Watching fish in an aquarium can be an enjoyable and educational experience for any child. If you have a child who has expressed an interest in owning fish, you may feel that it's time to buy them an aquarium. A local pet shop likely has a wide range of products for you to consider. While it might be tempting to buy a large aquarium, a smaller model can be a better choice when just starting out. Here are some reasons that a smaller tank will work well for your child.
It's Easier To Clean
When you get your child an aquarium, you'll likely show them how to clean it regularly and have this task become a regular part of your child's household chores. A smaller tank is quicker and easier to clean than a larger one, which is important for a child. A child may feel as though maintaining a smaller tank is a task that is more manageable than dealing with something larger. This can especially be true if your child is busy with school, sports, and other activities, or simply has a relatively short attention span.
It's Easier To Find The Fish
In a large aquarium, it can sometimes take a moment or two to find certain fish. This is especially the case when you have a variety of accessories in the water that serve as good hiding spots for the fish. When you get an aquarium for your child, they can have fun looking for the fish. With a smaller tank, there are fewer places for the fish to hide. This means that your child will quickly be able to identify them. Struggling to spot the fish, which could happen in a larger tank, could potentially cause your child to become disinterested in this activity.
It's More Affordable
Looking for affordable pastimes for your children is always a good financial decision. Not only will a smaller aquarium be affordable to buy, but it will also be affordable to fill with supplies. For example, if you're adding live plants to the tank, you won't need to buy too many when the tank is small. This can be ideal if your child will be spending their own money to maintain the tank. Children who are young will typically have minimal funds to use for their pastimes — perhaps only having money from their allowances. Your child will be able to affordably add plants, decorations, and fish to the tank when it's small.
Contact a company that provides aquariums for more information.