Thank you for joining us in this section on measuring your aquarium and selecting your equipment! There are all sorts of shapes and sizes when it comes to aquariums, so we will cover some of the basics to help you set started!
The main goal of any tank is to exhibit aquatic life! Knowing what kind of life you will be hosting in your tank is an essential step in deciding what type of aquarium you will need.
Things to consider are the types of fish, plants, corals, crustacions, or inverts you wil house. Also, you will have to learn which type of water they will live in: Freshwater, Brackish, or Marine.
Once you have decided on the contents of your tank, you can then determine the material it will be made of. Typically, tanks under 240 gallons will be made of glass and cubic in shape. Standard glass aquariums are popular because they are more cost effective and sufficiently durable to a certain point. Past the 240 gallon mark, the silicone joints will not hold for very long under the outward presure of the water in the tank. Acrylic is a lot more durable and frequently used in industrial size aquariums, as well as store displays.
Now that we have determined the aquarium material, measuring the tank will be the next step. As you can see from the diagram, taking standard measurements of Length, Width, and Height will determine the volume of your tank. This is an important measurement that will affect which pump, wet dry filter, and return line kit will be right for you.
The final step before selecting your equipment will be to measure the inside of the aquarium stand. Each of our products comes with their own measurements so that you can easily plot out what will fit in your stand.
The first product we will look at is the Wet Dry Filter.