Tips for Getting Your First Fish Tank


Pet fish owners usually have a bad first experience buying their first aquarium and give up too easily. Of course, there’s a way to avoid this scenario, and that’s by planning your fish tank purchase in advance. Even if you have experience, you still need a plan.

Below are some handy tips for choosing and buying your first fish tank:


A lot of people think they can start the hobby with no more than a few dollars, which is not very accurate. If you want to start with decent quality equipment, you should prepare between $150 to $200. And there’s absolutely no reason to settle for less than decent quality. If you find the cost too much for your budget, it’s wiser to save until you have enough cash.

Making a Checklist

Making a checklist of your needs is a great way to start. Such a list should include all the essentials, such as your fish tank, its stand, hood, light, gravel, heater, water cleaning and treatment supplies, net, filter and maybe some decor. All of that on top of the fish and fish food to last until your next visit to the pet store. Speaking of fish, a beginner like you should start with less challenging kinds, such as Bloodfin Texas or the very friendly Gold Fish. Check out to learn more about aquariums.

If your budget is limited, you can always seek help. Maybe take your checklist to a friend or family member who might consider giving you an advance birthday or Christmas gift. Of course, you have another option – buying secondhand equipment, but be sure it’s free of cracks, scratches, etc. And for anything, don’t pay in excess of 50% of the original price.


As a newbie aquarium owner, don’t get tanks made for less than 10 gallons of water. While not many people know it, smaller fish tanks actually are harder to manage, because the toxins can accumulate very fast in such a small amount of water. Not to mention temperature and water chemistry changes set in much faster in cramped spaces. Aim for no less than 20 gallons when getting your first fish tank. There’s a much better chance of it working since a larger tank at will have more room for errors.

How Many Fish?

Lastly, be honest to yourself about how many fish you can keep. This will obviously have a big impact on how big a tank you need, as well as the amount of space you should make available for it. Even if you buy a larger tank, start with a few types of fish that aren’t so difficult to manage. As you become more experienced with aquariums, you can get more challenging types, learn more here!


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