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Types of Aquariums
Aquariums are made out of a variety of
materials: plate glass, Plexiglass, plywood, concrete, and fiberglass.
Each of these materials have their strengths and weaknesses, but you will
find that the majority of aquariums available in stores are made out of
plate glass, with an occasional one made of Plexiglass. Assuming that you
intend on sticking with the traditional plate glass tank that has been
around for years, there remains two basic categories that tanks fall into.
These are "tall" and "long". As one may ascertain from
the words, a "tall" refers to a tank which is taller than it is
long, and a "long" tank is one which is longer than it is tall.
After considering the above factors, generally the size of tank you will decide on will be apparent. If you are still having trouble deciding, the best thing to do is go to the fish store and take a look at the tanks they have set up. This may make the decision a little more clear.Cost of the aquarium
Freshwater aquariums tend to be a lot less expensive than saltwater aquarium systems. This is mainly due to two factors: the less complex filtering system, and the cost of the fish. As should be expected, the cost of a complete freshwater aquarium is proportional to its size. An average size of 24" x 12" x 12" freshwater aquarium setup with filter, gravel, wooden stand, hood and a few other additional extras will generally sell for around Rs.2,000/-. to Rs.4,000/-. Once you have invested in the initial costs, the costs of maintaining the aquarium will be rather limited. With the exception of replacing the filter and carbon occasionally, the only other costs will usually be to treat your fish for any sicknesses they may develop. This, however, can be a somewhat expensive investment. Treatment of fish could require the purchase of a small treatment tank and an air filtering system. The best thing to do is clean your tank regularly to reduce the chances of disease. Those who are starting an aquarium for the first time should consider starting with a freshwater aquarium before taking the plunge into a saltwater tank. This is mainly due to the cost involved. The initial costs of the aquarium will be lower, and the costs of the inhabitants in the aquarium will most likely be considerably less. For a more accurate estimate for the cost of a freshwater aquarium, it is advisable to visit your local pet store. You will most likely buy a setup there, and it helps to establish a good relationship with the employees there. Often, they will give you a little extra help if you have come in several times, and you can frequently learn quite a bit of information by talking with them. The bottom line is that the cost of a freshwater aquarium setup is going to be highly proportional to its size. It is best to go to the pet shop where you think you will be purchasing the setup, and take a look at their prices. Prices don't tend to range too much. The most important component is the filter. Take time to find out how the filtration system works. It is better to spend a little more money on the better filters. Your fish will be healthier, and the tank will last longer.