aquarium basics, introduction
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Fishkeeping in a freshwater aquarium is one of the most popular leisure-time activities in the world. Millions of people have discovered the enjoyment, satisfaction, and relaxation that come from maintaining aquariums stocked with colorful tropical fish.


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There are many reasons for keeping aquariums. As educational tools, they provide a first-hand look at nature. We can learn much about fish and their behavior by studying them informally in an aquarium, and we can develop a new respect for their value and beauty.

This hobby also offers many levels of involvement, any of which can be satisfying and fun. You can remain a casual hobbyist or become deeply immersed in all aspects of fishkeeping. The amount of time, effort, and money invested is up to you.


Watching fish is very relaxing. Studies show that the sight of fish swimming quietly in their aquatic home lowers respiration and pulse rates, reduces tension, and provides relief from the stresses of our busy lives.

No matter how small your home, you can always find room for an aquarium; and fish make ideal pets. They are quiet, they don't need to be let outside or taken for walks, they will not damage walls or furniture, and they can be left for a week or two without problem when you go on vacation.

Fishkeeping is a wonderful hobby, but it can be a trying experience for newcomers. The apparent simplicity of a glass tank, water, and some fish is deceiving. While keeping an aquarium is not difficult, it does require some small knowledge of fish and their biological needs.

These articles will focus on keeping freshwater aquariums. Saltwater aquariums are considerably more complicated to maintain and require specialized equipment in many cases. You will learn, step-by-step, everything you need to know to keep a freshwater aquarium. You will find basic information that will help you avoid common problems and mistakes that plague many novices. There is no complex science or technology here, but you'll learn some very simple biological principles, and you'll become familiar with the design and function of aquarium equipment.


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