1 The initial choice
1.1 But First!
You have decided that the marine hobby is for you. You can't wait to
get started. But first buy or borrow a good book or two. This means a modern
book, aquarium technology
has developed rapidly in recent years.
(note that the English Vol. 1 covers the first 2 volumes of the German
The English itself is pretty average, but the info is first class.Once
you have read up a bit, so you won't be completely lost when they talk
technical stuff, you can do the rounds of your local
1.2 The Dealer
Try to go when they aen't too busy. The salesperson/ owner should show
you what equipment they recommend, what
they have in stock, and what they use in their own display system.
Any dealer worth their
salt!? will have a display tank with a working filter in a closed
system i.e. NOT connected to the sales tanks. This shows that they can
actually talk from experience about a system which will workin the same
way as the one they wish to sell to you.
Don't expect a
dealer to have all the most modern ideas fresh out of last month's
magazine on working display- they are, after all, there to sell you a
system that they know will function longterm.
Look for a dealer who doesn't want to separate you from your
money within the first few minutes
What you can't expect:
A dealer may have vast experience in aquarium care, but don't expect
one to be a joiner, electrician, plumber or an expert on static floor
1.3 Your Requirements
You need to have a rough idea of where the aquarium is to be sited,
how big it should be, what livestock, in general terms, you want to
keep, that means fish
only or fish and invertebrates, and whether these inverts need intense
light to flourish.