There are many different reasons why people become interested in keeping an aquarium as a hobby. Many like the idea of owning and taking care of pets that are relatively low maintenance, and certainly make less mess than other types. Others love pets but can't have one in their condos building. Almost everyone who owns an aquarium loves the added ambiance that these living murals can add to any room, from a family room to the entrance foyer.
What a lot of people tend to forget, at least when first purchasing an aquarium, is that they are, in effect, creating a miniature ecosystem within their own homes. It is imperative to remember that nature is a harsh place, no matter how removed that idea has become. If, for instance, your were to put up your house for sale and you need to move the aquarium, that's going to affect those inside! In this section of our site, we are going to talk about the different species you may have living in your home aquarium and the ways in which they interact with each other.
Understanding the species that live in your mini-ecosystem is the best way to ensure that they live the longest and healthiest lives possible. This is important on several levels. First, of course, buying a living creature means taking on a responsibility for its life. If you decide to put an aquarium in the waiting room of your office, you need to make sure there is someone there every day who knows how to care for the fish in it. If you have a dog collar making business however for example, and the office is used only once a week, a fish tank is a terrible idea.
Second, buying species for your aquarium can mean a significant outlay of resources. There are many types of fish, reptiles, and amphibians that are incredibly expensive to buy. The last thing you want is to come home from work one day and find that purchase has passed its expiry date way too early because you decided to decorate with words on the animal's home and they were poisoned by the materials you used!
The matter of life, death, and health is at the heart of why you need to understand who lives in your aquarium, the tendencies of these residents, and their specific needs. As we said in the introduction, nature can be a harsh place and you are effectively bringing nature into your own home. This means considering a couple of different areas:
How do species interact with one another? Just because a fish isn't predatory doesn't mean it poses no risk to others. Some fish are very aggressive, and need a lot of space or to be kept away from other species altogether. Understanding this can help you decide on the right species purchase.
What kind of space does this species need? Not only dimensional considerations, but levels, are important here. Some species prefer the upper layers of an aquarium; others love the bottom or even the walls.
Vital systems. Finally, you will need to understand the needs of the species in your tank as defined by the diets they require, the quality of oxygen that they need, and several other vital systems.
These are the different areas that we are going to look at, as far as creating the ideal miniature ecosystem for you aquatic pets. Understanding the nature of the different species that may call your aquarium home will mean a better understanding of their needs, which in turn will lead to the best experience possible for the pet owner. Click here to learn more about what an ecosystem is.