Different Types of Aquariums for Your Home
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Different Types of Aquariums for Your Home

Most aquariums are rectangular shaped, stand alone pieces. Such aquariums can be placed on a large table or a box. In most cases these stand alone aquariums will come with a stand. This helps a hobbyist to position the aquarium anywhere in the room. But in a house a little bit of imagination can work wonders. Aquariums can be fitted in old TV cabinets where the cathode tube has been removed.

Adding an aquarium to a home makes the room look more beautiful. Aquariums have another purpose as studies have shown that observing fish alleviates stress which in turn reduces blood pressure. Not with standing this, aquariums are an excellent hobby which gives endless hours of pleasure.

Fish Bowl

The simplest form of an aquarium in a home  is the fish bowl. This is a large glass bowl open at the top, which is populated by the smaller variety of fish. For a novice this is an excellent introduction to the hobby. All you require is water, a glass bowl and fish. These can be purchased from the local fish store. The bowl requires frequent cleaning and can also be decorated with small stones and pebbles. It’s the simplest form of aquarium and extremely popular. The bowl requires no lighting and heating, but only certain types of fish can survive in a glass bowl. It’s best to consult the local fish dealer who will be in a position to guide the hobbyist.

Advanced Aquarium

In case a hobbyist wants to go in for an advanced aquarium, then he or she will have to decide the budget and the type of fish to be kept. The most popular is the square or rectangular tank aquarium with glass walls which is open at the top. The size of the tank will depend on the number and type of fish to be housed. The tank will require temperature control and lighting to give it an aesthetic look. A hobbyist will have to decide as to whether he wants to keep salt water or fresh water fish. Both types of fishes cannot be kept together. Fresh water fish are native to rivers and ponds, while saltwater fish reside in the ocean.

 For salt water aquarium the Ph quality of the water and the saline content will have to be maintained. Fresh water fish will also require that water be kept pure. Aquariums can be positioned in the living room or the bedroom and they will add to the look of the room.

An aquarium can also cultivate plants with very little fish. These are plant aquariums and have similar shapes to normal fish aquariums.

Positioning the Aquarium

Most aquariums are rectangular shaped, stand alone pieces. Such aquariums can be placed on a large table or a box. In most cases these stand alone aquariums will come with a stand. This helps a hobbyist to position the aquarium anywhere in the room. But in a house a little bit of imagination can work wonders. Aquariums can be fitted in old TV cabinets where the cathode tube has been removed. They can also be fitted into the wall. This will require work to be done by a mason and cost money. A better bet is to make an aquarium part of a showcase or cabinet. All that is required is a fertile imagination.

The size of the aquarium will also depend on the size of the room. Thus a large aquarium will not fit in a small room. The size of the aquarium will dictate the type of fish that has to populate the aquarium.

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