Fish Tank Size
If you’re just starting out then there is nothing wrong with starting off small and simple. A lot of people get into the hobby with just a betta fish. Unfortunately, they are often in bad shape when in the pet store so make sure you select one that looks healthy and if it doesn’t make it don’t be too upset. 2 or 3 small Tetra or Molly fish will also do well in a small tank. Small tanks still require maintenance so be prepared to do water changes with filtered water or use water conditioner. You can get a small tank cheaply and fit them next to a lamp on any shelf and viola! You’ve got yourself one nice and inexpensive set up that will provide years of enjoyment! Some like the Tetra 3 gallon Aquarium kit even come with some filtration and a light! We have a lot more suggestions for every fish tank size if you go to the following links.
Biocubes are great as well and you can get nice stands for them but be prepared to pay a little more. In the 29-55 gallon tank size range you have a lot of options and will make a great addition to almost any room. You are making a little bit bigger commitment but it still will be a casual one for most people. You can move them without too much trouble and some help. In the 55-90 gallon tank size range you are really beginning to make a big commitment and will require a significant and more or less permanent spot in a room. You really don’t want to be moving a full 75g aquarium too often.
Of course as shown ihttp://www.aquariumfiltersetup.com/10-gallon-fish-tank/n the featured image there are also many custom shapes in many different tank sizes to choose from. For tank sizes over 90 gallons I would strongly recommend an acrylic aquarium. The reason for this is that they are long lasting, durable, lightweight and much easier to move when necessary. Acrylic aquariums are 40% brighter, 17% stronger, and 50% lighter than glass aquariums. They are also very easy to set up custom sump configurations with. Although they scratch a lot easier than glass they can also be buffed with plastic polish and repaired with acrylic panels and glue. We would also generally recommend a sump set up for aquariums over 90 gallons. When your getting to this level you are talking about a dedicated hobbyist with a big commitment. If you don’t know your stuff yet then you better learn real fast! Fortunately, you are on the right website!
There are literally endless possible combinations of tank sizes and shapes. Just make sure you plan out the space, the stand, the place for your filtration, and some room between the tank and the wall. There are plenty of affordable tanks and stands at your local pet store in the 10-50 gallon range that would make great starter tanks and not take up too much space or commitment. The commitment increases as the tank size increases. Many people who get into the hobby soon find a natural desire for a bigger tank size and to take on more commitment.
There are many people with numerous large aquariums and some have even taken their passion all the way up to aquaculture. There is no limit to where someone can take this and someone starting out now might one day be putting ecologically friendly fish on our plate.
To summarize, if you are a beginner a small tank size is perfect. You can get started really cheaply putting a small tank with a nice little power filter on a table next to a lamp. Tank sizes a little larger than that will take just a little more responsibility but are still fairly easy to maintain and can be moved if needed. A 55 gallon tank size is extremely common as it can make for a real nice yet still affordable show tank for any living area. Tank sizes over 55 gallons can be a fairly big commitment and you will really need to plan everything out and not act on any impulse. Beginning with tank sizes 90 gallons and over can get pretty involved and you will likely want to set up a sump along with it. Acrylic tanks are more expensive but offer numerous benefits with a very large tank.
You want to keep in mind that water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon! So a 10 gallon aquarium will weigh over 90 pounds with the weight of the tank! So you can not put even a 10 gallon on a flimsy particle board shelf, you need a sturdy and solid desk top at the minimum. Keep in mind that any stand will have to be sturdy enough to support the tank and the water in the tank for any given tank size. Many stands that are pre made have a lot of shelving underneath. These types of stands are fine but you can not put filtration underneath many of them without modification. Ideally, for most tank sizes, a stand should have at least 25 inches of clearance underneath it for any filtration or a sump area. This is especially important for larger tank sizes. You want a large open space for the sump area.
In medium tank sizes this area could be used for canister filters and other filtration or sometimes just storage. Have what sort of filtration you want to use in mind when selecting a stand. You can buy one pre-made or you can make one yourself for any tank size if you are handy. Of course, there are many skilled craftsmen who would be more than happy to custom make a stand to your specifications.
You can make a stand out of wood or cinder block for any tank size. Accurately measured and solidly connected wood 2×4’s, 4×4’s, and panels can make a nice stand. I’ve even just built a frame, spray painted the frame black, and used black cloth to make a nice skirt all the way around it. It made an inexpensive, nice looking, easy access and sturdy aquarium stand.
You can set up a nice small desktop tank for as little as maybe $50-$200 at the most. In the next tank size range you are probably looking at $300-$1000 for a modest freshwater setup. Any saltwater tank and you can at least double that. For tank sizes in the 55-90 gallon range you are looking at $1000-$3000 for freshwater and double that for salt. This is without anything too fancy. For fish tank sizes over 90 gallons $1500-$3000 would be the starting price with extremely large (300+ gallons) acrylic showcase saltwater tanks easily running in the ten’s of thousands of dollars.
Of course, once you have decided on a fish tank size it is then time to think about the type of aquarium and fish you will have and what filtration system to use for the aquarium.