When you finally decide you want to own tropical saltwater fish, you need to pick out an aquarium

When you finally decide you want to own tropical saltwater fish, you need to pick out an aquarium. This is going to be an important decision because you are going to have to look at it everyday. There are many factors to consider. The smart thing to do is write a list of the type of things you want for the aquarium, what you are going to need and the options for each.

The first thing to consider is the space. The size of the aquarium for the tropical saltwater fish is going to depend a lot on where you are going to put it. You can get a small one that fills about 20 gallons all the way up to a massive size of 1,000 or so. An aquarium that is going in the home usually goes for the smaller end.

Many of the next decisions are going to be predicated on the size of the tank, but before we get into the needs of the tank, let’s look at a few cosmetic items. One thing you are going to have to choose is if you want a background. It can either stay clear and you will have the back of the wall showing through or you can get a design for the bank of the tropical saltwater aquarium. You need to decide this first because you have to install the background before you put the water in. The next thing you want to choose is what you are going to line the bottom of the tank with. This could be a number of things from gravel to sand to coral. This might depend on the type of fish you get.

The heater and filter are very important to the tank. This is the life line of the tropical saltwater fish. Both of these pieces of equipment have to be large enough to operate the tank. In some cases you might need more than one filter. Talk to any pet shop employees and do some research to find out what filter is going to work best for a tropical saltwater aquarium. The heater is especially important. Tropical fish need warm water and the only way to provide it is with the heater. Also get a thermometer to monitor the temperature once you have the tropical saltwater aquarium put together.

When purchasing items for a tropical saltwater fish tank, the most obvious thing you are going to need is saltwater mix. You will also need a saltwater mix hydrometer. To monitor water conditions, purchase test kits. There are multiple test kits that measure the pH level, nitrates, ammonia and salinity. They are all equally important. Along with the pH test kit, you might also pick up some pH buffers to get the water to the right pH for your tropical saltwater fish.

These are the most important items you are going to need, but there are other incidentals for your tropical saltwater aquarium. Pick up cleaning supplies such as a scrub brush, bucket, gloves and a fish net.

Without a doubt while at the pet shop you are going to find many other goodies for your new tropical saltwater aquarium. Make sure you need all the items and know the uses before buying them. By the way, don’t forget the fish.

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