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Most of you would find it enticing to have your first tropical fish aquarium. The idea of owning an aquarium is in itself extremely exciting and the splendor of the tropical fishes you can own would make it an indelible experience. However, if you start to think about all the variety of tropical fishes that you would be buying right now, it is too premature to do so. Even before you pay a visit to the store for tropical fish, you must learn everything you can about the fish tank or the aquarium.
Now, we have all seen an aquarium and how it looks. Also, most of us know that tropical fish would require a heater to keep the temperatures warm. They aren’t accustomed with the temperate climate that is predominant in more than 90% of US mainland and islands. What has to be noted here is that a clean tank and a heater is just the tip of the iceberg of things that you need.
First you must pick a fish tank that you wish to transform into an aquarium. Depending on how large or small you wish it to be, you can opt for 20 gallons or even 75 gallons capacity. Tropical fishes for aquarium are not typically large in size but you would perhaps want to own quite a few hence large tanks work better. Also, tropical fishes tend to move around generously which would demand a lot of free space. Once you buy an aquarium, you have to treat it, fill it up, replace the water and repeat this exercise quite a few number of times. The tank must be absolutely clean. There is a time period of this exercise known as the nitrogen cycle which may take a few weeks before you can put any fish in there.
What you need after buying the tank are filters, heater, water pump, air pump, water quality test kits and other items such as rock, gravel and any decorative materials you would wish to use. You can find all these items at Zoomania1 (http://www.zoomania1.com/). You must fit in the filters, heater and pumps. Pour in the water and check the temperature set by the heater and perform a water quality test to record the pH value. Tropical fish requires warm, fresh and oxygenated water. There should be no salinity or ammonia contents and even the heater lend a uniform temperature. Tropical fish cannot sustain abrupt changes in temperature.
Once you know for sure that the water is clean, has optimum dissolved oxygen and the temperature, air pump pressure are all working fine, buy the fish of your choice and put it in.


  1. Zoomania1 on November 8, 2012 at 12:05 AM said:
    just got a clown fish anyone else has one or two they can be aggressive
  2. new_aqua on November 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM said:
    Hello, I am a newbie in the aquarium world and looking to purchase some filters. I' ve done some research and I've read several opinions about the benefits of multiple filtration, but also found some people saing that is not that necessary. I saw that you have a large filter collection, so I am seeking for your advice and opinion. I own a 29 gallon tank. Thanks in advance
  3. joe on November 9, 2012 at 8:19 PM said:
    IMO multiple filtration could be beneficial, but it also depends on the fishes that you want to put in, as some are more delicate and need less flow. By having two filters, you can clean one at a time, let's say one the first month and the second the other etc... I think that this helps in mainting the nitrifying bacteria. Also, by having two filters, you can use more media... I used to have one filter and never had big problems though. Now, I' using double filtration and I can see that the water is more clear.
  4. bluebird on November 13, 2012 at 7:30 AM said:
    You should also keep in mind that most of the filters don't actually filter what the claim to and nealry always a second filter is needed. And in general is's always better to over filtrate than to have lesws filtration than necessary
  5. new_aqua on November 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM said:
    Hello again and thank you both for your answers. Interesting points about multiple filtration, you helped me a lot. So, I' m thinking to buy two filters that are for up to 50 gallons aquariums each. I hope that this is not too much neither too little.
  6. bluebird on November 14, 2012 at 9:13 AM said:
    Yeah, that should be fine for your aquarium, but also 2 filters for up to 30 gallon tank will do too. As a general rule of thumb you want twice the filtration of your tank size, unless you don't plan to have many fishes.
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