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Building An Aquarium As A Family Hobby: What You Need To Know

Pet fish are the most popular pet in America as new data reveals that there are about 140 million of them in homes across the country, reports Families are actively refreshing their tank designs, upgrading their equipment, and getting more fish as they find that building an aquarium can benefit their lifestyle.  Just like building a garden. Setting up a fish tank can be great fun for the whole family. If you’re thinking about introducing a new hobby to your partner and children, here’s what you need to know about building an aquarium.

Why set up an aquarium as a family hobby?

Tending an aquarium offers a wealth of benefits to children’s mental growth.

There is arguably more to be learned in caring for aquarium fish than taking care of dogs, cats, or birds.

This is because of the highly technical requirements to maintain fish habitat.

To learn how best to raise fish, kids would have to learn good reading habits and research techniques.

Applying what they have learned will also develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Aside from intellectual benefits, raising fish also provides a valuable opportunity for children and parents to bond.

Children sometimes need a helping hand in order to understand something or complete an unfamiliar task fully.

So, managing an aquarium habitat gives parents a perfect chance to step in and teach their children something new while spending quality time together. 

Happy family looking at fish tank at the aquarium

Laying out your aquarium set up plans 

As with any technical endeavor, it’s best to plan things out before proceeding.

You need a lot of know-how to build a flourishing aquarium habitat.

For example, there are stark differences between saltwater and freshwater tanks, shares Pet MD.

Other important details to consider are your tank’s capacity and the theme, and decorative pieces such as live plants and coral frags.

How you can best accommodate the fish you put in the aquarium should devote a large chunk of your research.

Take koi fish, for example, says Build Your Aquarium.

Koi fish are well-known to grow to massive sizes in certain conditions.

This has a large impact on how the tankmates you choose will coexist. Raising special fish such as koi fish in an aquarium involves knowing how well they can adapt to the environment and the community of fish you put them in state the experts at Aquariumsphere.

How to get your kids invested in this new hobby

At first, you may find that your kids are not as enthusiastic about an aquarium hobby as you hoped.

You can fix that with activities that get them invested in the prospect of tending an aquarium.

Visiting public aquariums is a great example. This lets them see how beautiful a successful aquatic habitat can be and inspires them to cultivate one of their own.

Another way is to give them some say in aquarium matters, such as choosing new fish or decor to buy.

They can also choose the names of the fish and decide how to distribute the labor in their care and feeding.

Learning more about fish and habitat management should be a family affair where you all work together.

The same goes for cleaning the aquarium and maintaining the filters and other equipment. 

An aquarium hobby is an excellent opportunity to teach your kid life lessons, thinking skills, and even social skills.

Build an aquarium with your loved ones and see how this new pastime can help you bond and grow as a family.

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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