Benefits and Drawbacks of Rocks and Woods as Aquarium Decor

19 Apr

If you own a fish tank, you might consider adding some decorations inside the tank so that your fish will not be lonely inside. Aquarium decorations also will help your tank not to look empty. Many people would love to gaze a tank that has rocks or woods inside.   Rocks and wood help to give a similar look of the natural environment for the fish. Yet, there are few things to be considered prior to adding these decors to your aquarium. We will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of using these decors inside your freshwater fish tank.

Pros 

Here are the pros relating to the use of rocks and wood in your fish tank:

  • Rocks or wood can be useful in setting specific water parameters that your fish needs. For instance, several kinds of rocks like Texas Holey Rock and Limestone will raise the pH of the tank and serve as a barrier at times. On the contrary, driftwood often lowers the pH and tends to soften the water.
  •  Some fishes feed themselves with algae from the rocks or wood on their natural habitat, some fish even eat the wood itself. Placing rocks or woods in your fish tank will give your fishes extra instinctual activities at the same time giving them a healthy and natural diet.
  • These objects also provide a great area for certain bacteria to nitrify and build colony. These are good bacteria that help get rid of harmful substances such as ammonia and nitrites from your fish tank.
  • Almost all aquarium hobbyists opt to keep fishes in an environment which is nearly similar to their natural habitat. This isn’t as vital as before since many fishes today are bred in captivity, however, it’s still nice to see fishes inside a tank which is a replica of their natural environment.
  • Some fishes, especially the non-aggressive kind tend to hide themselves from the aggressive type, thus, rocks or woods are great areas to hide. Rocks or woods will also make fish feel safer if they are used in living in caves. Moreover, these decors are a possible breeding area or laying of eggs for fishes!
  • The most common advantage of rocks or woods is just for visual purposes, just a decor. Your tank will definitely look fantastic if you incorporate gorgeous designs such as stylish rocks or a stunning piece of driftwood. For some aquarists who go for the natural look, adding stones or woods inside the tank will help you attain your goal of setting up a natural habitat for your fishes.

Cons

Here are some of the cons regarding with the adding of rocks or woods in your tank.

  • Too much is never good! So if you place a lot of rocks or woods inside your tank, it will be harder for you to clean your tank without removing all of them, added time will bother you. Naturally, uneaten foods will be trap on the back of the rocks which later on will cause a bad water quality and it is harmful for your fish. Some uneaten foods will sink to the substrate behind these rocks or woods, though you can use vacuum to clean the substrate it is still hard to do this if you have these objects, it will be okay if you remove all these from your tank while doing so. If you really wanted to put a lot of rocks or woods inside your tank, then tell yourself to be ready for the cleaning time, because you need to remove all of them to clean the tank properly.
  • Putting rocks or woods also will make it hard to catch fish out of the tank or locating the dead ones. As said earlier, it is a good place to hide; therefore, catching fish will be a problem without taking these rocks or woods first out of the tank.
  • There are certain rocks or wood that affects the water parameters in your tank, and this will be harmful to your fishes especially those who prefer a fix water parameter level. If you put driftwood in an African cichlid tank, the cichlids favor a higher pH and the driftwood will provide a more acidic environment.
  • Almost all rocks are heavy. Even if you have a glass or acrylic aquarium which is ready for great weights, set limits on it. It is recommended not to put too much weight at the bottom of the fish tank or at the back glass of the tank. One good thing to do if you want to load too much weight in your tank is to purchase an egg crate, cut it to size and place it on the bottom of your tank, underneath the substrate. The egg crate will help scatter the weight of the rocks.
  • At some instances, putting rocks or woods will serve an eyesore for some of the fish tank viewers. Driftwoods can stain the water of the tank if not boiled properly. This is great if you prefer a black aquarium or cloudy water inside your tank but obviously, we all know that you don’t! Algae are known for having a good offer to the fish tank, but too much of it will harm the fishes and the whole tank. Rocks or woods can be a great place for algae to thrive in. A thin layer of algae is nice to see on rocks or woods but if a mass of algae thrives in obviously it’s not good to see them.

Aquarium decors enhance the beauty of your tank, but be cautious of the things that might happen inside the tank if you have these decorations.

Essential Parts of Kids Aquariums

15 Feb

Fish are quiet and calm pets. Even though fish is a very low maintenance pets, you should keep in mind that some fish do require a bit of work. It can be a great challenge to maintain the healthy condition of the fish and to keep the tank clean. But before going deeper on the maintenance, you need to know first what you need to set up your kids fish tank.

Below are the things that will complete your desired kids aquarium.

