Aquariums are self-contained water systems where live things are housed together in an artificial habitat to promote the growth of microorganisms. An aquarium is simply a vivarium with at least one clear side where live aquatic organisms or plants are housed and displayed. Most aquariums also contain live rock as a support material, for the placement and maintenance of aquarium accessories, as well as for the aesthetic value of the aquarium itself. Many fish keepers use aquariums to maintain fish, amphibians, invertebrates, aquatic reptiles, and live plants.
These tanks may be designed for one species or several, each having their own size and needs. There are also reef aquariums and saltwater aquariums. reef aquariums are similar to true tropical fish tanks, with a focus on providing a habitat for fish to live in a natural environment. This type of aquariums often house over a hundred fish at a time and can be used to establish an entire reef community over time unique gifts for dad.
The most common form of aquarium in North America is the acrylic tank. These tanks are made from a wide range of materials including fibre glass, metal, fiberglass reinforced plastic, and more. They are widely used for freshwater tanks, with the popularity of the acrylic tank growing along with the advances in the material and manufacturing processes. The most noticeable trait of these tanks is that they have a shiny reflective coating on the glass. Acrylic is considered to be a semi-precious stone by many people.
For freshwater tanks and aquariums, the most commonly used mediums include coral sand, gravel, rock, ceramic, stainless steel, or sandstone. Ceramic aquariums are growing in popularity due to the ease of installation, beauty of the finished product, and sustainability of the production process. Ceramic aquariums require a fair amount of skill in their maintenance and will need to be regularly cleaned and refilled with new marine vegetation. Wood and rock are also options for aquatic plants, but due to the considerable amount of time it takes to properly care for them, they are not as popular.
Glass aquariums, whether they are acrylic or glass, are commonly used in the homes of bathers, or for commercial uses such as in restaurants. These tanks provide a beautiful natural habitat for aquatic wildlife, as well as being the preferred medium for ornamental fish. The main downside to these types of tanks is their size, which may make them too large for smaller aquariums, which are becoming more widely used. Glass aquariums are also very fragile, as they are easily damaged and cannot be repaired easily.
Fiberglass is now widely used in most manufactured aquariums tanks. It is durable and virtually impenetrable. Because of these qualities, it is ideal for use in commercial aquariums. These tanks are very easy to clean and maintain, although care should be taken to occasionally give the tank a good cleaning. Some fish do not like the way that fibre glass is hard, and will often bully and dig at the tank in order to get to the food within. If you do not have the room for large aquariums, then this could be the perfect choice for your tank.