Congrats on taking your first steps towards diving into the beautiful and rewarding hobby of nature aquariums and shrimp keeping.
Like all other things in life it is always best to be organized and plan your strategy before taking action.
Here are some things you need to consider carefully and plan before heading to your local aquarium store to start a tank:
Location, Location, Location: Find a spot that’s not near windows due to direct sunlight & quick temperature changes. Also make sure the place is not high traffic. Make sure your aquarium stand is level. First floors and basements are the Ideal locations for houses because second floor and third floor can get too hot in the summer. Be aware that many unfinished and even finished basements have crooked floors so you will need to make sure you level out your stand or rack before placing and filling tanks up with water. Also, consult everyone in the home before deciding where to put a tank. Your partner might not be happy when she comes home and surprise! There is a 200G sitting in the middle of your bedroom.
Time Management: if you are a busy person with a hectic life, time management for all your tasks and work is key. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend maintaining your tank you should have that in consideration when you pick your tank size, your livestock and even your plants. Low maintenance shrimp and plants are just as magnificent and beautiful as the higher ones. Make the job easier for yourself by doing your research and choosing aquarium items according to your lifestyle.
Make It a Family Affair: It’s always best to get the whole family involved in including the kids. Owning an aquarium will be easier if you split the responsibility with everyone living in the space and It’s a great way to teach kids about pets, nature and the fragility of life without the huge responsibility of a dog or a more demanding pet.
Work it into your Budget: Everyone has a different financial situation, and with enough research and shopping around IT IS POSSIBLE to build and maintain a beautiful tank even with the tightest of budgets. However there are many factors to consider when starting your fish tank that can greatly affect your success rate and add strain to your budget. For example, water is not free and neither is electricity. If you have a small budget and want to set up 20 tanks in your basement all with light intensive plants you will see a significant change in your water bill and your electricity bill. Be realistic, know your financial limits and start off small – with one tank. This way when surprising things come up (like your RO system needing repair or your tank filter breaks) you wont have to break your budget to keep things alive and running. Once you get the hang of it, if your budget and schedule allows then feel free to expand to another tank.
Once you have a good idea of what kind of budget, location, time, size and kind of tank, livestock and plants you want write it down so you can stay organized and on track when you head over to your local aquarium store buy your equipment.
Next on our list to building a Shrimp tank is the most important element in your tank. Part 2 : Your Water.