People who love nature want to bring it in their homes. Having an aquarium at home is a good way of bringing nature inside and relishing its beauty. People can always buy the many different types of aquariums that are found in the market. Online websites are also a good source of browsing through the many different types and buying the one that you find the best. However, if you are specific about your requirements you might want a custom made aquarium. A little knowledge of some components is required before you go for the custom aquariums.
Size And Dimensions
Of course, the most important thing is to know the size and dimensions of your aquarium. You have to keep a lot of things in mind when deciding the size and dimension. You have to see how big your house is, how much space is available in the room where you will be putting the aquarium and how many fish of what size you will be putting in the aquarium. One gallon water for a small fish of 1-inch can be considered a good rule of thumb. The more fish you wish to put in the tank the more water you need. Additionally, remember that some room will be occupied by decorative items too.
Filtration Of The Tank
There are many different types of filters available to keep your fish tank clean and healthy for the fish. Fish excrete toxic gases and with time the water in the tank becomes toxic too. You have to have a proper filtration process working in the aquarium to keep your fish alive. A few options to consider are fluidized, power, canister and wet/dry filters. Different filters perform filtration in different manners. One important thing that you should keep in mind when choosing the filter is how easy or difficult the maintenance and changing of the filter will be.
Sterilizers, Lighting And Heaters
An aquarium looks cool with its beautiful and colorful fish when you see it somewhere, but you never know the amount of effort required to maintain the aquarium. One of the few important things you need to consider when buying a custom made aquarium is sterilizers. Sterilizers are used for preventing the growth of many harmful organisms such as fungus, virus, algae, etc. Lighting is not only important for your aquarium to look beautiful but also essential for the life of plants you have in the aquarium. Different fish live in different waters. The temperature of the water must be according to the fish in the tank.
Decorative inserts are important because an aquarium must look beautiful. Make sure you do not overdo your requirements when going for decorative inserts. The decorative items should only be as big as to provide some room for the fish to swim freely in the tank. Furthermore, the colors of the inserts should not match the color of fish since it will overcome the beauty of the fish. Leave some space in the tank to see the fish moving about freely here and there.
The Choice Of Tank Material
Lastly, one of the most important decisions is to choose the material of the tank. The biggest choice needs to be made between the tanks made of glass and acrylic. Glass tanks for custom aquariums have always been in use in the past decades but acrylic tanks have now replaced them quite well. Acrylic tanks are lighter, provide better viewing angles and are much stronger than glass tanks. However, cleaning is more difficult when you have acrylic tanks compared to when you have the glass tank. You can always research both and make your choice based on your intuition.