Fish Tank, Freshwater


Abigail Cayetano

Fishkeeping has been a hobby of our history, present, and possibly our future as more
people are beginning to show interest in the hobby. The only difference between the past and the present is that fishkeeping before was either part of agriculture or a luxury enjoyed by
wealthy people for entertainment purposes.
Today, fishkeeping is considered a hobby for many people and can range from mildly
affordable to crazy expensive. Starting a the fish tank can be difficult if you don’t know
everything you need to know about it. Here are some of the things you must keep in
mind when starting your freshwater fish tank.
The essential items you will need to start your fish tank are more than the simple tank and water. Fish have many necessities, like humans, to breathe and live in their environment. Other items are a filter, heater, water conditioner, a bubbler, and lights. The filter and heater provide a clean, warm environment for the fish. The bubbler creates bubbles in the water so that the fish can breathe, and the water conditioner makes the water you put in the tank safe for the fish.
Regular tap water cannot be used for fish tanks. The amount of chlorine can kill the fish. Filters and heaters depend on the chosen size of your tank, it is recommended to over filter your tanks, especially when owning fish that are known to be messy.
When thinking about what tank you would like, think about the amount of fish you want, the size tank you would like, and most importantly, how much space you have. If you live in a small apartment, chances are you wouldn’t have a 75-gallon tank in your room or living room. However, if you live in a house, you would have the space for a larger tank. Tanks are sold everywhere from pet stores to Craigslist, and it comes in different shapes and sizes with their different sets of dimensions. Finding a tank fit for your area is not nearly as difficult as you would think.
Once a tank size had been determined, the next step depends on the thought process of the fish-keeper. If you’d like to pick a tank substrate before picking your fish then the next step would be to figure out what kind of substrate you want. Although if you’d like to avoid any future
hassle, picking the fish you want before the substrate and aquarium decoration will be a lot easier.
This is because there are certain fish that may try to eat substrate or need certain aquarium
decoration to run away from hostile tankmates. Some fish tend to be predatorial and the other fishes.