Aquariums have long been considered as a great addition to any room in the house for improving aesthetics. Yes, including the bathroom – at least for the rather eccentric but creative interior designers. There’s simply something relaxing about having a fish tank in the room. Perhaps it’s the tranquility of water or the calmness of the fish swimming inside it. Nevertheless, just because aquariums are good to have, doesn’t mean that anyone who wants to have one in their room should immediately buy a tank and fish.
Aquarium water gets dirty pretty quickly. And knowing what filter to get is just as important as listing down what type of fish will be living in it. Here are some important considerations when buying a filter for the aquarium.
1. How big is it going to be?
Aquariums come in different shapes and sizes. Sure, there’s an acceptable size that most consider as average. But not everyone wants average. Smaller aquariums have their own appeal. Just like how there are people enamored by tiny houses; there’s a sense of satisfaction in looking at a small aquarium. Smaller aquariums will obviously not need a large and powerful filter. Nevertheless, it will need an effective filter. The real issue is with owning larger aquariums wherein filters like power filter and wet/dry filters will be needed.
2. What types of fish will be in it?
Just because they have fins and live underwater doesn’t mean they can coexist in a single tank. Even with land animals, this is a general rule. Try putting a snake in the Arctic circle, for one. With this in mind, an aquarium owner should definitely consider whether they’d be putting saltwater or freshwater fish in their tank. This is crucial because the aquarium will need more carbon dioxide if it’s primarily saltwater. And will thus be a bad fit for power filters and other filters that disturb the water surface. For saltwater aquariums, it’s wiser to shoot for wet/dry or canister filters. The former is more a more expensive yet effective option.
3. How frequently are you willing to replace filters?
Treat fish as you would regular pets. Give them the care and attention they need. And that means putting in the time and scheduling regular filter replacement. However, it’s understandable and perfectly fine to reduce the frequency of replacing filters. And this is by using effective filtration systems and avoiding the likes of under gravel filters. Generally, canister and internal filters are good starts for the average aquarium owner so do check them out.
4. How much money are you willing to part with?
A lot of aquarium owners would go for wet’ dry filters if money was not an issue. Those who have tiny aquariums won’t have any use for it, of course, since the filter is bigger than the tank which just looks ridiculous and impractical. But then again, money is, in fact, an issue for most people. This includes deciding on what filter to buy. Internal filters and under gravel filters come rather cheap. But the decision to buy them also means making peace with the fact that it’s not as great of a filter as others.