Considerations: Access to tank Keep clean of debris
Considerations: Fixtures/ballast Photoperiod: Use timers 12hours Types of bulbs (size, wavelength): Mostly fluorescent full spectrum bulbs that simulate daylight at noon Reflectors
Considerations: Position of heater Lighting
Freshwater and Saltwater
By Jenessa Gjeltema
Choose Your Aquarium Type
C o ld w a t e r
A g g r e s s iv e C o m m u n ity
T r o p ic a l
F r e s h w a t e r
R e e f T a n k F is h O n ly
S a lt w a t e r B r a c k is h
A q u a r iu m s
The specific aquarium setup will depend upon the
requirements of the species you choose.
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