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Beginners Fishkeeping

Tropical Fish Aquarium Equipment

What Equipment will I need for my aquarium?

Beginners Guide to Keeping Tropical FishStarting with the obvious, you'll need an aquarium.

There's a lot of choices of aquarium, so firstly, what size would be ideal?

If its for an average size living room, a 3 foot aquarium would be ideal and if you're feeling ambitious go for a 4 foot tank. Go for one with good depth and height dimensions too.

Some manufacturers such as Juwel include lights, heating and filter in with the aquarium, as a complete kit. If not, you'll need to purchase the lights, heater and filter separately. Find out more on the relevant section of the website.
Other equipment you'll need includes:-

An aquarium thermometer.
A net for catching fish.
A syphon for water changes.
An algae magnet.
Water Testing Equipment.
A planting Tool

You'll also need to landscape your aquarium with a substrate such as gravel, and features such as rock or wood items.

You will almost certainly want to have plants in the beginners aquarium.