Frequently Asked Questions
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- Should I choose an acrylic or glass aquarium?
We at Aquariums By Chloe recommend acrylic for the majority of our customers. Here are some major reasons why acrylic is a better choice than glass when constructing aquariums.
Acrylic is lighter than glass making it less expensive to ship. Acrylic is stronger than glass and does not break or crack. Acrylic distorts light less than glass offering a better view of the aquarium contents. Acrylic insulates better than glass. Acrylic seams are stronger than glass seams. Acrylic can be repaired easily if scratched. Acrylic can be custom shaped into a wide variety of forms.
- At what temperature should the aquarium be maintained?
On average, most tropical aquariums do best with temperatures ranging from 23 to 28 degrees Celsius (73-82 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Freshwater or Saltwater?
The most colorful fish are found in saltwater habitats. A saltwater aquarium is more difficult to maintain than a freshwater aquarium. Saltwater aquariums require more monitoring and can be difficult to keep clean. A freshwater system, on the other hand, is much easier to maintain. A weekly cleaning will usually suffice to keep the appearance looking good. There are many freshwater fish that are just as colorful as marine fish and will do very well in a home aquarium. When setting up an aquarium for the first time a freshwater aquarium is suggested.
- What do I need to set up my aquarium?
An aquarium of 50 gallons or more is recommended for marine systems. For a freshwater system it is recommended to begin with a 20 gallon aquarium. -Filters utilizing biological, mechanical and chemical filtration are recommended for most aquariums. Wet/dry filters sit beneath the tank and are often considered the best system of filtration. Back filters hand on the outside of the aquarium and pull water from the aquarium and run it through both a filter fiber and activated carbon. Undergravel filters draw water down through the gravel.Back filters in combination with undergravel filters also achieve all three types of filtration.Most types of gravel will work for a freshwater system. A gravel is calcareous (containing calcium) is recommended for marine systems although it is not recommended for fresh water systems that require a low pH. The gravel should be 2-3 inches thick on top of the undergravel filter to provide the correct filtering capacity of the aquarium.
There are many different styles and sizes of air pumps that can be used for aquariums. The size of the air pump depends upon the size of the aquarium in use. Standard air-line tubing can be found in all aquarium shops. An air stone should be placed at the end of the tubing and placed in the airlift tubes. This will provide air and circulation to your aquarium and will also help the undergravel filter to operate normally. Powerhead pumps also help to circulate water and some are equipped with a venturi that helps to aerate.If there are variances in the temperature of the water it can lead to the demise of all the animal life. A constant temperature is therefore highly recommended. Tropical aquariums do well at temperatures of 73 to 82F. The correct heater size is determined by the amount of water in the aquarium. Normally a heater should be 3-5 watts for every gallon.
Tanks greater than 50 gallons tend to retain heat and only need 3 watts per gallon. Using two smaller heaters creates a redundancy that ensures survival of the tank if one heater fails.The aquarium should be covered at all times. The covers reduce evaporation and also keep the fish from jumping out of the aquarium. Most reflectors or hoods are made of plastic or stainless steel. If you have a saltwater aquarium the hood should be a noncorrosive material. It is advisable to choose a hood with a florescent lamp. Lighting can be very important depending on the type of life in your aquarium. Some planty and saltwater life require intense amounts of light for survival.