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by Andre’ Brincat


An aquarium can be put anywhere thanks to modern equipment; the tank is completely self sufficient and only needs a socket for electric current.

The aquarium is not only a container for fish and plants but generally also serves as a type of household ornament, meaning that it should therefore be put in the sitting room or entrance hall.

The aquarium must have a fixed place right from the beginning. Moving a full or even a half-empty aquarium is practically impossible not only because of its weight but also because of the risk of cracking the glass.

The aquarium should be placed on a stable and perfectly ‘level’ support, neither the floor nor the support should wobble. It is necessary to remember that a final weight of about 1.2 to 1.5kg should be calculated for every litre of tank capacity, in other words, a fifty litre tank will weigh about 60 to 70kg depending on its type of furnishing. Never place the bottom pane of the tank directly on a rigid surface.

To transform the tank into a perfectly functioning aquarium, three accessories are basically necessary:

  • A lighting unit.
  • Autonomous heating.
  • A filter system.

Obviously the survival of animals in an aquarium depends to a large extent on the food with which they are fed. An adequate diet not only keeps them alive but also enables them to grow and in the case of fresh water fish helps them to reproduce. The food should approximate as far, as is possible, be food found in nature. For this reason, the administration of live food used to be suggested, but nowadays almost all fish sold in specialised shops are used to feeding on ‘artificial’ food. A wide range of food stuffs ranging from flakes to granules, from freeze dried to frozen foods is available on the market. It is simply a question of choice … and a bit of good sense.

Types of aquarium fish

  1. B. titteya
  2. Betta splendens
  3. Brachydanie albolineatus
  4. B. rerio,
    • Chanda ranga,
    • Calisa fasciata,
    • C. labiosa,
    • C. lalia
  5. Corydoras
  6. C. paleatus,
    • Gymnacorymbus ternetzi,
    • Helostossa temminckii,
    • Hemigrammus namus,
    • H. ocellifer,
    • Hyphessobrycon collistus,
    • H. flassmeus,
    • H. gracils,
    • H. pulchripimis,
    • Hypostomus plecostomus,
    • Labeo bicolor,
    • Macropodus opercularis,
    • Melanotaenia boesemani,
    • Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae,
    • Paracheirodan innesi
  7. Poecilia reticulata
  8. P. latipinna,
    • P. velifera,
    • Pristella maxillaris,
    • Pterophyllun scolare
  9. Basbora heteromorpha,
    • Tanichthys albonubes,
    • Trichogoster leeri
  10. T. trichopterus,
    • Xiphophorus helleri

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