What make of aquariums / equipment are good and what makes should I avoid?
I'm a total novice when it comes to aquariums and I'm looking at starting from scratch with a budget of about £350. What makes of aquarium are considered to be good (and also the equipment)? I don't want to buy any old crap and I don't want to be ripped off.
Question answered by The Plec
Larger aquariums will obviously cost more to set up and run in the long term, the cost will also depend on the brand. For about £350 you could get yourself a 2-3ft glass tank with all of the necessary equipment such as a filter, heating and lighting and still have some money left over for extras.
The Juwel and Fluval range are highly regarded in the UK for value for money and the quality of the equipment supplied.
I'll break everything down into a list for you, this is just an example.
Juwel Rio 125 aquarium and cabinet £214 from http://www.seapets.com
Two buckets £15
Gravel siphon £6-8
Test kit (pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate) £20
Spare heater £15
Algae scrapers £4
Small bottle of ammonia (to start the cycling process) £3
That leaves you with £63 to decorate the aquarium to your own tastes and stock it with fish. This may seem a bit tight however you won't be stocking the aquarium with fish immediately after setting up the tank and you have to take things slowly when building up the fish numbers.
Remember that the key to success in fishkeeping is research. There are plenty of good fishkeeping forums around the net. Take a look at the following links:
Alternatively feel free to send me an email.
People who work at aquariums or work half the time underwater?
What kind of study/degree do you need to work at aquariums (swimming with dolphins and etc) or work with studying things underwater (like scuba diving and whatnot) and what are those people called? Marine Biologists?
Question answered by Heather H
Marine Biologists, Marine Mammal Trainer, Marine Ecologist, Aquarist, Aquaculture Researcher, Conservation Scientists, etc
There are a few different jobs that fit your description. Try looking through some job listings to see the education requirements.
You could also try contacting aquariums for info on jobs.
Other links you may find useful:
What is the difference between AQUARIUMS and AQUARIA?
I remember reading an article before regarding the difference between aquariums and aquaria. But unfortunately, I cannot recall what the difference is.
Does anyone know the difference between the two terms?
Question answered by judith r
the aquarium is just the tank. aquaria is the tank and everything that goes in or with it.
What is a good substrate for planted aquariums?
I have had aquariums while but none have live plants in them. I planning on setting up a new tank but i know there things about good substrate, amount of light, and co2. I have the light down and DIY co2, problem is now what should i do for the substrate.
I have read about fine gravel, sand, and soil(usually plant soil).
I was wondering which one should i use and how should i set it up.
Question answered by Eight
i have several planted tanks, all with different substrates and all plants do fine ... and considering you are going all out with the lighting and co2, i think you can just pick the substrate you like the look of because in my experience plants grow in all mediums ... i have the cheapest play sand to the most expensive aquarium sand, ADA aqua soil, and gravel, and the plants do fine in every tank with low light and no co2, only weekly liquid fertilizer ...
What are some places with really good aquariums?
I want to work in an aquarium and maybe become an aquarist or aquarium curator or something like that. Where are the best aquariums in the US located. Preferably on the coast but it's ok if it's not. The town should be a good area, too.
Question answered by Michael
Boston, MA pretty cool 3 floor aquarium there Boston aquarium search it up.
How do the manufactured aquariums with fully covering lid get the air supply?
My aquariums have an open space at the top of the sides for air let in and out. But the factory made aquariums I saw seem to be closed on all sides with tightly fitting lids and I wondered, how does oxygen get in? I know that airators are basically used not to supply oxygen but to let the water circulate so that more water comes to the surface and trap oxygen. If that is the case how do we let oxygen to the tank so that surface water traps oxygen?
Question answered by Scott S
well. aerators...aerate the water, so thats for putting air in the water. pumps circulate the water. and the closed lids are not sealed. therefore air is always circulating due to the water at the surface. and the holes in your lid are for chords and tubes from the stuff your using to keep your aquarium running
How much are old aquariums worth?
I have a few old aquariums that I would like to sell along with tank accessories. Is there any way to find out a fair price to ask for these items? They are fairly small in size. (probably 2 feet long, 1 1/2 feet tall, and 1 foot wide. There is one larger one that is pretty old, too. Thank you.
Thank you for the answers. I am going to try to peddle them myself. I just don't know anything about the worth of them. Now I know a fair pricing and thank you for that!
Question answered by discosaur
How old are they? You might want to check for leaks before you try to sell them. Put them on newspapers in the bathtub or outside, fill with water, and let sit over night.
Even if they leak, you can sell them cheaply as cages for small animals like hamsters.
You might want to measure them exactly and check the sizes against the ones listed on an aquarium supply site. Even petco.com probably has tank dimensions listen in their fish section.
If they're 10-gallon tanks, I'd ask five dollars for the tank itself, plus more for the accessories. You can buy a new 10-gallon for about 10 dollars, so 50% off for a used tank is a good price.
If they're 20-gallon tanks, ask 10 dollars.
What kind of accessories do you have? If you have stands for the tanks, I'd say 10 dollars for the stands, and 10 more dollars if you have a filter and heater. If you have gravel/fake plants/etc. just throw that stuff in for free, since a lot of people might not necessarily want it.
What are the top 10 things most aquariums should improve ?
I'm about to go on a long/exciting trip to this very famous aquarium. I just need to do a little research to get to know how aquariums should improve. I've thought of, a I think, 11 or 12? I want to have at least 10 more improvements that aquariums should approve upon of. Thank You!
Question answered by TheRav1n
It depends on the aquarium, I've been to amazing aquariums with beautiful displays, healthy fish, and they just take your breath away! I've been to others where the average fish shop provides a better showcase.
Things that are nice:
2) Identification and bios on the fish types
3) "Petting" zoo (cucumber, starfish, etc) or other interactive hands-on things
4) Larger walking areas (I hate a cramped aquarium where you cannot even get to the glass to look!)
5) More walk through aquariums (like the shark tunnel ones or the jelly fish ones where the fish surround you)
6) Conveyor belts (been to one with these and they were GREAT!)
7) Ecosystems: don't just show me the fish, show me where and how they live
8) Breeding tank: I went to one aquarium that had a thing on how corals grow and fish reproduce. They had coral frags they were growing and eggs they were hatching, they also had a fry tank...very cool!
9) More guides or employees around to answer questions, many people will ask "what kind of fish is that?" and they only have the public there to help them.
10) Information on their system, like a behind the scenes video or information area where they talk about feeding schedules, how they filter the tanks, etc.
What places have huge aquariums in Southern California?
I am doing a stats project for school and I got this ridiculous assignment. I need to find out places that have either freshwater or saltwater aquariums in their places of business & where they are (either addresses or intersections & city).
Places such as casinos, doctor's offices, dentists, etc.
Thanks for your help!
People with the most descriptive or with the most places will receive best answer.
Question answered by postal p
How do they get the animals in aquariums?
How do they get the animals in aquariums like the Georgia Aquarium or the Adventure Aquarium?
Question answered by Catawba
These animals are often not bred in captivity. They are shipped from the wild, where they are caught in brutal ways. They are torn away from their families and shipped to be "trained" as circus clowns. http://www.hsus.org/marine_mammals/what_are_the_issues/marine_mammals_in_captivity/
They go through mental breakdowns and often try to kill themselves (stop breathing, or ram their heads repeatedly into walls). It is a very violent business keeping Marine Mammals in captivity. The animals welfare isnt taken into consideration. The aquariums make tons of money off of them, and when they die they get a new one.
Do some research online about Marine Mammals in Captivity, you will be horrified by what you find.