Fish are mesmerising; Lots of us can spend ages looking into the blue depths of an aquarium without tiring.
Both engaging and calming, aquariums are frequently lauded as one of the best stress-busting things around. It's not just a coincidence that ornate fish tanks can be discovered in offices, lobbies and doctor surgery reception areas as numerously as they can be seen in the home.
If you've never had fish before, the options and possibilities can appear too much.
Aquarium fish maintenance is broadly divided into three groups; coldwater (goldfish), tropical (freshwater fish) and marine (saltwater warm blooded fish and invertebrates).
The set-up process for coldwater and tropical freshwater fish is largely similar, except for adding a heater to the water for tropical fish. Marine fish and all similar livestock is in a class of its own, and best not worth considering for the first time fish keeper without months of research and preparation.
The first decision is where in your home your tank will be located. You'll probably want it to be prominent, but try not to place it close to a window or radiator, as this may cause havoc in regulating the temperature. Aquariums in direct sunlight can encourage the fast growth of bad algae which can choke your fish tank and make the glass and the water dark green.