NYC Apartment Aquarium Guide
October 22nd, 2018
Your apartment looks great. You’re all moved in, you’ve got your furniture arranged perfectly, and your cat is purring contentedly on the couch. You’re as pleased as punch with your Stonehenge NYC apartment, but you’re still hoping to take your home to the next level. Adding an aquarium is a fun and rewarding way to add a some life to your already awesome apartment. Once you get everything in place, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to maintain a tiny aquatic ecosystem in the big city. Not sure where to begin? We’re here to help! Choosing the Right Size: Space is at a premium in most NYC apartments, which means it’s best to keep things small. Once you master the maintenance of a smaller fish tank, then you can consider upgrading to something larger. We recommend choosing an aquarium in the 10 to 20 gallon range to begin. Finding the Right Spot: Your aquarium is going to be filled with life, so finding the right spot for it is critical. If your fish get too hot or too cold, they might die. That means you should avoid placing your fish tank too close to heaters or air conditioners. Obviously, your fish tank is meant to be looked at so be sure to find a spot that affords you, your visitors, and your cat a good view of the tank. Most fish don’t mind direct sunlight, but too much sunlight can cause algae to grow more quickly. Like most New Yorkers, fish don’t like a lot of sound, so keep them away from speaker systems and other sources of intense sound. Salt or Fresh?: Saltwater fish are unique and beautiful, and many aquarium lovers pride themselves on keeping them. That said, saltwater fish require a lot more maintenance and know-how. Since this guide is for beginners, we strongly recommend you go with freshwater fish. Essential Aquarium Gear: Your aquarium is more than just a box filled with water. There are several pieces of equipment that are critical to maintaining happy, healthy fish.
- Aquarium Stand: Your aquarium can’t just sit on the floor. You could place it on a dresser or some other piece of furniture, but it’s best to use a designated aquarium stand. Remember, aquariums are heavy and not all furniture can hold the weight.
- Fish Food: Your fish need to eat! Make sure they never go hungry.
- Filter: Old food, fish waste and general gunk can quickly turn your tank into a nasty place to live. The filter circulates the water and helps keep the fish tank clean for longer. This will keep your fish healthy.
- Top Cover/Lights: A lid for your fish tank will keep your fish from jumping out, and prevent other pets from getting too curious. Most of them come with built-in lights to illuminate your tank for better fish-viewing.
- Gravel: Your fish want to feel like they’re living in the natural world. A bed of aquarium gravel will make them feel at home. It’s also a great way to keep your decorations in firmly in place.
- Heater: A heater will keep your fish at a comfortable temperature if your apartment gets cold! (This may not be necessary if you’re not keeping tropical fish)
- Decorations: Your fish tank is a work of art. Pet stores are filled with decorative plants and sculptures that can take your fish tank to the next level. Fish enjoy these decorations too because they provide places to explore and hide in. A shipwreck or rocky cave is fun to look at and pleasant for your fish to live in.
- Fishnet: Sometimes you need to get pets and other assorted items into and out of your tank. A simple fishnet on a handle will make this super easy.
- Chemicals: Believe it or not, your tap water isn’t all that healthy for fish. It contains minerals and other nasty stuff that your fish may not like. To make sure the water is perfect for your fish, use an aquarium start up pack.