The following article will provide some tips on tropical fish tanks for beginners who are a little confused about the Saltwater fish tank variety (also referred to as Marine) and the Freshwater fish tank. Confusion can start with basic things like, “Do I need a bigger tank if keeping Saltwater tropical fish, than what is needed for freshwater”. Simple answer is no, although some might suggest different, there is no real necessity for having a bigger tank. That being said, small tropical fish tanks will be more difficult to control the environmental balance and health of the fish compared to large tropical fish tanks.
Tropical Fish Tanks For Beginners – What Size?
The usual scenario does apply when buying a fish tank, i.e. buy the biggest tank your pocket and room space will afford from whatever pet fish supplier you use. Cheap tropical fish tanks although smaller will still allow the beginner to participate in the keeping of fish, be it saltwater or freshwater. The reef tank can turn out a bit costly due to the lighting required in these setups. The cost of stocking a saltwater tank with fish species is higher, just another point to bear in mind especially if funds are low.
It’s generally accepted that keeping freshwater tropical fish is easier than looking after the saltwater variety, although there is learning to be done no matter which direction you choose to go. There are many books written on both systems that will get you off on the correct footing. These books will go into a lot more detail than can be covered by an article like this, which will cover the basic differences.
Obviously the saltwater tropical fish tank should imitate as closely as possible the ocean environment to accommodate your choice of fish. The levels of salt in these tanks to aim for should be around 35PPT.
The freshwater tropical fish tank on the other hand should attempt to copy a river or a lake type of home that these freshwater fish would thrive in.
The temperature of the water for tropical fish to survive will need to be maintained at around 77 degrees Fahrenheit, equal to 25 degrees Centigrade. Not only will the fish need these temperatures, but if you intend to have live plants in the aquarium, they to will require these same water temperatures.
Unless you want spend a great deal of your time removing algae from the aquarium, keep the tank out of direct sunlight. The sun will encourage growth of the algae as well as lead to fluctuations of the water temperature which is bad for the inhabitants.
Here is a video of a small 10 gallon tropical fish tank. I think you’ll agree that it’s pretty well stocked.
The owner of this tropical aquarium will be moving up to a larger sized tank, but will have learned a lot from this smaller version. His set-up looks pretty smart and proves the point that tropical fish tanks for beginners can be small a swell as large.