Choosing the Right Tank Size for Your Pet Fish
If you are a newbie aquarium hobbyist, you may think that 50 litre tanks are easier to maintain than 100 litre tanks. This assumption is completely wrong and yet very common. There are factors to be considered when selecting the right tank size for your pet fish.
Knowledge and Experience
A larger tank will require more than a single filter or even a pump system that is possibly more challenging than a novice aquarist would be comfortable with. If you are an experienced aquarium enthusiast and looking to start keeping larger species, a large tank will look perfect for you. Otherwise, you can safely start with one of those 50 litre tanks. This size would not be too big that it becomes a feat to maintain, yet big enough to give you a buffer against water parameter mistakes you could make being a novice.
Another evident factor in choosing a fish tank size is the specie and number of fish you plan to keep. The rule is one inch of fish per gallon of water, but you have to consider the adult size of the fish and not its size when you bought it. As well, take note that certain species require more space than others, whether or not they are of similar size. Smaller community fish can usually be kept in at least 50 litre tanks, but there are those that require at least 200 litres of water. In addition, note that some species may also prefer a certain tank shape. For example, tall-finned species tend to like tanks that are taller than they are wide. Although 50 litre tanks will still be 50 litre tanks, Angelfish would like it better if the water was more above and below them instead of on their sides.
Maintenance time can often be reduced if the aquarium is correctly installed, so this need not be a large issue in considering the right tank size to buy. A good filter size will eliminate most of the toxins and waste from your tank water, and you will have to get a new filter media once a month, no matter if you’re talking about 500 or 50 litre tanks. To keep tank water quality high, you need to change 10 – 20% of it on a weekly basis.
While transitioning from a smaller tank to a bigger one, you will likely notice a sizeable increase in price. If you want to buy a sizeable tank but you only have enough cash for one of those 50 litre tanks or smaller, you can purchase an aquarium starter kit, which already includes some of the equipment you need, along with tank decorations. If you are a newbie and you want to give yourself space for growth, get a tank that is a bit bigger than the average starter tank.