Aquariums bring nature into your homes. Water and air pollution is rampant these days. So today’s aquariums which are in essence ecosystems of green color, are very popular in homes across the globe. It is as if people are trying to preserve what they can of nature inside their concrete homes. These small ecosystems are designed by technological experts hence they represent real water environments which in a way serve as nature substitutes.
These days, tanks are sold wherein you are allowed to lower or raise the water and vary the intensity of lights. Not only that, a wide variety of switches are at your disposal with automatic timers, which enable you to change the intensity of lights and the water as well.
The modern tanks are easy to maintain since filtration systems can be used for purification of water to maintain it clear and free from pollutants. Additionally, electrically controlled procedures are put in place to maintain optimum values of water. Food and dosage are also maintained by the automated devices. The modern tank quality has advanced so much that you get tanks in all shapes and sizes which are break resistant as well as electrically secure.
A single tank can accommodate lots of plants and fish. They provide a welcome relief from the day’s stress and are ideal nature enhancements in your environments. It is very easy to choose a tank now as a lot of variety in sizes, thickness of glass, capacity, weight and security are available. Most of the tanks are made of glass panels which are joined with silicon sealants.
What effect does the sealant have on cleaning and how is the fish affected?
The sealant is less or more than 1/16 inches or 1 mm and hence the fish and tank are not affected. You need to make sure about the water-tightness of non-toxic sealants before cleaning the tank. Larger tanks need 20 gallons.
How should the aquarium be positioned?
A sturdy stand is needed to position your aquarium. It would depend on the size of the tank; however, the tank capacity and water is calculated by multiplication of the length of the aquarium, its width and height as well as the capacity of water. For example, 1 gallon water in a tank will weigh approximately 10 pounds. For a larger tank, you should divide the multiplied results by 1000 to arrive at the figure in litre. When you finish multiplying and dividing a large fish tank, you will arrive at a stand capacity of 1/2 tons. You must ensure that the floor underneath the stand is capable of holding the weight. Aquariums should preferably be placed on load bearing beams as well as against walls. Care should be taken to avoid placement of the aquarium near heaters,doors or windows.
How is aquarium equipment chosen?
First and foremost, a sturdy stand, lighting system, tank, thermostat, heater and a good filtration system should be arranged. Additionally, you may consider decors, plants etc. Decorations may constitute stones, substrates, roots etc. Chemicals like chlorine are neutralized by water conditioners. You will also need a net and a bucket. Most essential is the fish food.
How are filters chosen?
Filtration systems comprise of chemical, mechanical and biological filters. The filtration system could be internal, the under-gravel one or external. External filters are most advisable and may cost you around $150. The under-gravel filtration system should be the last preference, though it can be used in conjunction with an external or internal filter to give good results.