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14 Oct 2016 - 12:29:15

Creating The Right Environment In Your Aquarium

Light and heat play vital roles in maintaining an aquarium. Since an aquarium was made artificial, there is a great need to imitate the natural conditions under water so that the inhabitants, particularly the fishes won’t be having problems adapting into the environment, be sick, or die. Many aquarium owners would only focus on putting right kind of water, feeding the fishes properly, and setting up the filtration and pumping system to keep the water clean and fresh. But many owners mistakenly regard these factors as primary reasons why an aquarium fails, for lighting and heat are as important as the factors mentioned.

Lighting System And Its Kinds

Lighting is important for fishes to regard it as their sunlight, since most fishes underwater are exposed to sunlight. It comes in variety of types, here are some of the most common and popular types:

- Fluorescent Lighting

These lamps are relatively cool, cheaper, easy to maintain and replace, and consume low electricity power.

- Classic Incandescent Lights

Consumes a bit more electricity but produces brighter light. It runs hotter than fluorescents but better used for raising tropical fishes.

- Compact Lights

These lights consume least power, produce least heat while running, and produce least illumination. These lights are best for breeds which prefer darker and cooler waters.

- Metal Halide

These lightings are best for aquariums with great number of fishes It produces sunlight imitation at low intensity level. It comes in variety of intensities. You can personally select one with a light that could approach your aquarium inhabitants. Avoid choosing metal halide lamps with higher output than your aquarium needs for it could be dangerous.

Heating System

Water heater coils and filters with heaters are recommended equipments for any aquarium. There are different kinds of heaters, such as one with temperature setting and thermometer. This kind is perfect for avid fish raisers. Since avid fish raisers know the right temperature for an aquarium, they could adjust the temperature themselves. Unlike for casual fish raisers, the general rule of thumb that keeps the water warm even in relatively cold weather is only used.

For larger aquariums, you should use two heaters, one at every other end of the tank. These would evenly distribute the water temperature. These would avoid thermal shock when your fish swims from one side to another.

Lastly but most importantly, you must consult your pet shop about the heater’s output The larger your fish tank is, the more important you’ll need heaters. Remember that heaters are not only measured through its temperature output but also on its power consumption which determines it heating performance. This could assure your aquarium best performance as well as safety of your fish pets.

In conclusion to this, lighting and heating system shouldn’t be disregarded. These factors are extremely important especially if you want to keep your fishes in a safer habitat. These are really useful in making your fishes adjusted well with the environment and giving them the feeling of being in a real underwater environment.
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