Tank – Go for the big one; erase the idea that a perfect kid’s aquarium is a small one because you think it’s cute and easy to maintain. Well, they say that the smaller the aquarium the easier it is to clean it but it’s totally the opposite.  So grab a bigger fish tank for your little one. Take into consideration also the material of the aquarium; it can be made of glass or acrylic. Glass is cheaper compared to acrylic however, be reminded that you are trying to set up your kids aquarium and you know for the fact that kids are kids and they love to play. If you have younger kids then it’s best to opt for an acrylic type of aquarium because it’s not breakable. However if you have older kids and you know they are responsible enough to take care their own fish tank, a clear glass type is a good choice.

Aquarium Stand – Aquarium stands come in many various designs that allow you to match your budget and home decor. When selecting a stand for your kids fish aquariums you should pick one that will sufficiently support the weight of the aquarium and one that will match your child’s taste.

Aquarium Substrate Whether you opt for sand, gravel, soil or clay, the bottom part of the aquarium is very vital especially for planted tanks. The bottom substrate plays an important role in tank the tank set up and maintaining a healthy environment for the fish and for the plants which live there.

Water Heater – Most freshwater and reef aquariums are maintained at temperatures that range from 22-30 °C (71-86 °F). There are several types of water heater, for instance, glass immersion heaters and under gravel heating and there are also heating mats that may be placed under the aquarium. Keep the water temperature of your child’s fish tank warm. This is very essential for maintaining the good condition of the fish.

Water An aquarium will never be called aquarium without water! Of course, in order for your kids aquarium to be ready you have to put water inside the tank. But what kind of water is appropriate to use? There are different sources of water for your aquarium, some of which are tap water which is the most common, collected water from streams or lakes, rain water that is a little risky, bottled water if other source of water is unsafe, Reverse Osmosis or De-Ionized Water that is available in pet stores, water from other aquariums and many more. But for beginners, tap water is recommended by experts, aside from the fact that it is cheap it is easy to find obviously. However, tap water can be a little dangerous too, they can be chlorinated which is harmful to your fish but no need to worry, since there are chlorine remover available in the market.

Filter System – Aquarium filters get rid of soluble chemical and physical waste products from fish and other stuff inside the aquariums. It is really a help for keeping your kids aquarium clean and healthy. Moreover, aquarium filters are essential to sustain life as aquariums are fairly small, closed volumes of water compared to the natural environment of most fish.

Air Pump – The air pump is an important part of the aquarium, especially if the fish tank has no power filter to make surface interruption for more oxygenation. Although a separate air stone can be used for further aeration. However, air pump has negative aspect and that is the noise they create especially when something is vibrating against it.

Light – Inappropriate or inadequate aquarium lighting can cause fish stress, poor growth and health, minimal activity and coloration of fish. The purpose of fish tank lights is to replicate the natural conditions of light in their natural habitat. The appropriate level of daylight that most aquarium fishes needs is up to 12 hours each day and it’s up to you to provide them the standard days and nights or give them more than that.

Air Stone – Any aquariums must have air stone to be more functional. It gradually diffuses oxygen into the tank, removing the noise and large bubbles of conventional air filtration systems, and offering other benefits to your child’s fish health.

Background – Aquarium backgrounds give a greater depth and visual appeal to the viewers. There are many fish tank backgrounds available, from cheap to expensive, from plain to very decorative. Choosing your kids fish tank’s background depends on the choice of your child but of course with your supervision.

Plants (real plants or artificial) – Water plants are not only great for aquarium, but they are good for fish too. They provide shadow to fish which is helpful for shy fish.  Plants are used as a spawning nest for some fish. They also serve as food for plant eating fish. Of course in some tanks, with big plant eating fish, real plants are hope less to live and it will be better to choose plastic plants.

Rocks or Flower pots – The tank should be furnished with rock structures or other aquarium ornaments like flower pots to provide hiding and breeding places for fish. When constructing rock structures, be sure that they are stable and will not collapse on burrowing fish. The right types of rocks for the aquarium include granite, lave, slate, quartz, basalt and sandstone.

Fish– It is obvious that when you opt for a bigger fish tank, you have to collect a number of fishes to fill your aquariums. If you have few fishes then your kids aquarium will just look empty.  Fish varies from the type of environment they live. Yes, all fishes live in the water but they differ in the type of water, some are fresh water and some are saltwater. Make certain of the type of aquarium you are trying to set up so that you will not be confused to what type of fish you will get to fill your child’s aquarium.

