After browsing through a great ‘gift list’ over at www.logiksolutionz.com, it brought to mind that you really need to understand the person your gift is going too. I have a great interest in having fishes as pets and thought I would share my recommendations for choosing the right type of fish tank.
The best gift is always a unique gift that the receiver was not expecting. Something like a fish tank would melt the heart of everyone. It
lets them keep marine life right in the heart of their living room. It takes nature from the wild waters, and brings it into the domestic confinement of their homes.But first, there are two types of fish tanks; exotic fish tanks vs saltwater fish tanks.
What do you choose then?
Exotic Fish Tanks
For aesthetic purposes, one would go for an exotic breed of fish since they are rich in vibrant color patterns. It’s the color that one notices whenever they turn their focus on the fish aquarium. Exotic breeds may exist in both fresh and salty water. Even though their living conditions may vary a lot, some breeds can still co-exist as a community in one tank.
Therefore, if you’re considering the option of getting an aquarium for someone; either for keeping of exotic fish or saltwater fish, you’d need to consider a few factors. The thing is, fresh water tanks are easier to maintain, and are even much more ”forgiving” whenever one makes a mistake. Furthermore, De-chlorinated tap water can always be used to fill up the tank or make periodic water changes easily. Test kits are also available so the fish keeper can ensure everything is in order.
Any fish that thrives in fresh water is not very particular about the environment in which it swims. Most of them should do well in balanced or neutral PH, though water temperature is very important. This means a good heater should be bought alongside the tank since a cheap one will make the fish keeper lose all their fish. And generally, the cost of freshwater aquariums is much less than that of saltwater tanks. The only thing that can set you back is the cost of filters, lighting, and other items that go together with the tank.
Lastly, most freshwater exotic fish are less expensive compared to saltwater fish, not unless you are considering the option of going really exotic with fish species like Arrowanna, Discus, or freshwater rays.
Saltwater Fish Tanks
These tanks give hours of spectacular view and pleasure, though they require hard work. That’s why every beginner who wants to keep tropical fish will always go for the freshwater tank instead.
A saltwater fish is very particular with its environment. The keeper needs to take care of the smallest details to ensure its survival. But once they get used to the environment, their activities should resemble what happens in a small section of the ocean.
Again, everything should revolve around keeping the correct level of salinity. These creatures are costly, and you can’t afford to replace them all the time. The fish keeper would either need to live near the sea so they can collect natural sea water, or else, make that water using synthetic sea-salt blends.
These are available in the market, and even though the price came down, they are still way above the reach of most fish keepers. Special attention need to be paid on protein builders which ensure the water is free from pollutants. And if live coral is to be kept in perfect condition, proper lighting should be invested in. This clearly means spending more.
Otherwise, if the person intending to keep fish has had previous experience with both fish species, they are free to choose whatever they want. But if they are first-timers, they should only go with exotic freshwater tanks instead.