Aquariums are used for many reasons, including decorative purposes and their vital role in water chemistry. An aquarium is simply a tank of any size containing at least one transparent side where live aquatic animals or plants are housed and displayed. Many fishkeepers also use aquariums to maintain fish, amphibians, reptiles, and even aquatic plants. The most common aquariums here are the saltwater aquarium, freshwater aquarium, reef aquarium, and fish tank.
Most aquariums are maintained by changing the water conditions and providing the fish with food, oxygen, and waste removal. Aquarium equipment such as filters, pumps, and lighting are essential to maintaining the water conditions. There are two types of aquariums, the fish-filled aquarium, which is considered the most healthy type, and the dry aquarium, which are usually less healthy but can be more economical to run. Most fish-filled aquariums are well-balanced and do not require the high maintenance levels that dry aquariums need. This is mainly because fish have a biological filter system that removes contaminants from the water without chemical filtration.
The second type of aquariums is freshwater aquariums, also known as marine aquariums. Marine aquariums generally house saltwater animals and plants, but some freshwater aquariums may also contain deep-sea corals, live rock, and freshwater sponges. Most marine aquariums are well-maintained and provide good home aquariums for fish.
Freshwater aquariums require the lowest level of maintenance because they do not require any form of biological filtration or chemical filtration. Live plants in a freshwater aquarium also do not require any form of filtration or mechanical protection from algae growth. If you add fish to a freshwater aquarium, you will need to provide them with a water filtration system, such as a carbon block filter. The amount and type of water filtration system needed will depend on the size and oxygen concentration in the aquarium.
On the other hand, a marine aquarium houses different species of fish, like coral, cichlids, catfish, sharks, tunas, snails, etc. Fish in these aquariums may also come in different colors, like gold, silver, black, and red. They tend to grow to enormous sizes, which makes them some of the most expensive aquariums. They also provide home to other creatures, like turtles, crabs, shrimp, birds, and fishes that belong to another marine ecosystem. You will also see fishes swimming in the aquarium, which can make the aquarium worth viewing.
The tank used for keeping aquariums should also be carefully chosen. A good-quality aquarium will hold at least four gallons of water. It should also have at least two thousand gallons of water with the proper filtration system. Aquatic plants can help provide oxygen to the water, thus preventing the death of fish and other aquatic plants by providing them with food.
The tank itself should be at least sixteen gallons in size and the water should be clean and oxygenated. The best-known aquariums are those made of wood, or fiberglass. However, these tanks require a lot of maintenance. You will have to repaint the aquarium, clean it on a regular basis, and change water frequently if you want to keep the aquarium made of metal.
You may find tropical aquariums attractive, but they do not really compare to marine aquariums. You can also set up an aquarium in your office or living room if you have sufficient space. These aquariums look very beautiful and can be decorated with fish and other decor. An aquarium is an excellent investment that can serve you for many years if properly maintained. You will enjoy spending time relaxing in your aquarium, especially if there are fish in it.