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Table Of Contents

Introduction

Generic Equiptment

Heaters

Thermometers

Powerheads

Filters

Freshwater Equiptment

Co2 Converters

Saltwater Equiptment

Protein Skimmers

 

Introduction

This section of the site is devoted to information about various pieces of equiptment used in fishkeeping. I will be covering both saltwater as well as freshwater hardware. If you have any suggestions or tips, etc which I haven't covered that you would like to share then feel free to e-mail me or post a message on the messageboard. Full credit will be given.

 

Generic Equiptment

Many pieces of equiptment used in fishkeeping are compatible with saltwater as well as freshwater. Obvious things that fall into this category include the tank itself, stands, heaters, thermometers and powerheads. These things are made standard for either hobby.

 

Heaters

Heaters are an essential piece of equiptment in most setups. The exception to this is some coldwater tanks where the temperature remains at a constantly suitable level without the aid of heating devices. Tank heaters come in several different forms although the most reliable and steady temperature keepers seem to be submersible glass heaters in most people's opinion. Whichever way you go though, you will want to ensure that the heater is adequate at keeping the temperature correct in the tank as well as stable. Some people also opt to place two smaller heaters in their tanks rather than a single large one in case one breaks down.

 

Thermometers

Every tank should have a reliable thermometer. These can range from cheap alcohol based thermometers to expensive digital ones. I personally just use the cheaper alcohol thermometers which stick to the inside of the tank and must be submersed in the water. I doubt they are as accurate as some of the more expensive digital thermometers which have sensors that are placed in the water, but they do the job and I doubt a degree out either way is going to be as harmful to my fish as forking out for a digital thermometer will be to my wallet.

 

Powerheads

Depending on your type of filter a powerhead or two may be neccessary. Powerheads are used to ensure waterflow in the tank as well as good gas exchange at the surface of the water. Both of these are essential to a healthy tank and should be a concern for any fishkeeper.

Good waterflow enables heat and oxygen to be distributed to all areas of the tank and prevents dead spots. Surface agitation is also important as it allows for gasses to be exchanged at the surface. This helps oxygenate the tank as well as let less desirable gasses to escape.

 

Filters

Filters are essential for any tank unless large water changes are maintained. Filters are another piece of equiptment that comes in many different shapes and forms. They can range from simple sponge filters and hang on filters to large canister filters. Regardless of the filter you choose the most important thing to ensure is that the filter chosen can handle the wasteload of the fish you want to keep.



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