So you finally got your new freshwater tank set up in the perfect spot in your home, empty but full of potential. After reading up a few things and asking the right people, you realize that while you may have aquarium maintenance down you still need one crucial ingredient: fish. Considering how much work goes into putting together your tank and maintaining the life existing within it, it’s best to start off with strong, hardy fish who can handle some of your (inevitable) early mistakes. Fish with a communal nature are also a huge plus as most first time aquarium owners like to stock their habitat with a plethora of colorful aquatic life. So let’s take a dive and see which are the best freshwater fish for beginners.
Danios are an energetic species of fish with a peaceful temperament and are most comfortable with a few other Danio companions. Due to their high level of hardiness the Danio make for one of the best freshwater fish for beginners. They are able to handle different types of water conditions and can enjoy a couple fish flakes here and there. These are low maintenance, active and social fish that are able to live in tanks as low as 20 gallons. So give them a shot, the Zebra Danio in particular is very striking!
Black Skirt Tetras and Neon Tetras make for some great looking, hardy beginner fishes. The colors on Neon Tetras in particular can rival that of their saltwater counterparts and they can maintain themselves off of fish flakes (though the occasional blood worm or brine shrimp will be great for them). These are group fish so get a few of them and make sure your tank is around 20 gallons. Tetras are high energy and can be fun to observe in large groups, further establishing them as one of the best freshwater fish for beginners.
Platies are another hardy bunch and are generally very peaceful! They give birth to live young, are easy to breed if you want more of them and are colorful. They are easy to maintain, being able to handle different water conditions (though favoring alkaline water). Platies do well in a community tank; subsisting off fish flakes with the rest of them is not beyond a Platy. These may be the best freshwater fish for beginners – so long as there are other non-aggressive fish in the tank.
Identifiable by their long, sharp looking bottom fin, Swordtails are quite low maintenance when it comes to striving in their aquatic environment. They should be kept with other community oriented fish – though males may become aggressive on occasion (should another male appear as a threat). Keeping a strong water flow somewhere in your tank is a great idea when having one or more swordtails: their natural habitat is in fast flowing water. They also primarily subside on a plant based diet so consider vegetable based flakes for food and you’re good to go!
Particularly, bottom-dwelling catfish like the Cory Catfish! These fish are communal and get along with almost any species of fish out there. They eat often and keep tanks clean – they have a love for vegetable matter but also indulge in the occasional bloodworm. Best of all these fish live a long time and can become a staple in your aquarium! Groups of at least three are advisable as they are social creatures but either way they’ll make a great addition to your tank. They look unique, require little work and are truly up there with the best freshwater fish for beginners.
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When it comes to new commercial or residential construction, distinguishing your property is the name of the game. An aquarium installation is a great way of giving a new home the final touch of interior design it needs. Aquariums provide calm, relaxing atmospheres and can contribute to the look and productivity of any space they occupy. While an aquarium installation can be hassle free, there are a few important things to keep in mind before adding one to your interior decorating project.
What is the right shape for your space?
Aquariums come in a variety of shapes and sizes and determining the size and dimensions to fit a unique space can be fun and creative. In-wall (aka built-in) aquariums can be a classy alternative to the standard bookshelf, or maybe a freestanding aquarium in the middle of the room? If a rectangular aquarium seems too standard there are also options for cylindrical and bubble aquariums that are stylish in their own way. If you want to get really elaborate, there are even corner aquariums that can make the edges of your space that much more beautiful. It is important to determine this choice in the early stages of the design process so aquarium installation remains seamless.
Get creative with colors
An aquarium is going to stand out when put in a room but remember: there’s a whole other room to take into account. How you want to frame an aquarium is a great chance to flex your creative muscles. Do you want your aquarium to really stand out? Use contrasting colors on the walls surrounding your aquarium. You can also pick some calming colors that match your aquarium and allow it to blend with its surroundings. You can even decorate the aquarium itself with products that match the look of the room; it’s the perfect opportunity to use your imagination!
Size up or down, but know what goes with it
A large, pronounced aquarium will certainly bring attention to your space but there are certain things to take into account when choosing. Larger aquariums require more maintenance and additional costs. Smaller aquariums are generally less expensive when it comes to maintenance and aquarium installation can be done quicker but this comes at the sacrifice of fish variety and visual impact. There’s a lot that can be done with big, small or medium sized tanks and ultimately it’s up to you as the designer to see what aquatic features fit with your design goals.
It is important to take all these factors into account in the early planning stages of your project to avoid the hassle of unnecessary construction that comes with last minute alterations. Aquarium care and maintenance are long term factors that will also add to the cost but it’s hard to deny the value of a well built aquarium installation. Your commercial or residential space will stand out above the rest and those who reside in the space. Even people passing by the space will walk away mesmerized.
Aquarium Installation done right!
Looking to offer your clients a unique interior design project on your next remodel or new construction project? Living Aquatic Art Design, Inc works with Interior Designers, Construction Companies, Contractors, Residential Developers and Architects to build custom aquariums for their clients. As a home or commercial property is being built or remodeled, we can partner with your company to build an aquarium the property owner will absolutely love. As many of the fixtures are being installed, our crew can work with your team side by side to build an aquarium into the walls, cabinets, or fixtures prior to the home being completed. This cuts down additional expense for your clients since the aquariums are being built as the property is being built or remodeled.
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