Whether you’re still living at home, moving into a dorm at College or buying your first home, it’s always hard when it comes to deciding what pets you’re going to have. If you’re still living at home, then it’s mostly up to your parents. If you’re in a dorm, then it’s mostly up to your roommate. If you’re buying your first home, then it’s entirely up to you, or if you have a partner, they might want a small say in it. If you live in a city, it can be hard thinking about the logistics of having a dog, or the thought of watching a cat run across the road five times a day and almost get killed. Why not get a fish? Fish are low maintenance and easy to take care of. But before you even think about a breed, let’s look at four recommended aquarium items to go with your new pet.
In the world of fish and aquariums, it is a well-known fact that the only item on the list of things to get for the fish that you need is the tank. A fish can survive, prosper and have a long and happy life with just a tank with nothing else in it, so if you’re a minimalist who doesn’t like the thought of it being overcrowded in there, you can stop at the tank. This does mean, however, that you’ll be spending more time cleaning it out – if you don’t invest in a water filtration system then you’ll be doing a lot of the hands-on labor, so you have to decide if that’s the kind of pet owner you want to be. Otherwise, for pet owners on a budget, a tank filled with water is a lovely fish home.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you can invest your money in if you’re thinking of committing to fish ownership for the long haul. A Sump, or a filter, is a little box that is placed in the tank either in one of the corners or up near the surface that filters out any nasty undesirables from the water. This is especially important if you’re somebody who is going to be too busy to change the water on a regular basis, or runs the risk of forgetting. Fish are continually excreting waste, which can build up over time to be fatal to them, so having a system that purifies the water, whether manually or through a sump is highly recommended. Visit Come into the Water and check out why you should invest in getting a sump for your tank – it’ll be better for both of you in the long run.
A cover for the tank is another “luxury” item that can cost you additional money, which isn’t completely necessary. Your fish will have a high quality of life with or without a cover, but in some situations getting a cover is desirable. This is particularly applicable if you have any other pets that can roam. If you have a curious cat that can’t seem to keep away from the fascinatingly new fish tank, then you’ll probably want to get a cover for it – you never know what your cat might try to do while you’re not at home. Another excellent reason for a cover is to create a space saving shelf where you can store other accessories like food and nets – it keeps it all in one place without you having to keep items like this in the kitchen or bathroom drawers.
The fish has not a care in the world, which means it certainly doesn’t mind whether it’s light or dark in the aquarium. However, based on where the tank is placed in your house and what you’re hoping to get out of it, you might want to spend the extra money to light the tank up every once in a while. It can create a pleasing natural ambiance to the lounge or living room, and it also means that you can still admire your sea pets even when it’s nighttime. Putting lights in the tank is entirely optional, and fish certainly don’t need them to survive – but aesthetically it can be quite a cool look to have them illuminated.
Choosing a fish as a first pet is a safe, fun way to go. It’s the perfect test to see if you’re capable of owning and being in charge of a pet, but not too high maintenance that you quickly find yourself out of your depth. Plus, you can get as simple or as complicated as you want with it, buying all kinds of different accessories or just sticking with the trusty old tank you purchased when you adopted the fish.
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