Aquarium Fish Tank Supplies – Where to buy supplies

Many aquarists, both beginner and advanced, find themselves wondering how to get the best deals on aquarium supplies. The concern with this stems from the fact that there are too many available when it comes to sources for aquarium / fish tank supplies. With the variety of supplies and accessories needed by aquarists, finding the best deals can be crucial.

Buying fish tank supplies from the manufacturer

Buying directly from the manufacturer can be a great way to get some of the more expensive accessories for your aquarium. Fish tank supplies that are best bought from the manufacturer include those that aren’t readily available locally. This usually includes special filters for larger aquariums and custom aquarium hoods.

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The benefits of buying from the manufacturer include a guaranteed supply. Many manufacturers are willing to help out a hobbyist by directly selling them items that are not widely available. They also know a great deal about their products and can answer any questions you may have.

Buying aquarium supplies from your local pet store

Local pet stores are great for the basic aquarium supplies. They almost always have a wide range of simple supplies that will fulfill your needs. Such things as foods and medications for your fish are usually priced competitively at your local pet store. Other items that best bought locally include heavy or bulky items such as aquarium gravel or large decorations. These could be expensive to have shipped.

Unfortunately, pet stores can fall into the trap of hiring staff that are not the most knowledgeable about fish. They can give misleading information, or advice that is just plain incorrect! If you are planning on buying aquarium / fish tank supplies locally, you should still do your research online first.

Buying fish tank supplies online

Buying online is one of the best methods of stocking your aquarium. Fish tank supplies are widely available online, and the competition from internet suppliers has resulted in great deals for many accessories. The best fish supplies to buy online are ones you need in bulk or items that are often on special. Be on the lookout for great deals on filter media, lighting, filters, equipment, and even aquarium plants.

When it comes down to it, there are many sources for your fish tank supplies. Depending on the specific item, they may be best purchased from your local pet store, the manufacturer, or online stores. If you are buying online, the best place to look is definitely Drs. Foster and Smith’s sale center!

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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 »

Small Tanks That Are Easy To Keep

Small tanks are much easier to keep, especially if you compare it to the hard work it takes to maintain a conventional or super sized aquarium. For starters, you have a very limited surface area to work with, and that means you don’t have a lot of glass or plastic panes to scrub in case the algae growth becomes a problem. Seriously speaking though, small tanks require a limited number of “residents” only. In fact, in such cases, the less finny residents you have, the better the more stable the aquarium environment becomes. That also translates to having fewer maintenance issues to deal with.

Additionally, the environment for mini aquariums like these can be easily controlled with just a few tweaks, especially if you are taking care of salt water or brackish marine life. Aside from the temperature, there should also be careful regulation of the salinity level of the water and the amount of oxygen that this artificial aquarium environment can sustain. All these can easily be calculated with smaller aquariums. Better yet, if your salinity is too low, it should only take the addition of a small amount of salt to remedy the situation. As you can imagine, there are fewer long-term supply costs associated with smaller aquariums.

The worst thing that owners of small tanks can do is to overstock such containers with all manner of water dwelling creatures. Overstocking often leads to the quick accumulation of too much waste (especially ammonia and nitrite) that the small sized filters cannot efficiently detoxify. This can prove very dangerous to your finny pets as well because the waste is directly toxic to fish life.

If you have found yourself in this situation (which usually shows up as cloudy aquarium water), it is generally recommended to change up to 50% of the water per day until the filter stabilizes with enough bacteria to detoxify the ammonia. Another idea would be to remove some of the fish to another aquarium (or a pet store) to help reduce the production of even more waste.

Overall, there is a lot of discussion as to whether large aquariums or small tanks are easier to maintain. Because of easier initial setup and cheaper long-term cost of supplies, small aquariums seem to be the new craze!

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