Many people are attracted to ads that read fish tanks for sale. However, before you jump in and purchase your first fish tank, which catches your eye, do some research.
The biggest factor to consider when buying a tank is what you want to keep in it. You should spend some time investigating the local pet stores and see which fish you might be interested in owning. Different fish have different needs.
The general rule of thumb for an aquarium is one inch of fish per gallon. When you are making your basic calculations, you have to think in terms of an adult fish. With proper care, all of your fish should reach their full size and you have to ensure that their environment will provide them with adequate living space. Once you know what you are going to put in the tank, start looking at actual aquariums.
There are two basic options when it comes to fish tanks for sale. You can either buy a starter package/ kit or you can purchase everything separately. If you are a first time tank owner you might want to choose the first option.
A good kit will provide you with all of the basic pieces of equipment that you will need to set up your tank. Read the list of items carefully on each package, not all products offer the same items. Anything that is not included you will have to buy separately, and fish accessories are not cheap. This can be a concern if you are on a strict budget.
Make certain that there is a filter, proper water balance is essential to maintaining healthy living conditions. If you want to have tropical fish you are going to need a heater. Kits normally have some kind of light. Check the light and see what the wattage is. If you are planning to have plants, you have to ensure that your canopy can handle the lighting that you want to employ. You should also see if there is a thermometer included.
You need to have a water testing kit. Many first time aquarium owners do not realize the importance of checking the water regularly. This is especially vital when are you are setting up a brand new tank. You have to ensure that the balance of the tank is correct before you introduce your fish. Failure to so this can have tragic results.
The great thing about buying a kit is that almost all of the big decisions have been made for you. There are hundreds of filters and heaters, and if you are a new hobbyist, you will have a large learning curve. Rather, than trying to understand everything at once, the easier solution is to buy a kit and learn things at a gradual pace.
The second option that you have is to buy “freestyle”. This is the choice that many experienced aquarium owners pick. When you buy everything separately, you can completely customize your tank.
You can decide where to put the filter. Some people like to have an underground filter system, whereas others prefer a filter that hangs on the outside of the aquarium. You can also choose which pieces of equipment you want and need. You may discover that you do not need all the items that are in the kit. You may discover that you already have some of the products included in a kit and have no need for new ones.
A kit or freestyle, either choice is fine provided that you make an informed decision. Fish tanks for sale are ads that you should read carefully. You want to make the best choice for your new pets.