How to Accessorise a Home Aquarium with Little Impact
You might think that creating a home for some fish in a home aquarium is as simple as finding the right tank and filling it with water. Unfortunately the reality is far from this, and if you want to create a great home fish tank environment, you’ll need to consult the internet a great deal before you buy anything. This is particularly the case if you want to build your aquarium in a way which has very little environmental impact and which does not succumb to black beard algae or any such issues. So, baring those things in mind, here are some of the best ways we think you should accessorise your home aquarium.
The Necessary Electricals
First-things-first. Once you have your tank, the first thing you need to do is fit a water pump to ensure that the water has a general current. This is important in most aquarium habitats if you’re looking to replicate a natural underwater environment. Fish tank pumps like the ones available from AllPondSolutions.co.uk are well priced and come in a large variety, meaning you can get the right one for your tank. Of course, pumping water costs electricity, so ensure you turn it to a lower setting during the night.
The Right Substrate
Finding the right kind of substrate for your tank is a difficult task because the market is saturated by poorly sourced, poorly manufactured gravel. Although some types of gravel are acceptable – particularly small, round pieces of gravel, many types of gravel contain sharper stones that can damage bottom feeders like Loachers. Instead of this, you may want to consider sourcing some river sand, as this looks extremely natural, is relatively coarse so it won’t become too compact, and has no effect on the chemistry of the water.
When it comes to choosing the right type of vegetation for your tank, there’s likely to be a variety of factors which come into play. Some of the most important are the existing colour scheme, the tank size, the substrate type and the varieties of fish. It’s important to remember that although they might be slightly more expensive, real aquatic plants are much better looking, and are better for your fish, when compared with plastic plants. Not only that, but plastic plants are not produced ethically and can contain toxic elements, too.
Once you’ve got these basics in place, you can fill your tank with water and prepare to purchase your first fish, safe in the knowledge that you tank has very little environmental impact.