BY JACQUE CROOK
POSTED JANUARY 9, 2012
A globe fish tank is a very unique type of aquarium that gives you a 360-degree view of everything inside the tank. These types of aquariums, however, are a bit tricky to maintain than the regular-sized tanks. If you want to set up this kind of fish tank at home, here are some helpful maintenance tips that you can use.
Generally, globe fish tanks are much trickier to set up and maintain compared to the regular triangular aquariums for their limited space. Because of its small water volume capacity, a globe fish tank needs to have more frequent water replacements. Ideally, tank owners are required to change at least 50% of the tank water every day or every other day. This procedure is done to help replenish oxygen content in the tank water and to take out accumulated dirt.
Never over feed your fish to avoid over accumulation of dirt and faeces. The dirt and the faeces can help speed up bacterial growth and make your tank water highly toxic. If possible, feed them as sparingly as you can. Feeding them once a day should be enough. To avoid any hassles, try test feeding your fish to determine just how much food they can consume. You can then use this pre-determined amount of food to feed them every day after that.
If you worry about not giving your fish sufficient amounts of nutrients, you can opt to feed them with different kinds of fish food in one session. There are now huge selections of fish food products out on the market today so you won't have trouble finding the right items.
One of the biggest disadvantages of keeping a globe fish tank is its limited amount of space. Thus, tank owners are recommended to keep only 1 medium-sized fish (around 1 inch in length) for every 1.5 to 2 gallons of water. The type of fish you put into your tank play a very important factor as well. There are some fish that live fairly well in tight spaces and these are the best types that you can put inside an aquarium globe. Stay away from salt water fish as most of them require larger spaces to swim around. Never overcrowd your fish tanks with too many fish as this can lead to a wide variety of health problems and even, mortality.
And just like all the other aquarium setups, make sure that you use only safe accessories to decorate your aquarium globe. There are now plenty of aquarium decors that contain harmful chemical residues, which can be fatal to your fish. Hence, turn only to well-trusted pet stores and brands for these kinds of items. Always clean them thoroughly before use. Never use soap or detergent as they may also be toxic to your fish. Clean your globe fish tank and all the necessary accessories with hot water instead to kill bacteria and wash away dirt and debris.
Setting up and maintaining a globe fish tank at home can be quite a challenge but this is not an impossible feat. So if you are ready to take on the task, keep these helpful tips in mind.
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