Choosing the Correct Aquarium Equipment Size

Fish Swimming In Aquarium

At some point in their lives, everyone questions how much of anything they actually require. When it comes to aquariums, this is also true. It might be the size of the tank, the amount of gravel required to fill it, or the size of the filter required. Perhaps you're curious about the aquarium's weight once it's full with water. This list is meant to cover the fundamentals of how much aquarium equipment you will require.

‚ÄčTank Size

Aquariums come in a variety of sizes and forms. Although there are many unique sizes available, the bulk of aquariums are built to conventional specifications. When selecting a tank and stand, as well as a site to install them, knowing the size, shape, and weight is critical. What are the usual tank dimensions? How much do they weigh once they've been filled with water? All of these information may be found on the aquarium chart. Don't forget to acquire an as well.

Heater Size

Not sure what size heater your aquarium needs? A makes selecting the appropriate heater for your aquarium and normal room temperature simple. Aquarium should typically have 5 Watts of electricity per gallon of water, thus a 10-gallon aquarium requires a 50 Watt heater. Since we're on the subject of heaters, here are some heating suggestions:

  • It is wise to always keep an extra heater on hand. Your heater will invariably fail in the dead of winter at night when all pet shops are closed. Your spare heater doesn't have to be the most expensive top of the line model, it just has to keep the water warm until you can replace it. Watch for sales and grab one or two inexpensive heaters as backups.
  • In tanks that are 50 gallons or larger, consider two smaller heaters instead of one large one. The heat will be more evenly distributed, as you can place one at each end of the tank. If one fails, at least you'll have one heater to keep the water warm until you can get a replacement.
  • have become available in recent years. Consider using one for fish bowls or small aquariums if you are keeping tropical fish, such as the Betta, in a .
  • It is also wise to have a with glass heaters, particularly if you have large or active fish.

Filter Size

Don't know what size filter to get? The rule of thumb is that at least four times every hour, all of the water in your tank should travel through the filter. This makes calculating your requirements rather simple. Always go for a larger flow rate when it's on the edge. A thirty-gallon tank, for example, requires a flow rate of at least 120 gallons per hour (gph). If you can only choose between 100 and 150 gph filters, go with the latter.

How Much Substrate?

A substrate should be added to the tank to a depth of around two inches. The issue now is, how much gravel will it require? Is one bag sufficient? Is three bags excessive? A basic rule of thumb for ordinary gravel/rock-based substrates is to use one pound of substrate every gallon of water. Keep in mind that if your aquarium is oddly shaped, you could need more or less substrate. This is especially important when choosing substrate for planted tanks, as plants have specific substrate depth needs.

How Much Fish Food?

Is it better to use a large food container, a small can, or multiples? Everyone tends to exaggerate everything when it comes to food. Fish owners frequently purchase excessive amounts of food and overfeed their fish. Unfortunately, once the box is opened, fish food loses its nutritious value quickly. The container should be thrown after a month. So, until you get a sense of how much your fish consume, buy a small container of food and feed carefully.

Most fish should be fed as much food as they can consume in 3-5 minutes twice a day. Give them a bit more if the meal is gone before then. It's too much food if there's still food left after 5 minutes. Because certain fish only feed at night, they may only be fed after the lights are turned off. Young fish require more frequent feedings, therefore 3-4 feedings per day may be required as they mature. Just be careful not to overfeed your fish since uneaten food might contaminate the aquarium water and kill the fish.