Fish food – Feeding the fish is the exciting for kids, well even for adults. Kids should be guided in feeding their pets, they might overfeed the fish and will make the tank dirty and the food will just be wasted. You should also check the food for your child’s fish; fish foods normally contain macro nutrients, trace elements and vitamins needed to keep fish in good health.  Some fish foods also contain additives like beta carotene to artificially improve the color of ornamental fish.

The essential parts mentioned above will somehow cost you a little high, yet later on you will realize that everything is worth it. Each of the parts mentioned play a very important role in maintaining the wellness of the tank and the organisms in it. Moreover, failure of completing the necessary parts of the aquariums may cause your aquarium to be ineffective. Though there are stores that offer you a cheaper material needed to complete your child’s fantasy of water world, however, don’t fall into the trap of the idea that the cheapest the material the better it is to purchase, think over about the quality and the years of staying durable. Your child’s laughter and smile are priceless, so forget about the cost of putting up your kids aquariums. A happy learning moment for you and your child is waiting. Once you have purchased all the necessary parts needed for the aquarium, prepare yourself and your kids in setting up your first kids aquarium and have fun with the new members of the family, your fish pets!

 

Setting up your First Aquarium

14 Feb


Freshwater or Saltwater?

Saltwater fish tanks can very expensive to put together and keep. The marine life will cost more and so are vulnerable. Also, they are more difficult to locate. When you turn into an expert hobbyist, saltwater can be quite a fulfilling journey. As a newbies, fresh water is recommended. The rest of this post is in accordance with organizing a freshwater tank.

The tank!

Fish tank dimension is significant. To begin with, you should consider how much space you have got at your place or even your office. A good size is 15 gallons or more. There are actually small aquariums compared to this and are generally ideal, considering you don’t overcrowd your fish tank. A lot of the fish you find inside the pet store are at an early age and has not attained mature size though. For instance, tetras will stay small but angelfish will develop big. African cichlids develop more slowly but grow big eventually.

These days, you have an option between acrylic or glass aquariums. Acrylic tanks weigh less than glass but needed to be entirely reinforced underneath the platform. Aside from that, acrylic scratches easily, but one can find products accessible to help conceal the marks. Make sure you own a stand adequate to fit the body weight. To illustrate, a 20-gallon fish tank weighs 225 pounds when full of water.

You should not put the aquarium on immediate sunlight or perhaps a spot where you can find drafts. Plan in advance the area where you can place the aquarium. You may not want to transfer the tank filled with water. It is not only quite heavy but the movement of the water will strain the seams on the tank.

Do you want a light and cover on your fish tank?

You need the light source when you have live plants and when you desire to enjoy the oozing radiant of life about your fishes. When you have fish jumpers, a canopy is a must. There’s a choice between fluorescent or incandescent lighting. Fluorescent lamps can be more expensive to get but help to reveal the real colors and pigmentation of your fish. Incandescent lightings are less costly but they are a little bit dimmer and you’ll require a grow light for live plants. Incandescent light fixtures can warm up the tank and are more expensive to operate and less energy-efficient. Fluorescent lights, however,  are cooler around the tank and turn up to be less expensive in the long run.

If you like your kids to have their own aquariums you can shop at KidsAquariums.com where the newest designs of fish tanks are featured.

 

Kris Cribs | The Wall Aquarium and its Advantages

13 Sep

The wall aquariums are artworks mixed with technology and convenience. It’s quite like a fish tank which is mounted to a wall like a plasma TV or a painting.

Here is a list of top reason why these aquariums are really popular nowadays.

The Benefits of a Wall aquarium

1. Safe and Secure

The wall aquariums are safer and secure home decoration item.

Keeping an aquarium inside your home is really an accident prone matter, especially when you have children. Selecting a wall aquarium give you a peace of mind as it is out of reach of your kids and thus less chances of accidents.

2. Maintenance

It’s quite easy to clean and maintain the wall mounted aquarium. As compared to typical stand placed aquariums, the wall mounted ones prevent accidents while cleaning it. The typical fish tanks have a lot of issues while cleaning it but the wall aquariums are better in this aspect.

3. What are the benefits

You’ll be surprised to see that the aquarium is means of bringing in prosperity in to your place. Researches and the studies reveal that the site of this constantly running water aquarium can positively contribute towards your health.

4. Space efficient

Wall mountable aquariums are space friendly as these can be installed and mounted on the walls. Thus, if you have some limited area and you want to decorate it with an aquarium, you could also select wall fish aquariums. These could easily accommodate on any apartment and as compared to the typical aquariums these are more convenient

5. Dramatic Aesthetics

The wall aquariums portray a dramatic appeal and lift up the spirit of any place. The unique and aesthetic design of this fine artwork complements the interiors and brings in a soothing impression.

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