If you are looking for a pet that does not need as much maintenance but at the same time offers a great deal of pleasure and enjoyment, then a freshwater aquarium is what you are looking for. It is easy to maintain, clean and offers the best possible relaxation no matter where you place it.
Keeping Your Tank Healthy
The size of the tank you choose should be related directly the amount of fish you have. However, if this is your first aquarium, small tank is recommended to start with until you get than hang of it and can replace it for a larger version. Starting with a small freshwater aquarium will help you learn the basics in taking care of fish as well as keeping all costs to a minimum until you decide you want to expand.
The next step you need to consider is where you will place your freshwater aquarium. The main point is that the weight of the aquarium needs attention. A small tank of say ten gallons will weigh around 85 pounds therefore placing it in a safe place where it cannot be knocked off by mistake is definitely recommended.
Now that you have the freshwater aquarium and the space where you will place it, you need to decide what you will place in the aquarium besides the fish such as: the plants, gravel and other decorations that match your personality and or décor. Aquarium decorations are vast, from plastic castles to office desk set-ups, so you can customize the inside to suit your mood and style.
You even have a choice in what type of water you can use with freshwater aquariums and they are: filtered tap water, which is probably the cheapest or you can use bottled water which is already filtered for you.
Change the water of your aquarium at least once a month in order to keep everything clean and your fish in good health. Start with just a few fish and if you feel comfortable with your new hobby you can always add on and also expand the size of your aquarium.
An aquarium is a great source of relaxation so take your time when you clean your tank and do a good job; it will slowly but steadily grow on you, as you will enjoy the time with your new pals.