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WHY SET UP AN AQUARIUM?
You've been to the pet store and noticed the fish tanks and thought "maybe I could do that".
Guess what, you can "do that" and it's not nearly as difficult as you may think.
The tropical fish keeping hobby has come a long way over the past decade thanks in part to
advances in aquarium equipment and the plethora of readily available information. There are
many outstanding fish and aquarium books available as well as an abundant amount of
information on the internet, forums and discussion groups. Running your own tank is way easier
than it was just 10 years ago.
In the past, folks would go to the pet store and buy the tank, equipment and fish all at once not
knowing they were setting themselves up for failure. They would get the aquarium set up and
running, put some fish in and everything would be fine for a couple of days but then the fish
would start to die. Now we know better. We know about the crucial aquarium nitrogen
cycle that must take place in all new tanks. We know how to properly acclimate tropical fish to
our tank water and how to periodically use our aquarium test kits to test the tank water to
make sure nothing is out of whack. We have better access to fish behavior and can determine
which fishes shouldn't be kept together in the same tank. The information is out there, at our
fingertips, at libraries, book stores and the search engines.
So, with all this available information we can quickly come up to speed with running a tank in
our home. There are many different types of aquarium setups but the most common types are
freshwater, saltwater fish only and saltwater reef tanks. Here is a very brief intro:
Freshwater Aquarium
The mainstay of the hobby and the most popular setup, a freshwater tank setup can be a great
first tank and it will give you the necessary experience needed for branching out into other
types of tanks. This setup is the least expensive in terms of equipment and livestock and is not
usually as demanding as the other types. There are literally hundreds of different types of
fish available so finding a species you'll like shouldn't pose a problem. You can keep live
aquarium plants in your tank as well. Keeping plants may require an upgrade to your lighting
system and you may have to add supplements to your tank water. Freshwater aquarium plants
add another dimension of beauty to a freshwater tank.
Saltwater Aquarium
Saltwater tanks are perceived to be more difficult than freshwater tanks. In times past, that
statement may have been true but I don't think that is necessarily the case today. With the
increasing use of live rock as the primary biological filter in a saltwater tank setup, the chances
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