Selecting the Appropriate Tank Size for Your Pet Fish
If you are a neophyte as an aquarium hobbyist, you may think that upkeep for 50 litre tanks is automatically easier than for 100 litre tanks.Being new to the aquarium hobby, you may be tempted to believe that maintaining 50 litre tanks is necessarily easier compared to maintaining 100 litre tanks. While very common, this assumption is totally wrong. 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. But as a beginner, it should be safe to begin with one of those 50 litre tanks. This size would not be so large that it upkeep becomes a feat, yet it is just big enough for the water volume to provide a buffer against water parameter mistakes you might make as a novice.
Another obvious factor you should consider when determining the right fish tank size is the specie and number of fish you are planning to have. 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. Though 50 litre tanks will always be 50 litre tanks, Angelish prefer having the volume dispersed up and down rather than left to right.
Upkeep time for most aquariums can be minimized if the aquarium is set up correctly, so this should not be a big concern when deciding on tank size. A good filter size will take out most of the toxins and waste from your tank water, and whether we're talking 500 or 50 litre tanks, you will have to buy a new filter media once per month. Changing 10 - 20% of your tank water weekly is often enough to keep water quality high.
While moving from smaller to bigger tanks, you will see a substantial boost rise in price. If you want a big tank but your budget is only good for one of those 50 litre tanks or smaller, just get an aquarium starter kit that already includes some of the tank equipment and decor you'll need or want. 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.