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Things you need to as an Aquarium Hobbyist
An Aquarium. An aquarium of 76 liters (20 gallons) or
more is recommended for marine systems. For a freshwater system, it is
recommended to begin with a 38 liter (10 gallon) aquarium.
An Aquarium Filter. An undergravel filter with at least
one or two airlift tubes is advisable for most systems.
Gravel. Most types of gravel will work for a freshwater
system. A gravel is calcareous (containing calcium) is recommended for marine
systems, although it is not recommended for fresh water systems that require a
low pH. The gravel should be 2-3 inches thick on top of the undergravel filter
to provide the correct filtering capacity of the aquarium.
Outside filters.A filter unit which consists of a plastic
compartment that hangs on the outside of the aquarium is another good filter to
use. It pulls water from the aquarium and runs it through both a filter fiber
and activated carbon. This also does a good job of circulating the water.
Air There are many different styles and sizes of air
pumps that can be used for aquariums. The size of the air pump depends upon the
size of the aquarium in use. Standard air-line tubing can be found in all
aquarium shops. An air stone should be placed at the end of the tubing and
placed in the airlift tubes. This will provide air and circulation to your
aquarium and will also help the undergravel filter to operate normally.
Powerhead pumps also help to circulate water and some are equipped with a
venturi that helps to aerate.
Aquarium Heater. The temperature of the water is
very important. If there are variances in the temperature of the water it can
lead to the death of your fish. A constant temperature is recommended. Tropical
aquariums do well at temperatures of 23 to 28 C (73 to 82 F). There are many
different types of heaters available. The correct size is determined by the
number of liters of water in the aquarium.
Lights and reflectors. The aquarium should be covered at
all times. The covers reduce evaporation and also keep the fish from jumping out
of the aquarium. Most reflectors or hoods are made of plastic or stainless
steel. If you have a saltwater aquarium, the hood should be a noncorrosive
material. It is advisable to choose a hood with a florescent lamp.