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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 you will need.

The first thing you need to do is buy the right type of tank and equipment for the kind of fish you want to keep.

The best way to do this is to visit your local pet supply store or online aquarium retailer, where their helpful staff will be able to recommend the right products to you.

It may be invaluable to invest in a fish aquarium guide e-book, which shares all useful information to help you get started with your new hobby.

Beginner fish tanks

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.


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.


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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