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Buy Aquarium Supplies: Guide to selecting Aquarium Filters

Aquarium filter is perhaps one of the most important and must have aquarium accessories. It is especially important because it will cut down the amount of time needed to perform aquarium maintenance and works in many ways to establish stable and manageable water environment.

Below are some of the benefits:
  • It removes solid waste from the water by means of mechanical filtration
  • The filter media provides a place whereby colony of beneficial bacteria lives which help to convert chemical waste from ammonia (which is harmful to fish) to nitrite and nitrate. This acting effect is called biological filtration
  • Creates surface agitation to facilitates exchange of gas with the environment and therefore allows higher fish stocking level
  • Aesthetically pleasing when bubbles are introduced through the external air tube

A guide to selecting your best aquarium filter can be done by following these simple rules.
  • The filter must match the size of your aquarium fish so that they don’t get sucked in.
  • Test the filter over at the aquarium store and monitor the water turbulence with fish in it. Watch the movement of the fish and whether they have difficulty swimming and maintaining balance
  • Size it and buy according to your aquarium size and check with the salesperson the “filtering capacity” measured usually in cubic meters of water in an hour. I won’t be able to tell you specifically which kilowatt or pump capacity to match with aquarium size, but as I mentioned, use the above method by testing it at aquarium stores. I’m sure the salesperson will be willingly to assist you accordingly.
  • Another important thing to ask is check on the safety feature. After all, what’s the use of having a powerful filter but lack the safety feature. Be wise and check with the seller and find out information whether the company manufacturing the filter is reliable. Find out the warranty period and also whether there is an accompanying maintenance instruction manual. Sometimes the salesperson would not readily provide you the info, so what you can do is to go online and search based on other users comments (ie. Bad experiences, occasional failure or maybe good recommendations)
Next: Types of Aquarium Filters



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Goldfish Varieties - Ranchu

The Ranchu is the Japanese variant of goldfish bred from the Lionhead. It is not difficult to characterize this particular goldfish, as it can be easily identifiable by its short, round body with thick fins. Perhaps if you observe carefully you will notice that one of the most prominent features is the lack of dorsal fin. The tail can be made up of 4 lobes and is very short in length. Ranchu rarely grows beyond 15cm measured from head to end of tail fin. Similar like its lionhead cousin, it has a hood on its head, which looks like a raspberry outgrowth protruding from the skin.

ranchu goldfish
The goldfish is also known for its colorful feature and is usually found in red, orange or white striking combinations. Ranchu is a highly prized and sought after goldfish not only in Japan but also other parts of the world including America and Europe. In fact, the Japanese are so fond of it and competitions were organized during autumn each year to select the best fish. The art of judging and selecting the best Ranchu comes from the few basic concepts outlined below.

  • Eyes should be evenly placed, small and protrude clearly from the headgrowth
  • The stomach should form a smooth curve starting from the gill to the end of the abdomen
  • When seen from above, the back of Ranchu should be broad and properly aligned with the body and finally,
  • The scales must be complete and regular with no visible deformity in sight

No doubt with its elegant and unique characteristics, Ranchu has always remained to be one of the most popular goldfish. In Japan, this hobby is highly revered upon and refined to perfection. It is one of the most beautiful goldfish, which remains one of my favorite besides the pearlscale.

Other Goldfish Varieties:
fantail, black moor, celestial, common goldfish, shubunkin, oranda, pom-pom, ryukin and tosakin, jikin



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What Is The Best Aquarium Size?

So you already have your mind set on where to place your community aquarium? Well, the next thing logical thing to do is to head straight to your local fish shop and get it, right? Well, not exactly. Maybe first thing first which you should ask yourself is that, what is the best size of aquarium that I should buy? To me, there’s no right or wrong answer here but basically always follow one general rule of thumb. Get the largest aquarium size possible and proportionate to the size of the fish you intent to rare.

Always bear in mind that there is no maximum to how big it can get but there’s always a minimum limit. One thing you should always remember is that, always choose an aquarium that is based not on depth but on the criteria of having the largest amount of surface area available which is exposed to the environment. The larger the surface area, this means this will allow better introduction of oxygen to the water.

For a general guideline, you might want to consider the following facts when determining your aquarium size.

  1. Types of fish. Certain fish especially goldfish generate huge amount of waste, so it might be a good idea to have a large aquarium size for it. Reason is because larger amount of water means it can hold more waste before water quality starts to deteriorate up to the level considered unhealthy to the fish. This also means that, there is less frequency or needs to do water change and water quality is easier to control since a small spike in waste generated would not adversely affect the water chemistry so much since the proportion of water is larger. Certain active fish like guppies love to have larger size of aquarium so that they will have plenty of swimming area to breed and multiply.

  2. Size of fish. What is the largest size your fish can grow up to? For instance, some smaller fish like neon fish only grows up to about 1 inches long while some bigger species like the arowana can reach up to 3 feet in length or bigger so your aquarium size must be prepared and taken into consideration to accommodate the adult size. Which ever is your choice of fish, find out as much as information as possible before deciding on the size of aquarium to get.

  3. Number of fish. Although arguments between experts vary, based on my own personal experience, the best size for your aquarium should be about 1 square feet of surface area available for every inch of the length of the fish. Therefore, if you have a 6-inch length of a pair of fish, they would therefore need about 12 square feet of surface area available. A bit amazed right? Well, that’s about the size of aquarium that we are actually talking about.
Getting the right size of aquarium is important to ensure proper growth of fish so that they don’t get stunted from overcrowding and develop other fish health problems. Always remember that this is the most basic step to start your fledgling hobby because choosing the wrong size of aquarium could mean disastrous effect in the long run.

Which type of aquarium should I get? Check out these:
corner aquarium, all glass aquarium, unique aquarium,
custom aquarium, reef ready aquarium, salt water aquarium



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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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