Using a Submersible Fish Tank Heater

Most of the fish commonly kept in freshwater aquariums evolved in tropical habitats over thousands of years. These fish are adapted to waters that remain in the high 70s to low 80s all year round. Even though these fish are kept in aquariums outside of their natural habitats, they fare best if kept in conditions that mimic their wild areas as closely as possible. In terms of aquarium temperature, this means keeping the water at a stable temperature. For most tropical fish, a fish tank heater can be used to safely keep the water at 80F. Read the rest of this entry »

Freshwater Aquarium Supplies

We all wonder where we can get the best deals on freshwater aquarium supplies. One of my favorite sites to look for fish tank supplies would have to be Amazon! On this page we’ll list some of the best selling supplies from each of the major categories of aquarium supplies you are most likely interested in. If you have suggestions, let us know in the comments!

Aquarium Lights:

  • The R2 LED Aquarium Light is a great choice for anyone who wants to get started with LED lights in their planted tanks or show aquariums!
  • If you aren’t ready for LED lights in your fish tanks, the 48″ T5 216 Watt light provides enough light to keep reef tanks supremely healthy!

Aquarium Filters

  • Penguin filters offer enough water flow and the bio-wheel adds the benefit of more surface area for beneficial bacteria to thrive on!
  • For canister filters, these are getting cheaper priced as the years go on.  The AquaTop canister filters are a huge bargain!

Glass Aquarium Kits

  • For a standard looking aquarium kit, Marina makes a high quality fish tank kit for an incredible price!
  • biOrb offers the most stunning and stylish aquariums out there right now.  You’ll pay a bit more but it’s worth it!  Check these out

There you have it, some of the best selling freshwater aquarium supplies on Amazon.  You won’t be disappointed with these products!

Fish Tank Supplies For Tropical Fish

When it comes to setting up an aquarium, there is always confusion about the best process and what accessories and supplies you actually need to keep your tropical fish safe and healthy! Well, there is good news in that the minimal list of fish tank supplies for most tanks is a short one. Don’t waste your money on expensive gadgets that won’t actually benefit your pets!

The absolutely required supplies include an aquarium of adequate size (which depends on the number and species of fish you will have), an aquarium hood, lighting of some sort (I like fluorescent tubes), a heater (for tropical fish), gravel, and a filter.

Most fish we keep are tropical which means their temperatures should be kept around 75 to 80F but the exact ideal temperature will depend on the species. The filters are another confusing aspect of keeping fish. For smaller aquariums, a “hang on the back” filter should be good enough, but for 50+ gallon fish tanks, an external filter will do a better job at keeping the fish tank clean!

When it comes to your tropical fish, there are not that many fish tank supplies that you actually need to worry about. Unless you are trying to have a top notch show tank that will wow everyone that comes over, you likely just want an aquarium that looks good, has healthy fish, and doesn’t get full of algae. To achieve these goals, you need a good quality filter. This can be an internal filter if you have a smaller fish tank, or a high powered external canister filtration system for saltwater aquariums or larger freshwater ones.

A good heater will provide 5 watts per gallon of water to ensure adequate warming power. A fluorescent lighting system with day-light bulbs and a timer that will allow you to adjust the length of light will help provide light for the plants without promoting algae growth. Finally, good quality gravel is needed to help allow plants to flourish!

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