What Kind of Fish Tank do You Want?
You are setting out on the freshwater side of the hobby or why else would you be here…right?
This site will go though the processes to set up your best fish tank, but before we go to far into the best aquariums, lets have a quick glimpse what you may want move into.
The aquarium hobby has three basic systems:
- Freshwater System
- Saltwater System
- Brackish System
The fish, plants, equipment, tanks and management will be different for each type of system.
We will discuss over the next few articles a brief overview of each type of set up and give you ideas of initial set up cost, difficultly level, space considerations and availability of species.
Fresh Water Systems
Freshwater aquariums and fish tanks are the most commonly practiced hobby and ideal for a beginner for a few reasons:
A freshwater system is not quite as expensive as a saltwater aquarium– Saltwater aquariums require additional equipment and generally larger tanks.
- Freshwater fish are generally cheaper than marine fish– its always better to work wth less expensive fish an buying exensice fish and lsing them.
- Freshwater fish are generally more ready available from most aquarium shops than the marine fish– Marine fish are more sensitive to water conditions than freshwater fish which can have a more varied water conditions and still survive.
- Generally freshwater fish breed more easily– you may have the opportunity to sell your fish back to your local fish shop.
- You can have more fish– With the same size tank you can keep more freshwater fish than you could mariine fish.
Freshwater systems can come in two types either tropical or coldwater.