New Hobby? Consider Keeping Tropical Fish!
Did you know that the art of keeping fish dates way back to ancient times, this may be true but it is only in recent years that having an aquarium with fish has become so popular among all age groups.
Are you one of the numerious people who have recently started this very popular practice of keeping tropical fish? It really has become very popular as many homes now have at least a small aquarium, some even two as part of it's furnishings or decor. They may only consist of a few goldfish in a small coldwater tank or have several colorful tropical fish with plants swimming around.
Aquariums or fish tanks are most likely to be one of three types, a coldwater tank, a warm water which would be heated or a salt water marine tank. If you are thinking of keeping tropical fish then you almost need to have a heated aquarium. This is because tropical fish come from the tropics and need to always be in warm water. They mostly come from the Amazon, Africa and South Asia, this being where most tropical fish are from.
The majority of pet and fish stores usually have complete packages that include everything you need to setup for the first time, ie aquarium with stand, lights for tank, water heater and thermostat, water filter and gravel, plants and other decor to help you create a nice tank. If you're just starting for the first time keeping fish this is a good way to go since you will save money over buying all the components individually, or your could look online at auctions and save a lot of expense if someone was upgrading to a larger tank and selling nearly new first tank complete.
It would be good advice to read up on the subject or ask for advice at your local store on which fish are the hardiest and easiest fish to keep, and which type cannot be kept together. These may include tetras, danios, sickles, barbs etc. It is best not to add too many fish at a time as the water in the aquarium needs time to settle and mature. If you add too many fish all at once the water in the tank will not have enough time for bacteria to develop, this is needed to break down the fish's waste and keep the water clean.
If you are going to start a great hobby it a good idea is to visit your local library or research the internet to learn the in and outs about keeping fish successfully. There are many of books and websites which have a lot of info on keeping fish and aquariums, this will make it much easier and enjojable setting up.An aquarium setup properly can give you and your family hours of pleasure and relaxation and makes a great addition to any home.
Picking The Right Type Of Aquarium
Keeping an aquarium has nowadays become a very popular hobby, indeed there are millions of aquariums and tropical fish enthusiasts throughout the world of all ages.
This practice has been going on since before the 1850's when the first fish tanks were only a novel curiosity and have now have evolved into todays modern aquarium which are much more sophisticated systems, now include tank lighting with water filtration and heating systems and plants which all go to keep aquarium kept fish healthy in good surroundings.
However before you can get started in this great hobby you need to get your aquarium or tank first. So you will need to check your pet store or look online at websites or auctions, here you will see there is a lot of choice and information.
Fish bowls are a small type of aquarium and are useful for one or two fish and also useful for emergency purpose, but they are not recommended as a permanent fish tank. The glass of the bowls are made in one piece and if get hit will crack,however small, can leak or suddenly give way and cause a flood resulting in a loss of the fish and you would have to buy a new bowl as they are impossible to repair. Also when you look at the fish thru the bowl the view is distorted because of the shape of the bowl.
With modern manufacturing methods and the applications of plastics, it is not surprising that this has developed into a popular use of these synthetic products being used to replace glass for the tanks. Plastics have advantage of being unbreakable, but have to be used with care as they are soft compared to glass and soft enough for the surface to become scratched easily distorting the view.
This is a glass-like material which comes in many different colours and surface effects can be used with the aquarium by putting it on the sides or back of the aquarium, as a backing, being opaque Vitorlite will hide the wall behind the tank or any unsightly wires and fittings showing behind the aquarium whilst still showing an attractive finish.
Aquarium exterior frameworks using wood are popular as wood can be finished in many different ways, used mainly for aesthetic reasons. Plywood is mainly used for this as it will not warp compared to other types of wood. The advantages of using wood finish are that it can be polished or laminated in different finishes or stained in colours to match your decor or the furnishing style of the room.