WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ALL-IN-ONE AQUARIUMS

What You Need to Know About All-in-One Aquariums
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated April 05, 2017
Starting a new tank can be time-consuming, especially if you have to choose all of your own equipment. To make the process easier, consider an all-in-one aquarium.
If you’re thinking about starting a new tank, you have a lot of decisions to make. What size tank are you going to choose and what kind of equipment? Do you want to purchase a separate lighting system or go with natural lighting? And what about heating – how are you going to keep the tank warm? Coming up with answers to all of these questions can be difficult, especially for a beginner. If you find yourself in this boat, you might want to think about an all-in-one aquarium. Keep reading to learn more about what an all-in-one tank is and whether it might be the right option for you.
 
What is an All-in-One Aquarium?
 
An all-in-one aquarium is pretty much what the name suggests – an aquarium that comes with just about everything you need to get started. Simply put, it is a ready-made kit that comes with the aquarium itself as well as essential equipment such as filtration, lighting, and heating. Some kits also include decorations, but the more you include in the kit the higher the price. Many all-in-one tanks are also nano tanks, tanks under 30 gallons in size. The top all-in-one tanks on the market have equipment that is specially designed to complement the tank’s design and to support the tank’s needs according to its size. You still have to choose and purchase the fish and you will also need to know the basics about setting up and maintaining an aquarium, though some instructions for use...

SIMPLE TIPS FOR BUILDING A SALTWATER TANK WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

Simple Tips for Building a Saltwater Tank Without Breaking the Bank
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated April 05, 2017
There is nothing more beautiful than a thriving saltwater tank, but these tanks can be expensive to set up and maintain. Keep reading to learn how to save money on a saltwater aquarium setup.
Saltwater aquariums are beautiful, there is no denying it. There is just something magical about an aquatic environment where fish, invertebrates, and corals live in harmony. But cultivating and maintaining a thriving saltwater tank can quickly get expensive if you don’t do some careful planning beforehand. Here are some simple tips for building a saltwater tank without breaking the bank.
 
What Factors Influence Price?
 
Before you can learn the basics about saving money on a saltwater tank, you need to understand what factors influence price. Here are the top factors that can determine how much it costs to set up and to maintain your saltwater tank:

-  Size of the tank
-  Fish and invertebrates
-  Coral and live rock
-  Equipment

As you can probably imagine, the larger your tank, the more expensive it is going to be. Not only does this apply to the tank itself, but also to the equipment you need to run it and the livestock and decorations you use to fill it. The type of fish and invertebrates you choose will also influence the price – the rarer the livestock, the more expensive they will be. And it will significantly impact your cost if you choose to decorate your tank with live rock versus live coral. Not only is live coral more expensive to purchase, but it is also costlier to maintain because you’ll need a special lighting system and you’ll have to feed the coral to keep it alive.
 
 
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AQUASCAPING TIPS TO REDUCE AGGRESSION IN FISH

Aquascaping Tips to Reduce Aggression in Fish
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated September 06, 2016
Keeping the peace in a tank full of aggressive fish can be tricky but smart aquascaping can help to diffuse the tension.
When it comes to stocking your aquarium, you have a wide selection of different fish to choose from. Before you rush out and buy any fish, however, you should take the time to learn the basics about tropical fish compatibility. In addition to being divided by their native habitat and their feeding habits, tropical fish can also be sorted by their level of aggression. Community fish are generally peaceful and docile species that get along in large groups with other fish. Semi-aggressive fish can sometimes be kept in community tanks or with other semi-aggressive species as long as the tank is large enough and there is only one male per species.

Aggressive fish are a whole separate matter – many of them need to be kept in single-species tanks or they cannot be kept with other fish at all. If you have your heart set on cultivating an aggressive fish tank, think carefully about how you are going to stock and arrange your tank to minimize problems. You may be surprised to see how big a difference something as simple as decorating your tank thoughtfully can make when keeping aggressive fish.

Identifying the Signs of Aggression in Fish

If you see one of your fish chasing another fish around the tank, it is an obvious sign of aggression but not all signs of aggression are quite so obvious. In most cases, fights among aquarium fish happen when you are not looking – you just discover the damage after the fight is over. This...
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