Having a fish tank or aquarium in your home can provide one of the most rewarding experiences for any lover of fish and their environment. However a custom tank, be it a saltwater or freshwater tank can be an enormously frustrating experiences. Taking fish and other organisms out of their natural environment and transferring them into an artificial environment will take careful preparation and knowledge when you want a custom fish tank.
Preparation and planning can go a long way towards ensuring success.
Here are some of the considerations that every aspirant tank owner should take into account before embarking on a journey towards a fulfilling hobby.
The first consideration must of course be the size of the tank that is both suitable for the species that you want to keep. Not only that but the size of the tank should be in keeping with your lifestyle. It will directly impact on how much time you have available to take care of the tank and its inhabitants.
The second decision that should be made is whether to choose a fresh or saltwater tank. Saltwater aquariums can be extremely complex. Filtration is the number one issue that will allow for either success or failure. Those who are thinking about a saltwater tank should consult a professional. There is of course the cost – a large custom made saltwater tank can cost in the region of $4,500.
The types of fish are also a consideration. It’s unlikely that someone who wants a custom made tank would want to keep Goldfish, but the other end of the scale makes purchasing and keeping fish an expensive hobby. For instance Angel Fish can cost upwards of $2,000.
Those who want a custom tank are often motivated by the idea of recreating a natural environment for the fish that will call it home.
A custom tank is ideal for this. But once again a custom tank and its design are best handled by experts. It is not only the design and materials that are important, but the species that will be housed in the tank, the equipment that is required in order to keep fish and other species happy and healthy and just how it will fit into an individuals lifestyle and decor choices.
All of these factors make it important to seek the advice of experts. these tanks are a significant investment and should be treated as such.