If your little one nags you about buying him a pet but you are worried that he won’t be able to look after it properly and you simply cannot afford to squeeze in another daily task for yourself, a compromise solution would be buying an aquarium.
Besides the fact that a fish aquarium adds some color to your home, it has been scientifically proved that fish bring a lot of benefits to our health by reducing the stress level and improving our overall mood.
Also, here is a great opportunity to teach your child how to become responsible. You could educate your kid to take care of his new exotic friends in such a way that he won’t perceive it as a punishment, but a reward. So here’s a win-win situation: make your child your daily aquarium cleaning partner and he will not only enjoy your company, but will also learn to become more independent, and self-confident with each task he gets.
Now, let’s see what you should consider when choosing an aquarium for a child:
The Volume Of The Aquarium
It is by far the most important feature to look into before purchasing an aquarium. You will have to choose depending on the spare room you have in your house, but also on the number of fish that will be using the aquarium.
You can, for a start, go for a 40-gallon tank. They’re pretty lightweight, versatile, and easy to place in any corner of the house. They are suitable for salty and freshwater and can accommodate about 15 little fish, give or take.
Meanwhile, when you feel like upgrading your aquarium, you can opt for a beautiful 50-gallon aquarium and so on.
We would suggest smaller fish for your first aquarium. The most low-maintenance species of fish that you can start with are molly, xipho, or guppy. Make sure to look up for their compatibility. For instance, nigro or betta are not compatible with the species mentioned before, so they might attack each other.
Keep in mind that bringing together incompatible species might lead to a rather unpleasant experience for you and your child.
The Maintenance Kit
Your maintenance kit should contain a small fishnet, a recirculating pump, a heater with thermostat, an illumination system, a timer that simulates the day/night cycle, and a food dispenser.
To make the aquarium look even more vivid, and to create a proper environment for the fish inside, ad some ornamental plants and some aesthetic gravel. Make sure to choose natural plants over plastic plants. You will easily find low-maintenance plants that ensure the preservation of the chemical features of the water.
Water filtering is necessary not only to clean impurities and the rest of the unsightly mess but also to maintain a healthy environment for the fish. Most of the water filters are internal and use a replaceable cartridge.
Besides water filtering, we recommend a gravel aquarium vacuum cleaner that will clean your aquarium’s in-depth surface, keeping the water’s pH to a more than decent level.
So, although it looks simple, the maintenance of an aquarium is a quite complex process. But with time and with the help of your cleaning assistant with whom you can share tasks, it can become a therapeutic routine that can bring you and your child closer together.