How to Select the Right Size Aquarium Tank

How to Select the Right Size Aquarium Tank


There are a few misconceptions about considering the aquarium size. One of the most common misunderstandings among newbie aquarium enthusiasts is that the bigger the aquarium, the more maintenance it requires compared to the smaller ones. However, this is not entirely true. When choosing the right aquarium size, you must consider the amount of work you are willing to do, the space available in your home, and the type of aquarium species you want to thrive in. 


Types of Fish

It may seem uncommon to choose your aquarium fish before purchasing a tank, but doing so can help you find the right dimensions. If you decide to keep guppy and tetra fish, a 20- to 30-gallon tank is enough. However, larger fish species like saltwater fish and cichlids do need larger ones, like 50 gallons. So when making a decision about what size is best for your tank, always think in advance of your full-grown fish size rather than its current measurement. If you're just starting out, use the simple suggestion of buying one inch of fish for every gallon of tank size. 

Tank Maintenance

Regardless of tank size, if you set up your tank with the proper equipment, you should only need to perform a little maintenance. Your aquarium filter will perform the majority of the work to keep your tank water clean by filtering out trash and hazardous chemicals. Larger water levels allow for more leniency for aquarium hobbyist mistakes since they dilute toxins better than smaller quantities. To avoid getting excessively hard, the water in smaller tanks must be changed more regularly than in larger tanks.

Tank Size

Even before thinking about the size of your tank, consider the size and placement of the available space in your home. You have to think of the right position of your tank in a spot where it is not directly exposed to sunlight and is not always passed by people at home. You have to consider preventing any accidents and exposure to heat to avoid algae growth. Before buying a tank, check the measurement of the space you want to put it in, and make sure that the furniture is sturdy and steady enough to hold the fish tank you desire. It should also be in a spot where you can access it quickly for maintenance. 

Overall, choosing the appropriate tank size for your fish is easy, as long as you have enough space at home. No matter what size tank you pick, there are a few basic steps you can take to keep it clean and healthy. 

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