Buying your beginner fish tanks

Did you know there are fish aquariums for first timers?

These beginner fish tanks are suitable for people who have little or no experience in keeping fish, as they are easy to set up and to maintain.

 This page explains some of the basics of getting started with your beginner fish aquarium, and what types of equipment- along with the fish you may purchase first.

What Kind of Fish Do You Want to Raise?

More and more men, women and children are becoming avid enthusiasts of raising fish on their own. Not only do fish tanks make a beautiful addition to any room, but they actually provide health benefits to some people.

People who suffer from high stress or high blood pressure, increased anxiety, or depression find that having a fish tank is the equivalent to engaging in some much-needed stress relief.

From adults with Alzheimer’s to children with a hyperactivity disorder, or an adult who just feels overwhelmed and stressed out, a fish tank can bring a piece of calm into their lives.

Fish tanks can sometimes emit a soothing sound of the flow of water, depending on your setup. They can also be quiet if you prefer it that way. The sounds of water stirring can be very relaxing.

Most fish tanks have a lighting system that is also comforting. So you could lay there with the lights turned off, or down, and bask in the beauty of a gorgeous fish tank glow, complete with incredible specimens of tropical or marine life swimming around. 

Many people raise fish not to use the benefit of stress relief, but to simply enjoy a part of nature that we, as humans, don’t often get to see on dry land. The underwater world is amazing and teeming with life that we are in awe of consistently.

There are two different types of fish you can start with – freshwater and saltwater. Saltwater is considered the marine variety and Freshwater is the tropical version.

Freshwater Fish for Your Tank 

You have the ability to mix and match the fish in your tank. You don’t have to pick just one. But in some cases, a single species can wreak havoc on the entire tank’s inhabitants.

For example, Betta fish are popular with beginners, but they’re also known as fighting fish. You have to know which species are compatible so that you don’t wake up the next day and see one fish in your tank with 3 other missing or floating.

You want to choose strong fish that do well with beginners before you eventually upgrade to more fragile types. Some fish demand more attention and care than others, so start out by going easy on yourself.

Aside from Bettas, you might consider:

  • Barbs
  • Cichlids
  • Danios •
  • Goldfish •
  • Gouramis • 
  • Guppies • 
  • Rainbowfish • 
  • Tetras …and more.

Your online or local pet store can help you decide based on what you want to see in your aquarium – in addition to the level of care and attention they require.

Many people think that beginner fish tanks should be really small in size. While many kits are sold this way, it’s not entirely true. A larger sized fish tank will generally be more stable and easier to maintain.

They will also provide your fish with more comfortable space in which to live. The larger volume of water contained in this type of fish take will mean that if something goes wrong you have a longer time frame in which to fix it. In my opinion, a 90-litre fish aquarium is ideal for beginners.

If costs are an issue, then it may be worth purchasing a fish tank starter kit. These kits contain all the equipment you will need to set up your tank.

The most common type of equipment that is used in beginner fish tanks includes a suitable internal water filter, a heater tube, Light Bulbs ( for day and night use), and a thermometer.

Filter

The Fish tank water filter is used to remove harmful particles from the water, which will mean clean and safe water for your fish to live in.

Heaters provide the right temperatures for your fish to thrive. This is particularly essential if you are wanting to house a number of tropical fish who need temperatures of between 22°C - 29°C in order to keep healthy and survive.

Lighting

Aquarium Plant Lighting is used for the plants in your fish tank. If you are not wanting to keep live plants then the lighting system will only be required to view the fish at night time. The substrate refers to all types of sand or gravel used at the bottom of the tank.

You can also buy all types of decor, including stones, driftwood, ornaments, and bubble making apparatus, which make the tank interesting to look at and give your fish something to interact with.

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