Types of Aquariums

There are many options in choosing and designing an aquarium. One of the first decisions you must make it whether you wish to have a freshwater or saltwater aquarium. The difference between these two types of aquariums is primarily in the tanks inhabitants, and secondarily, in the care and maintenance of the tank.

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Freshwater Aquariums

Freshwater aquariums are generally easier to maintain, less expensive and great for beginners in the aquarium hobby. The fish are generally hardy and forgiving of some variability in their environment. They can be captivating, packed with fun, colorful décor. MORE »

Saltwater Aquariums

Saltwater aquariums are attractive because of the vivid and extraordinary sea creatures that can dwell in your tank, but they are a little trickier to maintain, as you have to recreate and maintain a stable ocean environment in order for your inhabitants to thrive. MORE »

Reef Aquariums

A subcategory of saltwater aquariums is reef aquariums. With a reef aquarium, you move beyond a fish-only environment and start to include interesting reef fauna, live rock and live coral. The lighting and accessories needed to provide the stability for this environment become increasingly technical. MORE »