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

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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. Families are actively refreshing their tank designs, upgrading their equipment, and getting more fish as they find that building an aquarium can be beneficial for 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 in 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. In order to apply what they have learned, they 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 fully understand something or complete an unfamiliar task. 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 setup plans 

As with any technical endeavor, it’s best to plan things out before proceeding. You need a lot of know-how in order to build a flourishing aquarium habitat. For example, there are stark differences between saltwater and freshwater tanks. Other important details to take into account are your tank’s capacity, as well as the theme and decorative pieces such as live plants and coral frags. A large chunk of your research should be devoted to how you can best accommodate the fish you put in the aquarium. Take koi fish for example. 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 with each other. 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..

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, as well as 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 with cleaning the aquarium and conducting maintenance on the filters and other equipment. 

An aquarium hobby is a great 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 to bond and grow as a family.

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