Setting up Your First Fish Tank

Setting up Your First Fish Tank

Fish tanks come in many shapes and sizes. They range in size from small tabletop bowls to large aquariums holding many gallons of water. The concept of fish tanks has changed over the years. It used to be viewed just as a glass container for fish, but now, a fish tank can also be considered as art or furniture. In some homes, the fish tank is a design piece in the living room. They add a calming effect to the room. Their sound and the flowing motion of the fish swimming eases stress and help you relax. But where do you begin setting up your first fish tank? The first is learning a few basics about them.

Basic of Fish Tanks

The material used to make fish tanks has changed over the years. The traditional material was glass. Glass was slowly replaced by molded acrylic as the primary material. The advantage of using this as a which reduces the breakage danger. Ensures many years of enjoyment with your fish. You can find further details on how to select beautiful aquarium fish on life of fish website.


Fish tanks are not complete without their accessories. These accessories not only help decorate the tank but also help keep the fish healthy and happy. You don’t have to spend a lot if you have only a few fish in a bowl or small tank. However, if you plan to have a larger tank with larger or more fish, then you certainly need more accessories for your tank.

The Filter

While a small fishbowl doesn’t need a water filter system, as you get into the tank variety, a water filter makes it much easier to keep the water clean. And, if your tank can hold 10, 20 gallons or more of water, then you definitely need a water pump and filter that will help to keep the water clean and moving. Otherwise, you would need to change the water frequently as the water gets dirty quickly. Water needs fresh air to be introduced constantly, otherwise, the fish will suffocate. This is where the air filter comes in. It helps keep the air floating through the water constantly.


A light fixture that attaches to the top of the fish tanks provides light into the water. It affects fish behavior in different ways. It also, allows you to have live plants in your tank. Plus, you enjoy the fish much more when you can clearly see them.


Along with lighting, a heater is needed to keep the water at a constant ideal temperature for your fish.  Too cold and the fish slow down. Too hot can harm your fish.


It’s important to remember there are different needs for salt water fish then for fresh water fish. Accessories are pretty standard for your first fish tank unless you decide on a custom-made tank. In that case, you can consult with the manufacturer for advice. You may even be able to start with a tank that includes all the accessories.  How healthy and happy your fishes are depends on the amount of time and effort you put into the care of the fishes and the fish tanks.

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