Aquariums have long been a favorite home for tropical fish. Since these fish are very social, live in large groups, and eat a varied diet, they make good candidates for aquarium use. They do require a large amount of water, a sturdy base, a good filter, a way to provide oxygen, a temperature control, and plenty of surface area in which to move around and rest. An aquarium is really a vivarium of some sort with an aquarium tank top, at the bottom, containing a water garden where different animals or plants are housed and displayed. Aquarium owners use aquariums to house various species of fish, marine invertebrates, amphibian animals, aquatic reptiles, including turtles, and various other species.
The first aquariums were constructed from wood or shell. Fiber glass was later widely used as a more durable and flexible medium, although it did not help much with lighting or the filtering system. In the 1960’s acrylic tanks were widely used, especially with the advent of fibre-glass tanks which were light, had very little turbulence, had excellent insulation, and a fairly good filtration system. However, recent studies have shown that acrylic tanks have many disadvantages including increased fragility, reduced lighting, and slow filtration fathers day mugs funny.
Acrylic tanks are commonly used in small aquariums for fish only, since they are very portable, easy to transport, and inexpensive. These small tanks are generally less than twenty-five gallons in capacity, although some tanks can reach well over fifty gallons. A typical acrylic tank has a side plate, with a bottom metal plate, and a few built in light fixtures, which makes them very attractive but difficult to access and clean. They are mostly black in colour, although some colours can be found in aquarium stores.
The use of acrylic is further limited by the way the aquarium must be cleaned. Since the filtration is typically underneath the water level, it can be hard to get into the aquarium to clean. Many professionals discourage the use of acrylic aquatic tanks, mainly because they are very difficult to maintain. It is usually recommended that aquariums with fish should have sand as a bottom, since this provides better filtration, larger surface area, and better overall drainage.
Another alternative coldwater tank is the hot water tank. A small aquarium can easily be warmed up to room temperature using a small propane heater. If you are using electricity with your heater, make sure that you place the aquarium on a non-flammable surface, such as an aquarium screen. As with any electrical heating device, you should always read the instructions carefully before starting a tank, especially if you are inexperienced. Many people who use heated aquariums find that they are very easy to care for, and provide a great home for live and frozen fish. There are also kits available that will convert an ordinary plastic or glass bowl into a coldwater tank.
If you plan on building a tank, or converting an existing one, you should definitely take a look at the various aquarium options that are now available. Aquariums come in a variety of shapes and sizes and there is sure to be one that will suit your needs and your budget. Whether you decide to go with a hot water fish tank, an acrylic alternative, or even a hot water coral tank, make sure that you take the time to research all your options. The wayfair tank that you choose will depend greatly on the fish that you intend to keep as well as the environment that you want to create.