Building and maintaining an aquarium is a time-consuming task.
Fortunately, there are some equipments that make your life a lot easier so you can enjoy the hobby.
Below is the list of the equipments and other supplies that I recommend.
Cobalt Aquatics Flat Neo-Therm Heater
This is a very sturdy heater that can last for a very long time.
It is also very accurate and you can set the temperature anywhere between 66° Fahrenheit to 96° Fahrenheit.
Besides, it is also very slim so it will not take a lot of space in your time tank.
The only unpleasant thing I found about this heater is that it is a bit pricey than other heaters.
But it lasts a very long time thanks to its shatterproof casing so overall I think it is a good deal.
Automatic Fish Feeder
Eheim battery operated auto fish feeder
This is a reliable, minimalist, nice little fish feeder.
This fish feeder can contain up to 3.3 Oz (100ml) of dry food.
So depending on how many fish you have, it can serve your fish for several weeks.
It has a very user-friendly and minimalist display and it can feed your fish four times per day.
The only thing I don’t like about this automatic fish feeder is that you can’t alternate between different types of foods.
But this is not a big problem because generally, people use a fish feeder when they are away from home or on vacation.
On such occasions, it perfectly does the job of keeping the fish well-fed.
Tetra whisper air pump
Tetra whisper air pump comes in 4 different versions so you can choose according to the size of your aquarium.
This is a very reliable air pump and it is also the quietest air pump I have found.
Besides, it has a very unique dome-shape which I really like.
The only thing I don’t like about this air pump is that it doesn’t come with any hose or other attachments.
API freshwater master test kit
API freshwater master test kit is as its name suggests is a master test kit for freshwater aquariums.
It is an all-in-one test kit that you can use to test the most important water parameters for the good health of your fish.
With this test kit, you can test:
- High range pH
Though testing water parameters with this kit is more time consuming than paper tests, it is very accurate and it comes with an easy to read and follow instructions manual.
You can perform up to 800 tests with this test kit. So if you do test once a week (which I recommend) then it should last you for a couple of years.
This is a very popular water conditioner and for a good reason.
It not only removes chlorine, chloramine, and neutralizing heavy metals from your aquarium but it also converts ammonia which is very toxic for your fish into ammonium which is non-toxic and can be easily removed by your tank’s biofilter.
This feature is especially important if you have a new tank and it is not fully cycled.
The best part I like about this conditioner is that, unlike other water conditioners that use artificial ingredients to replenish the slime coat of the fish, this water conditioner uses natural ingredients to replenish the slime coat of you are fish.
Besides, this water conditioner is very concentrated so it will last you for a long time. Also, it doesn’t have any expiry date.
It is also very simple and easy to use you can directly add it to your fish tank.
The only thing I don’t like about this water conditioner is that occasionally it smells.
Pollen Glass CO2 Diffuser
Pollen glass CO2 diffuser is a very sturdy and elegant looking CO2 diffuser.
It is very simple and easy to place in your aquarium thanks to the two suction cups it comes with.
You can use any standard aquarium tubing for this diffuser.
The only drawback I found in this CO2 diffuser is that it only works with rimless tanks and you can only put it in the corners.
Aquarium vacuum cleaner and gravel cleaning siphon
Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Maintenance System
This is actually a two in one product and as far as I know, this is the only product that has this feature.
You not only can use it to vacuum the gravel but you can also use it to fill the clean water back into your aquarium.
This feature especially comes in handy if you have a large tank because now you don’t have to carry around the buckets.
It comes with along 50 foot hose which can easily reach the faucet in your kitchen or bathroom sink.
The only drawback I found in this one is that it is a bit expensive than others.
LCR Hallcrest A-1005 liquid crystal vertical aquarium thermometer
This is a very inexpensive and durable thermometer.
This thermometer doesn’t require any power source so there is no worry about running out of battery with this thermometer.
This thermometer is very easy and simple to install as well. It is a stick-on thermometer so you just have to stick it to the outside glass of your aquarium and it will pick up the temperature of the water inside of the tank.
It can measure the temperature between 65° Fahrenheit to 85° Fahrenheit.
As this thermometer sticks outside of the tank the outer temperature can also affect its reading if the temperature is very hot or cold.
As this thermometer sticks to the outer glass of the aquarium, it is also not very accurate but it does the job.
You can check the latest price and more info about this product at Amazon.com here
If you want a very accurate thermometer then usually the thermometers that are immersed in the water of the tank are very accurate. So if you are going for accuracy then you should consider Marina Deluxe floating thermometer with suction cup.
Current USA satellite freshwater LED Plus
This LED light very customizable. It comes with remote control with lots of buttons that allow you to customize its lighting.
Besides, it also comes with preset colors and varying weather modes.
It is also very slick and it comes with adjustable mounting brackets.
Overall this light is very good if you have plants that require low to medium lighting conditions.
If you have plants that require high lighting conditions then you can look into other lights that provide highlighting conditions like Finnex planted+ 24/7.
You can check the latest price and more info about Finnex planted+ at Amazon.com here
Penn Plax Cascade
Penn Plax Cascade canister filter comes in 5 different versions so you can choose according to the size of your tank.
This is a very powerful canister filter that comes with multi-stage filtration i.e. mechanical, chemical, and biological filtration with large media basket.
The thing I liked about this canister filter is that you can adjust its flow rate and it is self-priming so it is quite convenient.
Besides, it also comes with a spray bar and it runs pretty quietly.
The thing I don’t like about this filter is that it is kind of difficult to set up for the first time and it doesn’t even come with an instruction manual. So you will have to look on YouTube for setting this filter for the first time.
You can check the latest price and more info about this product at Amazon.com here
Aquaclear 70 power filter
Aquaclear Power Filter is a very durable and effective filter. It is also very quick and easy to install.
It comes with a three-stage filtration that provides biological, chemical, and mechanical filtration.
The thing I like about this filter is that you can control its flow rate without compromising with filtration.
Also, most of the time it runs very quickly. Sometimes it does vibrate which doesn’t make a lot of noise but it is annoying.
Aqueon algae cleaning magnet
This is a very effective algae cleaning magnet. The magnetic contact of this cleaner is so strong that it rarely breaks away. In fact, because of the strong magnetic contact, it sometimes makes a noise that scares away the fish.
The best part about this algae cleaning magnet is that it removes algae from both the surfaces i.e. glass and acrylic surfaces.
It actually comes with two different pads for the two different surfaces.
Besides, the replacement of the cleaning pad is very easy to install.
Marina LED aquarium kit
This is one of the best aquarium kits for beginners because it comes with everything you need to set up an aquarium.
Besides, the maintenance of this tank kit is very easy.
This aquarium kit comes with three variations 5 gallons, 10 gallons, and 20 gallons.
Besides the tank, it comes with LED lighting, aquarium canopy, filter, water conditioner, cycle biological supplement, fish net, and even fish food and aquarium care guide.
So, it is basically a complete package if you are just starting out.
The great part about this kit is that it has a very convenient filter i.e. you can very easily and quickly change the cartridge of the filter.
The only thing you will have to add separately is the heater and air pump.
But these things are not necessary if the field fish is already getting ideal water conditions i.e. the fish is getting the ideal temperature it needs and the fish tank has an optimum level of oxygen.