Aquariums are visually appealing, adding color and serenity to your home. Beyond that, they are fascinating environments that support a plethora of aquatic life.
Are you thinking of adding an aquarium to your home? Before you take the leap, it’s important to understand the different types of aquariums available so that you can choose the best one for you.
Read on to learn more:
Freshwater Aquarium Options
If you’ve decided to go for a freshwater aquarium in your home, there are a couple of options to choose from. The best option for you will depend on fish compatibility and the type of aquatic life you hope to support. Always keep your tank as healthy as possible with macroalgae for aquariums to support optimum life.
Passive Freshwater Community Tank
These community types of fish tanks support fish that are passive and non-territorial. You can have a mix of schooling and non-schooling fish and there are plenty of species to choose from. These include, but are not limited to, Angelfish, Silver Dollars, and Rainbowfish.
This is a fantastic aquarium if you want to keep a wide range of species and the diverse mix creates a stunning visual effect.
A planted aquarium works best with passive community fish but also supports slightly more aggressive fish such as freshwater sharks. When working with live plants in an aquarium you need to be more considerate about the type of fish that will live there and the type of plants that are compatible with those fish.
For example, goldfish and cichlids need thick leafed plants with covered roots so that the fish cannot dig at the roots.
Semi Aggressive Community Tank
These types of aquarium fish are aggressive, often attacking, killing, and eating other fish. If you want an aquarium full of action, this is the way to go. However, it will need to be fairly large to support the semi-aggressive fish.
You’ll want to stock this type of aquarium with fish around the same size and be prepared to remove very aggressive alpha males. Barbs, plecos, and freshwater ‘sharks’ are good options for this type of aquarium.
Saltwater Aquarium Options
To bring a bit of the ocean into your home, try out one of these amazing saltwater tanks. Take time to think about the type of fish and life you want to support in the aquarium and let that guide your decision.
Fish-Only Saltwater Aquarium
This aquarium is exactly as it sounds. What goes in an aquarium? In this type, only saltwater fish species with base rock and no coral, live rock, or live plants.
Similar to the above type of aquarium except with the addition of live rock. The live rock is pieces of fragmented coral reef buzzing with marine life that includes sponges and invertebrates.
Coral Reef Tank
If you’re going for the WOW factor, this is a visually stunning aquarium option. It replicates a vibrant ocean environment with soft and hard coral, invertebrates, and a variety of saltwater fish species.
Specialty Species Aquarium
Specialty tanks focus on one specific species. These can be either saltwater or freshwater. In a freshwater tank, you may have a Goldfish tank, for instance. In a saltwater specialty tank, it may be dedicated to only jellyfish or rays.
So Many Types to Choose From, Which Is Right for You?
With so many types of aquariums to choose from it’s important to ask yourself a few questions. What type of fish or other aquatic life are you interested in? Are you looking for something visual or full of action? There’s no doubt that whatever you choose it will be a wonderful addition to your home!
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