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Fish keeping for ornamental purposes is an ancient tradition believed to have started during the Sumerian period. Archeologists believe aquaculture and fish farming underwent a natural progression toward ornamental ponds around the year 4,500 B.C., and this probably caught the attention of visitors and invaders from Asia, where the aquarium hobby has always enjoyed a relation with spiritual beliefs. In Japan, koi ponds are often maintained as part of Buddhist temples because ornamental carp species are symbols of fortune and perseverance. In many regions of China, aquariums are placed in commercial and residential spaces as part of the feng shui practice, which advocates certain placement of objects for the purpose …

Fish keeping can be broken down into two main categories that conform to the major aquatic ecosystems: freshwater and saltwater. The most popular aquariums are of the freshwater kind, and saltwater aquariums are often subcategorized as saltwater reef aquariums because of the difference in filtration and lighting needs. Deciding which of these ecosystems you wish to recreate within an enclosed habitat should be the first step to take as you get started in the fish keeping hobby. The Main Difference Between Freshwater and Saltwater Aquariums One of the many joys of the aquarium hobby is that you get to learn a lot from the world we live in. If you …

When you review aquarium maintenance guides, you’ll notice most of them recommend bottled bacteria as one of the most essential fish tank supplies and adding small doses of the bacteria each time a water change is performed. Other guides don’t include this recommendation at all. Instead, they suggest adding a few drops of enhanced water conditioner, which is incorrect. Some fish keepers will tell you there’s no need to add more bacteria to a freshwater or reef tank as long as you’re doing everything to keep ammonia levels as close to zero as possible, and this is also fake news. Not-so-new research confirms the necessity of healthy bacteria and the …

A freshwater or reef aquarium is a type of enclosed aquatic ecosystem consisting of various parts. The external base of the tank makes contact with a horizontal support element. Right above this part, on the other side of the glass, is the bottom, which should always consist of an adequate substrate. Adequate in this instance means the right combination of materials and elements that will be conducive to the intended ecosystem and all species within the tank. Let’s review some of these elements and how adequate they can be for various tanks. Gravel This is the most popular substrate material, and it will be suitable for most tanks as long …

One of the most memorable episodes of the Animal Planet reality television series Tanked involved a massive aquarium installed in the bedroom of Chad Ochocinco, a retired NFL player who lives in an upscale Miami mansion. The 350-gallon tank in question took up the entire headboard and most of the wall behind the king-size bed, and it was one of many amazing aquariums in the home of the former wide receiver. While not everyone can afford to set up an aquarium that essentially serves as a bed frame, many fish keepers think about installing a tank in the bedroom, and this is an idea that has some advantages as well …

A freshwater or reef tank in the lobby of a commercial space can add a considerable touch of class to your business. In Asia, architects who design commercial spaces often place the lobby facing north. This is done so proprietors can follow the feng shui tradition of placing an aquarium oriented toward luck and prosperity. Coastal hotels and seafood restaurants are known to install tanks in their lobby areas to greet visitors, but many dental clinics have also taken up this practice as a means of easing the anxieties of patients in waiting rooms. Once you decide a nice aquarium is what your lobby needs to really come alive, you …

There are various ways to measure success in the world of fish keeping. Some aquarists are fully dedicated to creating habitats worthy of winning competitions such as the International Aquatic Plants Layout contest or the Aquarama reef tank competition. Other fish keepers enjoy dazzling members of their household and guests with elaborate tanks set up on custom-made cabinets. Perhaps a better way of determining success among fish keepers would be to focus on the ultimate goal of providing a healthy and balanced ecosystem for all species. Creating a self-enclosed habitat is a rewarding experience in and of itself, but it should be equally rewarding for fish, invertebrates, plants, and microorganisms. …

Periodic cleaning of aquariums is something all fish keepers know must be done if they want their aquatic species to live healthily and thrive in their enclosed ecosystems. This is non-negotiable, although the frequency of cleaning can be reduced through smart strategies. Each time an aquarium is cleaned, fish keepers get to learn more about the habitats they manage. To a certain extent, a sparkly clean aquarium isn’t only aesthetic but also conducive to a healthy ecosystem. However, there are some situations in which too much cleaning can bring about complications. Cleaning Versus Water Changes The main purpose of keeping aquariums clean is to inhibit the excessive production of nitrogen, …

In their natural habitats, the tropical fish we choose for aquariums don’t face issues related to eating more than they’re physiologically capable of. The reality of fish living in rivers, streams, lakes, and the ocean is that their nutrition is compromised by the availability of food, which can sometimes be difficult to come by. Some predatory species are biologically hardwired to kill and eat as much as they can because that’s what Mother Nature has granted to them. Sharks will eat until they’re more than full, but they’ll resort to natural disgorging functions to make more space and continue eating. In an aquarium, eating is a learned behavior many species …

As with other hobbies, fish keeping features a learning curve beginners have to deal with, and they’re bound to make mistakes when they get started. The aquarium hobby not only involves purchasing high-quality fish tank supplies, but also establishing an enclosed ecosystem in places where fish and invertebrate species wouldn’t normally live in. Fish keepers get to learn about biochemistry, marine biology, and aquatic habitats, but they can also make mistakes along the way. For this reason, it’s recommended that they start off with tropical species known for their hardiness and resiliency. The most ideal situation would be a planted tank that has been gradually established over a few weeks, …

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