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Why You Need an Aquarium in Your Life

The Benefits of an Aquarium and how to get started

Child Watching Aquarium Action. (Picture from Canva Premium Gallery)

Do you feel like your life is missing something? Maybe you need an aquarium in your life! If you’re looking for a new hobby that can relax you and brighten up your home, an aquarium is a great option. They are beautiful to look at, can be very therapeutic, and there are a variety of fish to choose from that can suit any personality. Here are four reasons why an aquarium can improve your life:


An aquarium can help you relax. Watching fish swim is a great way to destress and unwind after a long day. The gentle movement of the fish and the soothing colors of the water can help you feel more calm and collected.

Clownfish Aquarium (Picture from Canva Premium Gallery)

An aquarium can boost your mood. Studies have shown that looking at fish can help reduce anxiety and improve your mood. If you’re feeling down, spending some time gazing at your aquarium can help you feel happier.


An aquarium can provide a sense of achievement. Caring for an aquarium takes time and effort, but it’s rewarding to see your hard work pay off. Watching your fish thrive in a healthy environment that you created is a great feeling.


An aquarium can be a conversation starter. Having an aquarium in your home is a great way to start conversations with guests. People are often curious about fish and want to know more about them. An aquarium can also be a fun way to bond with family and friends.

Aquarium as a Conversation Starter (Picture from Canva Premium Gallery)

What do you need for an aquarium?

Now that you know the benefits of having an aquarium, you might be wondering what you need to get started. Here’s a basic list of supplies:

  • Aquarium

  • Fish food and Fish

  • Filter

  • Heater

  • Light

  • Water Pump

  • Gravel

  • Plants (real or fake)

  • Decorations (optional)

I have the Aquatlantis Aquatower 96, which comes with a filter, heater, light, and water pump already included! (I’m not sponsored, by the way)


Once you have all the supplies, it’s time to set up your aquarium! This can be a fun process, and there are many different ways to do it. You can get creative and design your aquarium however you like.

My Aquarium before at the start and after a few months. (Designed with Canva Premium)

Be sure to do your research before adding any fish, as some fish require special care.


Adding fish to your aquarium

Now that your aquarium is set up, it’s time to add some fish! This can be a difficult decision, as there are so many different types of fish to choose from. Do you want a tiny little beta fish or a school of brightly colored neon tetras? It’s up to you!


Here are a few things to keep in mind when adding fish to your aquarium:


The size of your aquarium — Be sure to get fish that are appropriate for the size of your aquarium. If you have a small tank, avoid getting large fish.


The number of fish — It’s important not to overcrowd your aquarium. Be sure to research how many fish your aquarium can accommodate.


The type of fish — Some fish require special care, so be sure to do your research before adding any fish to your tank.

Research, Plan, Act. (Picture from Canva Premium Gallery)

Here is a list of good starter fish:

Guppies — These little fish are very easy to care for and can add a splash of color to your aquarium.


Platies — These fish are similar to guppies and are also very easy to care for, but they are bigger than Guppies


Neon Tetras — These brightly colored fish are a great addition to any aquarium.


Bettas — Betas are beautiful fish that come in a variety of colors. But they aren’t necessarily the easiest fish to care for.

Betta Fish (Picture from Canva Premium Gallery)

I have Snails (Came in through a Plant), Guppies, Platies, and Bushymouth Catfish.


Here is my Aquarium Family Tree i created for fun;)

My Aquarium Family Tree! (Designed with Canva Premium)

Adding plants to your aquarium

Plants are a great addition to any aquarium and can provide hiding places for your fish. They also help to oxygenate the water and keep the tank clean. There are many different types of plants to choose from, so be sure to do your research before choosing any plants for your aquarium.


Here are a few good starter plants:

Java Fern — This plant is very easy to care for and can grow in a variety of conditions.


Anubias — This plant is very hardy and can also grow in a variety of conditions.


Bacopa — This plant grows quickly and can help to oxygenate the water.


Limnobium laevigatu — This plant floats on the surface of the water and can help to keep the tank clean.

Anubias and Limnobium Laevigatu (Picture from Canva Premium Gallery)

There are many different types of plants to choose from, so be sure to do your research before choosing any plants for your aquarium.


Decorating your aquarium

Now that you have your fish and plants, it’s time to decorate your aquarium! This is the fun part where you can get creative and design your aquarium however you like. There are many different types of decorations to choose from, so be sure to do your research before choosing any decorations for your aquarium.


Here are a few good starter decorations:

Rocks — Rocks can provide hiding places for your fish and can add a natural element to your aquarium.


Caves — Caves can provide hiding places for your fish and can also add a natural element to your aquarium.


Driftwood — Driftwood can provide hiding places for your fish and can also add a natural element to your aquarium.


Decoration Objects like sunken Ships, treasure chests, or pirate flags — Decoration objects can add a fun and creative element to your aquarium.

There are many different types of decorations to choose from, so be sure to do your research before choosing any decorations for your aquarium.

Aquascaping (Picture from Canva Premium Gallery)

Aquariums can be a great addition to any home and can provide hours of enjoyment. Fish are a great way to relax and de-stress, and they can also be a great conversation starter. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to add an aquarium to your life!

Do you already have an aquarium? What type of fish do you have?

I hope you learned a little bit about why you need an aquarium in your life and how to get started with setting up your own aquarium. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below, i would be happy to help!


Happy Fishkeeping! :)


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