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Freshwater Aquariums

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Freshwater Aquariums

Postby Mick » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:14 pm

The definition of a freshwater aquarium is a container that houses species of freshwater fish or invertebrates, plants or just decor. These are readily available nowadays made from glass or acrylic and come in a variety of shapes and sizes, many aquariums are now even being built by keepers who require certain aquariums for specialised purposes such as breeding or propagating plants.
They have been around since way back in history, the Ancient Egyptians and Assyrians are known to have created artificial ponds for keeping fish but it was the Ancient Chinese that were the first people to seriously breed fish at around 2000bc. Originally the fish were bred for food but specialised breeding of the common carp has resulted in our modern goldfish that is so popular today. In those days glass tanks were obviously not available so terracotta pots were used to house the fish and these round pots evolved over the years into glass bowls which nowadays are rightfully seen as being too small to keep fish in for long periods.
There are basically two types of freshwater tanks, coldwater and tropical. Coldwater tanks are used to house species of fish or invertebrates that do not require heated water to survive. Tropical tanks do require heating as tropical species originate from waters that are constantly at a higher temperature than cooler parts of the world. Never mix coldwater species and tropical species together, placing a goldfish in a tropical tank just doesn't work. The fish may seem to be alright initially but the higher temperatures will speed up the metabolism of the fish and shorten its lifespan.
It wasn't until the 1700's that aquariums hit Europe, at this time fish were kept in glass jars, porcelain pots or basically any container that was capable of holding water. Ponds were also developed in Europe at this time as a sudden surge in the need to understand nature developed. Scientists would catch species of fish to study them and aquarium keeping was born from there. The concept of reproducing a balanced environment and understanding the nitrogen cycle never happened until the early 1800's, it was only then that it was realised that oxygen is dissolved into the water surface and CO2 expelled, also it was first taken into account that fish waste toxified the water and that aquatic plants could help to control this by absorbing the toxins. Keeping a freshwater aquarium was a very expensive hobby at this time, only the rich could afford the limited supply of basic filters and the heaters as we now know were not invented then. The tank had to be heated with an open flame so as you can imagine accuracy of water parameters were very hit and miss.
The first tropical fish to be exported to Europe were the paradise fish, this fish arrived here in 1869 but it wasn't until the 1880's that tropical fish from Asia were exported to the USA. In the 1900's charcoal was added to the filtration system along with media particles for trapping debris and artificial aeration was also developed. The first filter as we know it was the Under Gravel Filter (UGF) was not developed until the 1950's and ever since this date freshwater aquarium equipment has improved in leaps and bounds.

Nowadays fishkeepers are very knowledgeable about fish keeping, they understand the basic needs of any successful freshwater aquarium. It must have an efficient filtration system, a surface area large enough to allow gaseous exchange to keep the oxygen levels at an acceptable level and in the case of a tropical freshwater aquarium, a reliable heater to keep the temperature at a constant level required for the tank inhabitants. There are several set ups that are used in the aquariums but they mostly contain the same basic decor. A substrate is used, either sand or gravel, this can also hellp with the filtration as it will house beneficial bacteria but it does need regular vacuuming to remove any trapped gases and debris. Plants either live or artificial are added not only for aesthetics but also in the case of live plants to aid with removing nitrates from the water. Rocks and bogwood are commonly used as decor and to provide safe havens for fish, these often act as spawning sites as well. Ornaments are also very popular and can take on certain themes such as Greek temple ruins, castles, fun ornaments etc. The theme of the aquarium is purely a matter of personal choice but thought should be taken to balance the look of the tank and always leave open swimming spaces for the fish that are housed in the aquarium.

Community freshwater aquariums are probably the most kept tanks. Several species that are compatible with each other are housed together and tolerating each others company. Biotpoes are aquariums that are set up to replicate a certain species of fishes natural surroundings, whichever set up you attempt to set up plan beforehand and it will save a lot of moving around after the aquarium has been running for a while.
Planted tanks are making a big impact with fish keepers at this present time, the fish are only added to create movement, the plants are the stars of the aquarium.

Most equipment used for freshwater aquariums is now available for all keepers even if you are running to a tight budget but the golden rule is to always buy the best equipment that you can afford, cheaper models will break down sooner than quality items and may not run as efficiently from day one. Never forget the equipment that aids in your tank maintenance such as a reliable testing kit to ensure that your water changing routine is controlling the water parameters and to ensure that toxins are not present in the water. Purchase some cleaning tools for your aquarium and keep them apart from household cleaning tools, only use these on the aquarium to prevent any chance of contaminating the water.
Always buy quality fish food, some food may look like a bargain but contains no nourishment for the fish, only go for trusted brand names.


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