If you’re new to tropical and marine fish keeping, it can be hard to find the best aquarium for your needs. There are a lot of factors that come into play when picking out a tank. Do you want an acrylic or glass tank? What size should it be? How much money do you have available to spend on equipment and supplies?
It’s only natural that when you get your first aquarium, there will be some excitement. It is a new addition to your home, and it brings with it an opportunity for all your family to appreciate aquatic life more closely.
But what about choosing the right tank? When picking out your first tank, you may be surprised at how many choices are available! In this article we’ll talk about the best size of fish tank based on your needs (and budget), so don’t worry if you think yours isn’t big enough or too small.
We will also look at what kind of factors are important in finding the right type of setup for beginners who aren’t sure where exactly where they should start looking.
What’s the Best Aquarium Size for Beginners?
Whether you’re just starting in the aquarium hobby or upgrading to a new tank, one of the first things you need to think about is your desired fish tank size.
Aquariums range anywhere from 1 gallon all the way up into hundreds of gallons and every size in between. If you are a beginner with an interest in keeping an aquarium at home, however, it might be wise getting familiar with some pros and cons before settling on what kind of volume would make sense for your needs.
The smaller tanks can sometimes seem easier than larger ones when looking over available options but as this article will explore there may also be drawbacks like limited colour choices that come along with small volumes versus the more expansive options afforded.
Why Should You Start with a Larger Tank?
What do you need to know before shopping for a fish tank? With so many different sizes and shapes, it can be hard deciding which one is right.
Let’s get into the details of what should go through your mind when thinking about buying an aquarium: Why would I start with a larger tank than needed for my space or budget? Well, that has to do with water chemistry and how much maintaining will be required on your part as well as upkeep in general.
How to Pick Your Fish Tank
Choosing a fish tank for your home or office can be challenging. When you’re choosing the type of aquarium, there are many factors that will come into play such as what kind of fishes you want in it and where exactly you plan on placing it?
There is also an important decision between acrylic or glass tanks with regards to weight distribution and durability! If this sounds like too much work, then consider buying one already assembled because they often have all the accessories included!
Size and Type of Fish You Want
Think about the type of fish you want to keep in your tank and then determine their adult size – this is an important factor to consider when choosing a tank size.
You can find out how large they’ll get for any species by checking online, looking at other aquariums that have kept them before or asking Wayne in the shop who has over 30 years of knowledge and industry experience. And don’t assume just because you need more space than what’s recommended, it means there are no limits on stocking levels – some fish simply require more territory than others!
Where Will You Keep It?
There are many factors to consider when deciding on a location for your fish tank. The best place is one that can be seen and accessed easily, but not in the way of other things.
It should not be located near any windows or doors either as it could lead to too much exposure from all angles – not just sunlight!
Take some time at home looking around before you find a spot where light conditions would work well and an area with enough room for the size of aquarium you want (keep this information about what types of fish you plan on keeping handy while choosing).
Glass vs. Acrylic Aquariums: Which is Better?
The next decision you have to make after tank size and location is the material of your aquarium. There are two options on offer – glass or acrylic, with both benefits and drawbacks associated with each option depending on what best suits you as a person’s needs.
Glass tanks can be bought for less money which will save some cash in the long run, but they also require more care because scratches may occur over time that could ruin their transparency.
An acrylic tank could incur damage such as abuse by children or animals where it wouldn’t break like glass but could if not properly cared for so think about how much maintenance work you might want to undertake before making this choice.
Consider the Weight
If you’re considering a glass or acrylic tank, think about how heavy either one will be full of water with a gravel bed. Glass tanks are heavier than acrylic, but both can get really heavy depending on the size. Many experts recommend investing in an aquarium stand made specifically for this load bearing if necessary!
What’s in the Kit?
Aquarium kits are great for beginners and experts alike. They come with everything you need to set up a tank, including lights, filters, heaters, fish food… the list goes on! Plus, they come in all sorts of sizes so there is one out there that will work perfectly for your needs. Enquire at Perry’s Aquatics Center for current stock availability.
When you’re looking for the perfect fish tank, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all of your choices. We can help! The resident experts are waiting here at Perry’s Aquatic Center to answer any questions you may have about choosing a tropical or marine fish tank and what size would best suit your needs (and budget).
You’ll also find tips on how to build the right type of setup for beginners who aren’t sure where exactly they should start looking. If you need expert advice without any obligation, visit Perry’s Aquatic Center or call us today on 01673 860727.
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How to Choose the Best Aquarium if You’re a Beginner