Selecting the Appropriate Tank Size for Your Pet Fish
If you are a newbie aquarium hobbyist, you may think that 50 litre tanks are easier to maintain than 100 litre tanks. This assumption is completely wrong and yet very common. There are factors to be considered when selecting the right tank size for your pet fish.
Knowledge and Experience
A bigger tank will need more than just one filter or even a pump system that could be a lot more challenging than a novice aquarist might find convenient enough. If you are experienced in the aquarium hobby and would like to level up and start keeping bigger fish, a large tank is probably the right choice for you. But as a beginner, it should be safe to begin with one of those 50 litre tanks. This size would not be too big that it becomes a feat to maintain, yet big enough to give you a buffer against water parameter mistakes you could make being a novice.
Another obvious consideration when choosing a fish tank size is the specie and number of fish you would like to keep. The rule is to give each fish one inch per gallon of water, but if you do follow this guideline, make sure you consider the adult size of the fish, instead of the size they were in when you purchased them. As well, take note that certain species require more space than others, whether or not they are of similar size. In general, smaller community fish can do well in 50 litre tanks , but others may need no less than 200 litres of water. In addition, note that some species may also prefer a certain tank shape. Tall-finned species such as Angelfish may prefer tanks with more vertical than horizontal space. Though 50 litre tanks will always be 50 litre tanks, Angelish prefer having the volume dispersed up and down rather than left to right.
Maintenance time can often be reduced if the aquarium is correctly installed, so this need not be a large issue in considering the right tank size to buy. A good filter size will flush out most of your tank water’s waste and toxins, and your filter media will have to be replaced once a month, whether we talk about 500 or 50 litre tanks. Weekly 10 – 20% water changes are highly recommended to maintain optimal water quality in your tank.
While transitioning from a smaller tank to a bigger one, you will likely notice a sizeable increase in price. If you want to buy a sizeable tank but you only have enough cash for one of those 50 litre tanks or smaller, you can purchase an aquarium starter kit, which already includes some of the equipment you need, along with tank decorations. If you are only beginning this hobby but want to give yourself some room for growth, pick a tank that is a little bigger than the typical starter tank.