joined together using silicone sealant.

Generally people nowadays don’t prefer an all glass aquarium anymore. There are several reasons, but most notable is that an all glass aquarium has a lower transparency rating compared to acrylic aquarium. Although these transparency rating can be somewhere between 80 - 90% poorer, there are of course some good quality ones sold in the market with transparency rating close and comparable to that of acrylic type. While the main purpose on having aquarium in the first place is to house the fish and capture its beauty with a clear view, an all glass aquarium will turn out to be the less preferred choice.

It is also considered heavy even when it is empty and for those who have little kids running around the house, they should also forget about getting an all glass aquarium. Depending on its thickness and quality of glass, just a tiny knock could lead to cracks and possibility of leaking or the whole aquarium bursting might occur. There are also cases whereby home owners were shocked to find water flooding everywhere with dead fish when the glass joint area suddenly gave way. All these are possible with an all glass aquarium. However, there are still many benefits to it.

First, The cost of an all glass aquarium is much less compared to acrylic type. The price can be somewhere around two to three times cheaper compared to acrylic aquarium. For novice fish keepers who have just started with fish keeping hobby and are therefore less willing to spend, getting a self-made all glass aquarium can be a good start. All one has to do is to purchase the materials needed and then start to work on it. But be careful however to get the correct glass thickness ratio measured against tank capacity which is very important. If this is not calculated properly, you could end up having a leaking aquarium or worst still shattered glass.

An all glass aquarium are also more scratch-resistant meaning that it would take material with sharp edges and greater force to create noticeable markings. However, this does not mean it is 100% scratch-resistant.

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My fascination and interest towards aquarium fish has led me to devote my time towards caring and learning about this wonderful pet.

Aquarium fish keeping is a very challenging and exciting hobby. When I first started, I never knew much or have the necessary guidance back then because none of my family members were actually a keen hobbyist. And because of that, I’ve encountered numerous failures and the worst part is having to deal with dead fish every time when you started to grow fond and getting attached to my pets. However, I persevered and took steps to find out and search for information from other hobbyist, apart from the knowledge gained and learned from my own experience and research. The blog that I’ve created here is meant to share useful information and tips about aquarium fish keeping so that new hobbyist will not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in the past."

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