Whether as an indication of a peaceful balanced lifestyle or out of interest in the underwater world, aquariums enjoy great popularity in Germany’s living rooms. So that they not only become the perfect habitat for plants and fish, but also decorative a real eye-catcher, it is important to pay attention to some basics. Above all, it is important to choose the right aquarium for your needs. This depends on different factors.
Variety of aquariums is comprehensive
First and foremost, the type of aquarium is about what kind of fish and plants someone wants to keep in it. But also the size and the sense and purpose play a role, as the following list of different options shows.
- Artaquarien are designed so that the housing conditions are precisely tailored to the needs of the animals and plants kept therein. They are great for watching the animals and their behavior well – in a stress-free situation with no other fish or disabling influences. At the same time, this means that only one species of fish is kept in this aquarium species.
Very popular for it
- Dwarf puffers or
In contrast, there are very common so-called in this country community aquariums in which different peaceful animals, which require similar housing conditions, live together.
- Another form of popular aquariums is that biotope aquarium in which the naturally occurring habitat of flora and fauna can be found as accurately as possible. This is one of the best known of its kind Amazon basin or the Amazon Aquarium in which are kept animals and plants whose habitats are the same in the wild. An advantage here is that the different fish species in terms of water value and the establishment of the aquarium almost make the same claims. Further options for these biotope pools are
- South basin
- Central America pool
- Asia basin or
- Malawi basin
- The oldest form among aquarium species is that Coldwater aquarium , Basically, it is simply a pool that consciously dispenses with the heating of the water. If you also want to take care of the cold, you can even use a model with a built-in cooling unit. It is clear in this context that such aquariums must never be exposed to direct sunlight, so as not to heat up. This can be held in particular all occurring in Central Europe fish species. The best known is certainly in this context of goldfish ,
- In contrast, one shows Saltwater aquarium who also like to coral reef aquarium is called the colorful world of the coral ecosystem. Anyone interested in this type of aquarium should be aware that both extensive know-how and time-consuming care and maintenance are necessary to maintain. Decisive for the life support of this small ecosystem
- the observance of accurate water values
- a perfectly coordinated lighting of the aquarium
- well-tuned temperatures in the water.
The aquarist will be rewarded with a colorful variety of fish, which will feel at home in the coral aquarium. Besides the eponymous corals these are:
- coral fish
- hermit crabs
Incidentally, the marine aquarium is generally considered to be more time consuming and sophisticated. A contribution shows that it can be suitable for ambitious newcomers with the right planning and care Meerwasser-Guide.de ,
Even plants have a significant effect
Plants for aquariums are available in different shapes, sizes and colors, ranging from naturally bright green to rich dark red. Usually the plants are planted directly in the ground. But there are also species such as the Java fern, which grows on decorative objects in the basin. Floating plants such as the water lens drift freely on the surface in the water and provide protection and visual effects alike. Basically, aquarium owners have two options in plants, namely there are stem plants and foliage plants. While the former – as the name implies – develops the new leaves along its stalk, the leaf plant always has only one leaf per stalk. They are sold commercially in a pot, so as a potted plant, while the stem plants are available as a fret.
When choosing, pay attention to the size of the plant, because sometimes they are available with one centimeter, but can later grow up to a meter in height. This allows an aquarium to be perfectly decorated. Smaller plants are best placed in the foreground of the field of view, while the larger plants come in the middle and the large species are placed at the very back of the tank. However, newbies should not only focus on looks, but first of all have to deal with the basics of aquaristics. In addition to the mere interior design, it is important, for example, to ensure proper water care, technical accessories, filters and the ideal location, and, last but not least, cleaning also plays an important role. ZooRoyal has one in this regard Contribution for beginners created by the first important steps in the aquarium are described step by step.
