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Different Types of Aquariums for Your Home

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Children and adults love to go to aquariums that house exotic fishes. Watching the fishes cavorting in the glass water tank is a great experience that can be soothing. In Mumbai inside the Sahara five star hotel there is a massive circular aquarium that also houses a small shark. It is located in the coffee shop and one can have a cup of coffee and also watch the fishes, not forgetting the shark, swim in water tank.

Many are tempted to set up their own aquariums in the house. This is a good idea and will not only give joy to children but also has a soothing effect on people suffering from high blood pressure.

Setting up a home aquarium is not a difficult proposition and one can take the advice of the local fish dealer. Even if you don't take his help, it is not difficult to read the many hobby books and videos on setting up a home aquarium and learn about the basics of setting up an aquarium in your house.

On sale in a shop in Dubai

On sale in a shop in Dubai

The acquarium

Fish bowl

The simplest form of an aquarium in a home is the fish bowl. This is ideal for the beginner and requires very little investment except your zeal and enthusiasm. The requirement is a large glass bowl open at one end. The large glass bowl can be populated by the smaller variety of fish. You can't keep many fish in the bowl and you will have to make do with just about 3 or 4 small fishes. These have to be fresh water fishes that can survive in ordinary water. For a novice this is an excellent introduction to the hobby. The glass bowl and fish can be purchased from the local fish store.

The bowl requires frequent cleaning and can also be decorated with small stones and pebbles. It’s the simplest form of aquarium and extremely popular. The bowl requires no lighting and heating, but only certain types of fish can survive in a glass bowl. Take the advise of a seasoned hobbyist or the local dealer. The best fishes to populate a glass bowl are Pygmy Corydora, Pea Pufferfish, Zebra Danios, Tetras, or Endler Gruppies. The last named is easy to keep and look after in a glass bowl.

You can even decorate the bowl with stones and shells to give it an exotic look. You may even like to hook the bowl on a stand and keep it on your dining or study table.

Tank aquariums

This is next step to graduate after you have got the hang of cultivating fish in a glass bowl. These come in many sizes and a visit to local fish dealer will help you decide faster. Mostly these tanks are either square or rectangular, but having an uncommon design like a circular cylinder is not uncommon.

Another aspect of these aquariums is the type of fish you wish to populate. You can either keep saltwater or fresh water fish. There can be no mixture of the species. Saltwater fish require a little more care as you will have to maintain a temperature control for tropical fish as well as the Ph quality of water. This has to be tested regularly.

The tank aquarium will also need some form of lighting to enhance the aesthetic value as well as help in temperature control of the water. In a aquarium shop you will come across tens of models of tanks and you can make a pick of them, keeping the requirement of your house and the place where you wish to keep the tank.

Bear in mind the tanks will need to be cleaned periodically and that is a chore you will have to do. You will also have to feed the fish at specified intervals but once you get into the groove the joy of having your aquarium is endless.

Luxury personified

Luxury personified

Last word

Aquariums are a great way to decorate your house and there are people who are pretty affluent who will install an aquarium in the bedroom just behind the head rest. This will give an exotic feel as well as create a romantic atmosphere. In case you are installing an aquarium in your bedroom you need to have a heated aquarium with tropical fish. In such a case humidity will be lowered and one can get a good sleep as well.

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An aquarium and its upkeep is time consuming and you will have to spare time for it. The effort is worthwhile as the fishes give endless joy.


Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on July 31, 2021:

You’re welcome.

MG Singh (author) from UAE on July 30, 2021:

Thank you, Mark, so nice you commented.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on July 29, 2021:

Had a good memory as a little boy going to the fish store on Saturdays. Thanks.

MG Singh (author) from UAE on July 25, 2021:

Devika, sweet of you to comment. Thank you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 25, 2021:

MG Singh your interesting ideas about aquariums are most helpful. It is however, not what I would do for myself but I know someone who has this as of great interest.

MG Singh (author) from UAE on July 24, 2021:

Peggy, sweet of you to comment. I am delighted you had a home aquarium, it must have been a wonderful experience.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2021:

Aquariums can be so beautiful! At one time, I had 2 of them but finally gave them away. I got tired of the upkeep. My favorites were the schooling fish like neons and others.

MG Singh (author) from UAE on July 24, 2021:

Thank you, Bill, its a pleasure to read your comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 24, 2021:

Passing this on! Thanks for the information. My family member loves these aquarium articles of yours.

MG Singh (author) from UAE on July 24, 2021:

Thank you John for sparing time and commenting

John D'Silvia on July 24, 2021:

Wonderful article MG, that fired me as I cultivate fish as well. Keeping an aquarium behind your bed is exciting and I must try it albeit a smaller one than shown in the photo.

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