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Aug 17, 2007
There's just something about watching tropical fish go about their business in a good aquarium that makes them a joy to have around. The graceful movements, beautiful colors and serene waters all combine to make the experience pleasurable.

Considering the advantages of this type of pet other some others, it's a good idea to treat the investment in them well. So, making sure to be well informed about choices for fish and aquariums will be important.

Whether you want to set up an aquarium for home or office use, how to go about it will largely depend on the type and size of fish you intend to stock. No matter the choices, however, there are some things to do and some to avoid that can greatly impact the aquarium.

Things to consider before buying an aquarium include:

* Size desired. This will largely be determined by how much space you can set aside for a tank. Remember in a lot of cases you'll need a power supply nearby, so keep this in mind as well.

* Safe location. A fish tank shouldn't be placed where it could easily be knocked over, where the fish will be disturbed by major outside interference or where wandering little hands, or cats can stalk. With this in mind, keep tanks out of direct sunlight and in secured locations.

* Types of fish. Make sure you understand what you want to buy fish wise. Some species will require more space than others. Also, some species simply don't mix. You'll find it's not only a dog-eat-dog world, but also a fish-eat-fish one if you don't plan accordingly.

When it comes to choosing tropical fish, do your homework. This means researching the different types of fish available, what size tanks they need and the kinds of environments they thrive in. Also, look for information on suitable companion fish and the kinds of special requirements these may have as well.

If you don't know what you're doing, check with the shop where you intend to buy the tropical fish first. Even if it's an online shop, there should be a way to speak with pros before you invest in fish and a tank.

Once you've determined the space you have, some desired fish and a good location for an aquarium, it's time to start shopping. Bear in mind that an aquarium is simply the holder for the fish and there's a lot more that goes into creating the right environment for them. Check with the pros about oxygenation systems, filters, any salinity requirements, specialized chlorine removal, if necessary, and so on.

Tropical fish can be a great investment. They can make good starter pets for youngsters and they can deliver a lot of enjoyment to any home they are in. But, like any pet, they require some care to thrive. An aquarium is an investment as are tropical fish. Making sure that investment is protected is smart. To do so, some basic knowledge will be necessary. Don't forget to rely on the pros if you don't know how to proceed.
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