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Aquarium building and fishkeeping has transformed from an old fashioned hobby to a social media sensation over the last decade as aquascaping and bright exotic fish have attracted many to the hobby. Whether you're just starting out or looking to create your next aquatic masterpiece, we have everything you need from the industry's top brands.
What is an aquarium?
An aquarium is any transparent water-filled tank that houses live fish and other aquatic wildlife, including everything from a goldfish bowl all the way up to an aquatic-tunnel attraction. Aquariums are artificial environments and so must be specially managed and maintained to recreate the natural cycles that their residents are used to.
Why should I buy an aquarium?
There are a lot of great reasons to own an aquarium. First and foremost, they can be as complex or simple as you want them to be and can require minimum upkeep if you have a busy life. They are also proven to reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure and aid sleep. If you have children, they are a great educational resource as they can be used to teach responsibility, biology and the natural cycle of life. There is even anecdotal evidence to suggest that aquariums improve creativity.
What are the main types of aquariums?
There are three main types of aquariums, cold water aquariums, tropical aquariums and marine aquariums. Cold water aquariums are designed to home fish that are kept in a freshwater environment outside of tropical temperatures, such as goldfish, pearl danio, weather loach, koi and bloodfin tetra. Tropical aquariums are ideal for fish that live in warm freshwater, such as African Cichlids, Tinfoil Barbs and Swordtails. Finally, marine aquariums recreate the oceanic saltwater habitat suitable for a wide variety of fish including Clownfish, Damselfish and Green Chromis.
What should I look for?
Aquariums are a unique and fun design challenge. Planning is important and you should always think about the amount of maintenance and upkeep your tank will need and how that will fit into your daily routine, complex tanks can become quite time-consuming. Take your time as you build, aquascape and populate your tank, enjoy the process and you'll be well on your way to becoming a first-class fishkeeper.