Each Journey Begins with a First Step
Once the aquarium setup is constructed and the tank filled, much of what follows in the population, cost and maintenance is locked in. So this is the time to figure out what you want and how much time, space and money you have to invest.
Determining the type
There are several tank types to chose from. Before going further, you need to figure out which one makes sense for you to base your system on.
- Reef – This tank requires the most maintenance needed for success. But for many the most rewards can be experienced with this tank. Its goal is to mimic an ocean reef. In such a tank, you will find fish, corals, snails, shrimps, starfish and many other animals which will amaze and give you hours of entertainment just watching them live and grow.
- Fish – As its name implies this tank is made up of only fish and its main requirement is that the inhabitants get along. The maintenance for this type of system is usually much less demanding.
- Rimless – tanks which are of this style have no frames supporting them and are quite nice in that there is no distraction by framework and the entire tank’s contents are viewable. Generally, these tanks are more expensive as they are often a thicker glass (or acrylic) and have more stringent construction requirements as they must handle the pressure of the water without the assistance of the framing which supports and braces the tank.
- Eurobrace – around the perimeter of the top of the tank, the builder constructs a ledge which supports the tank and is a partial replacement for the standard framed tanks support.
- Standard – these are typically the most economic choice and are what’s known as the off the shelf variety.
- Star Fire or Low Iron Glass – the choice of tank materials and structure can include this option which when selected results in a tank with surprisingly clearer glass. The issues here are that this costs more and also the material is slightly softer and so a bit more prone to scratches when cleaning.
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Part 2 (How Much Room is Available)