Aquariums are a beautiful way to add a splash of color to one of the rooms in your home which needs livening up. Whether it’s a small fish tank in your bedroom to add a bit of calmness and tranquility to your space, or a large tank designed to act as a really unique room divider, there really is a setup to suit each and every home. Robert Woods dedicated and enthusiastic fish tank designer from Fishkeeping World is going to share some of the best beginner friendly setups for your home.
Setup #1: A Betta Fish Tank
Betta fish make the perfect beginner fish. Not only are they strikingly beautiful with their long flowing fins, but they are also really easy to care for. If you have a small space in your home which you’re looking to introduce some color to, these fish only need a 5 gallon tank which can easily fit on a kitchen surface top, or a small table in your living area. These fish come in a whole range of different colors, with different tail shapes and patterns on their bodies.
To set this tank up, you should place a thin layer of gravel on the base of your tank. Keeping the gravel a neutral color will mean it will fit in with pretty much any interior. You can then place a plant such as an Amazon Sword into the substrate, or use an artificial plant if you’d rather. Betta fish require a heater and a filter, so you should install both of these, fill your tank with de-chlorinated water and leave it to cycle for around four weeks before adding your fish.
Setup #2: A 20 Gallon Species Only Tank
If you would like to keep a few smaller fish, but with the same beautiful colors of the Betta fish, then a group of small Guppies are the perfect fish to keep. Most people choose to keep just the males because they display much brighter colors than the duller females. Like Betta fish, they have lots of amazing patterns and vibrant colors as well as long flowing tails. In a 20 gallon tank, you can include a group of 10 Guppies.
You can set the tank up in the same way you’d set up the Betta tank, but you might want to include a few more plants. Most beginners worry that the larger the tank is the more difficult it will be to look after, however this is far from the truth. The larger the tank, the easier it is to keep the water parameters stable for your fish.
Setup #3: A Large Community Tank
If you have a larger space in your home which you’d like to bring to life, then you might want to consider a 30 or even a 50 gallon tank. A tank of this size will become the focal point of your room and is even large enough to use as a room divider if you’d like to break one of your rooms up.
There are a whole range of different fish species and plants which you can keep in a tank of this size. If you want to add plenty of greenery to your room, you might want to design your own aquascape tank which is basically like creating a garden underwater. One of the most popular and beautiful looking aquascapes is creating a mountain effect under the water, with rocks, plants and stones.
Some beginner friendly fish which you could keep in a planted aquarium include Harlequin Rasboras, Zebra Danios, Guppies and Bristlenose Plecos.