However, plants not only have design purposes in an aquarium, but are also responsible for the water quality. The fish divorced among others
- carbon dioxide
that absorb and utilize the plants for growth. These nutrients are converted by photosynthesis to sugar or carbohydrates. The plants but from oxygen, the inhale the fish. However, it is clear that this process only happens when there is enough light. Therefore, a sufficient light supply of the aquarium is absolutely necessary and maintains the quality of life of the aquarium inhabitants.
If there is too little oxygen, more algae will develop. However, their food source can be withdrawn from the right plants, especially fast-growing plants are responsible for ensuring that no excessive algae proliferation takes place. Therefore, the following species should ideally occur:
- Amazonian sword plant
- Indian water lover
- Indian water whisk
If you want to provide even more variety in your aquarium, you can inquire at the specialized trade and set appropriate accents.
Choice of the ground is visually important
How the floor is designed in the aquarium not only has visual effects, but also a significant influence on the quality in the container itself. Here, the water is filtered, there is a supply of nutrients and should be the support for plants. Basically, a distinction can be made here between sand and gravel. If you ask yourself now, where is the differentiation, then this can easily be explained:
- Sand has a grain of 2 millimeters, everything that is larger, is considered gravel.
- Fine aquarium sand often has a grain size of 0.1 to 0.5 millimeters.
Which soil is the right one for the selected aquarium depends on the type of fish that is kept in it. While dwelling inhabitants, such as armored catfishes, tend to prefer fine sand, as they can dig easily and “flush” their gills, crayfish and shrimp prefer the coarser sand. These also seek the soil for food, but can lift the grains and turn them with the scissors.
Of course, there are also plenty of aquarium dwellers who like to be kept on gravel. These include antenna catfish and loaches, as well as cichlids. It is important to know that plants in the aquarium can generally be better mounted on coarse gravel and also hold better there.
Tip: If you want to buy sand or gravel for your Fischzuhause, you should be careful to choose absolutely lime-free varieties. Even sharp-edged ground is to be avoided, since especially grounding fish could injure it.
Once the qualitative properties of the sand have been clarified, optics can also play a decisive role. According to individual preference, there is the material in many colors, with rather dark varieties are suitable. If you then install a dark back wall, you can increase the effect even further. Especially the bright colors of the shrimps are very intense on a black aquarium sand. If you want to have an Amazon basin, you should have gravel in it
- dark reds
- or brown
choose. For African aquariums, on the other hand, lighter gray and white shades are outstandingly suitable, as the preferred live cichlids come into their own.
The right back wall ensures atmosphere
As visually impressive as the colorful flora and fauna in an aquarium can be, the right rear wall is just as decisive for the visual experience. This simply makes for the right atmosphere, the choice is huge thanks to numerous motif films or special 3D effects. Anyone who decides on a structural wall enhances the depth effect and sets special accents on the decoration in the water. In addition, they look particularly natural and offer additional territorial possibilities for individual species of fish in relief-like design.
A very popular form of back wall design is with films. These can be easily attached by yourself, the choice of motifs is very large. There are those with underwater motifs, for example, represent a rock wall or a green plant aquarium. If you want to be understated, you can choose a back wall in monochrome in black. A dark ground is combined to enhance the color of the fish and the rich green of the plants. Structural back walls, on the other hand, are available in different modules and can easily be attached to the basin with glue or silicone. Anyone with a little craftsmanship and patience can create and apply these back walls themselves. However, it is important to pay attention to the use of the right material to avoid harmful effects on the water and the fish. How this works, for example, shows the following instructions.
The decision as to which back wall to use for an aquarium should also depend on where it stands. While design-wise models are well-suited to the site on a wall or in the central field of view and provide for special effects, when using the aquarium as a room divider is advisable to dispense with a back wall. Because then there is the possibility to look through the water and its living world, which conjures a very individual atmosphere. Then the view of the colorful fish and plant world is interrupted or distracted by nothing and goes beyond the aquarium in the distance.
Regardless of which back wall an aquarium owner decides, it is clear that both the attachment and the possible removal after a certain time is very time-consuming. The pool must be completely cleared.