Saturday, January 03, 2009

Fishy Business Part 2

This is the second part of the Fishy Business series :)
You can find part one here [link]

With ever decreasing temperatures this winter season it very important to a) maintain ideal temperatures and b) water flow.

a) Most of us keep tropical freshwater fish in our aquariums and these little guys love to be in water that's around 25-28 Degrees Celsius. To do this the best option is buying a submersible aquarium heater. Turn the thermostat dial to 27 and install it near the water inlet of your pump. This will circulate warm water around the tank.


You may find this guide useful when buying a heater

Heater Size Guide

Gallons/Liters

5ºC/9ºF

10ºC/18ºF

15ºC/27ºF

5 gal/25 L

25 watt

50 watt

75 watt

10 gal/50 L

50 watt

75 watt

75 watt

20 gal/75 L

50 watt

75 watt

150 watt

25 gal/100 L

75 watt

100 watt

200 watt

40 gal/150 L

100 watt

150 watt

300 watt

50 gal/200 L

150 watt

200 watt

two 200 watt

65 gal/250 L

200 watt

250 watt

two 250 watt

75 gal/300 L

250 watt

300 watt

two 300 watt

[Courtesy link]

b) All aquariums need a water circulation and filtration system. There are many varieties to choose from. If your tank comes with an overhead system (like my previous one) you don't need an additional pump. The device should be left on all the time coz this can prevent diseases like fungal growth.

3 comments:

Negooshi said...

Excellent guide man. This should help me when I make my own aquarium soon!

Keep up the good work :)

Jonyboy said...

Good piece of info and nice pics.

Had an aquarium myself a few years back which was home to lovely n healthy, orange n black gold-fishes....but not anymore.

Hav bigger fishes, to take care of now....sigh!!! But no complaints......I'm loving it.

Mathai said...

Thanks guys !

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