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How to have a Home Aquarium

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The author is an air warrior, military historian and writer on warfare and military history


Home aquarium

When I first came to Dubai I visited the Burj Khalifa. This is the tallest man-made structure in the world and it's something that is really imposing. The Burj among other things has a wonderful aquarium as well. The latest addition to the aquarium is a crocodile from Australia. Obviously such animals you cannot have in an aquarium you can certainly plan to have a small aquarium with fishes which will keep you entertained for days and weeks on end.

A home aquarium is an excellent hobby. Along with being an exciting hobby, which can help a hobbyist pass hours of time, it is also not without medical significance. Studies have shown that people who keep aquariums in their homes are able to better monitor and lower their blood pressure. Watching the fish frolic in the water tank alleviates tension. The reason is simple as your mind digresses from everyday chores and you can immerse yourself watching the fish frolic around.

Fish Bowl

The basic ingredient of an aquarium is a container to house the fish. The simplest form is the large glass bowl, so common in drawing rooms and pictures. This is also called a fishbowl. This is a large glass bowl open at the top, which is populated by a smaller variety of fish. For a novice, this is an excellent introduction to the hobby. All you require is water, a glass bowl, and fish. These can be purchased from the local fish store.

Fishbowls are available in various shapes and sizes. A small bowl will be ideal if you just want one pet for your child. The ½ gallon bowl is typically the smallest available fishbowl in pet stores. I will recommend these 5 types of fish for your bowl. They are Betta Fish, Endler Guppies, Sparkling Gourami, Ember Tetras, Zebra Danios. The common guideline is that every one inch of a fish will need one gallon of water. You can also get 1.5 or 2-gallon containers.

A minimum of three gallons is ideal for keeping your pets in a fishbowl. The bowl will typically measure 12″ × 6″ × 8″, and weigh 27 lb.

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. It’s best to consult the local fish dealer who will be in a position to guide the hobbyist.

The second type of home aquarium is what is called an advanced aquarium this consists of a large tank and you can buy whatever size you want depending upon the size of your room and house.


Further choices

Advanced Aquarium

In case a hobbyist wants to go in for an advanced aquarium, then he or she will have to decide the budget and the type of fish to be kept. The most popular is the square or rectangular tank aquarium with glass walls which are open at the top. The size of the tank will depend on the number and type of fish to be housed. The tank will require temperature control and lighting to give it an aesthetic look. A hobbyist will have to decide as to whether he wants to keep salt water or fresh water fish. Both types of fishes cannot be kept together. Freshwater fish are native to rivers and ponds, while saltwater fish reside in the ocean.

For the saltwater aquarium, the Ph quality of the water and the saline content will have to be maintained. Freshwater fish will also require that water be kept pure. Aquariums can be positioned in the living room or the bedroom and they will add to the look of the room.

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An aquarium can also cultivate plants with very little fish. These are plant aquariums and have similar shapes to normal fish aquariums.

Positioning the Aquarium

Most aquariums are rectangular-shaped, stand-alone pieces. Such aquariums can be placed on a large table or a box. In most cases, these stand-alone aquariums will come with a stand. This helps a hobbyist to position the aquarium anywhere in the room. But in a house, a little bit of imagination can work wonders. Aquariums can be fitted in old TV cabinets where the cathode tube has been removed. They can also be fitted into the wall. This will require work to be done by a mason and cost money. A better bet is to make an aquarium part of a showcase or cabinet. All that is required is a fertile imagination.

The size of the aquarium will also depend on the size of the room. Thus a large aquarium will not fit in a small room. The size of the aquarium will dictate the type of fish that has to populate the aquarium


Last word

Generally, most people will prefer freshwater fish because these are easier to maintain. There is a wide variety of freshwater fish available with your local dealer. He will normally have the fish displayed in a large container and you will be able to watch them and make your selection. The fish come in vivid colors also and will brighten up your room and the aquarium. My suggestion is to go in for the smaller fish as they are easier to cultivate than the bigger fish.

The ideal tank would normally be a tank size of 20 gallons and warm water with a pH between 7.0-7.8.Among the fishes Mollies will require a diet of both plant and animal food. They are livebearers, meaning they give birth to their young live and don't lay eggs. Mollies are very easy to look after and they breed very easily. You could also go in for the Neon Tetra or the Sunburst platy. The list is endless and you will really have a difficult choice when making a selection from the dealer.

Maintaining an aquarium requires constant attendance and you will have to look after the aquarium very frequently maybe 2 to 3 times in a day. As far as the cost is concerned it is not much and is extremely affordable but the pleasure of having an aquarium in your bedroom or living room is something that you would relish.


MG Singh (author) from UAE on April 27, 2021:

Tom, this is sad. How come all the animals died? It must be a terrible experience.

MG Singh (author) from UAE on April 27, 2021:

Thank you Billy, so nice you commented. I also have dogs but manage with an aquarium as well. I enjoy watching the wish and it's so relaxing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 27, 2021:

One more hobby I wish I had time for. I'm a bit concerned about our dogs around an aquarium, but bottom line is I just don't have the time for it. I can sure understand why people like it, though.

MG Singh (author) from UAE on April 27, 2021:

Thank you Devika, so nice you commented.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 27, 2021:

MG Singh A home aquarium sounds a good hobby and can keep one entertained by the fish. Interesting and something to think about for when I have time for that.

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