How to choose an aquarium for your home?
The modern industry offers more Aquariums on Jiji Nigeria of various shapes and sizes, as well as the so-called “ready-made solutions” (Plug-and-go) – a tank fully equipped with all the necessary equipment (built-in filter, lighting, heating system, etc.).
the need to conduct an electrician and protect it from water
you will need to hide the equipment from small children, pets reliably
Easy to install and connect
no need to select and install equipment
manufacturer’s warranty for all components
relatively high cost
dependence in consumables from specific manufacturers
Ready-to-use solutions are the right choice for beginner hobbyists looking to keep simple popular fish. However, they are not suitable for species that need special conditions (Killy, Loach, Discus, and others). In this case, the built-in equipment may not be enough, or vice versa; some will be redundant.
Which material to choose – glass or acrylic
Glass and acrylic are two of the most popular aquarium materials. Acrylic aquariums, unlike glass aquariums, are more expensive but stronger (impact resistance) and lighter. Besides, they have less thermal conductivity, which means that the water cools down more slowly, which will save on electricity. The advantages of glass tanks are relatively low cost and scratch resistance.
Stand for the aquarium, what to look for
Regardless of whether acrylic or glass is used, a full tank will be heavy. For example, a 90-liter tank can weigh 130 kg. Household furniture will probably not handle these loads, so consider purchasing a unique cabinet/stand or cabinet that can hold the weight of your aquarium.
The curbstones not only support the aquarium but also serve as a storage space for various supplies. You can put external filters and other electrical equipment in it, hide the wiring, etc.
What size aquarium should I choose?
This question is not as simple as it might seem. Numerous websites, specialized literature, and other sources provide various methods for calculating an aquarium’s size. As a rule, they suggest using the ratio: surface area and water volume for each centimeter of fish.
Surface area is of crucial importance as gas exchange occurs at the air/water interface. The larger it is, the more efficiently the aquarium “breathes.”
The most common formula is 1 cm fish length = 2 liters and 30 cm² surface area. It means that for one 5 cm fish, you need at least 10 liters of water with a surface area of 150 cm² (tank ten × 15 cm). According to the formula, ten such fish will require an aquarium of at least 100 liters.
This calculation only applies to aquariums that receive regular maintenance and are equipped with a water purification system.
The behavior of specific species of fish also affects the capacity of the aquarium. If those same ten fish are Koridoras catfish, then 100 liters will be enough for them. However, this volume will not be enough; the same applies to territorial species.
Thus, the aquarium volume is determined by the size of the adult fish that will live in it, the peculiarities of their behavior, the presence of a productive filtration system, the regularity, and completeness of the procedures for maintaining the aquarium.