Keeping Monster FishOnline Aquarium Fish Magazine | Keeping Monster Fish
The aim of this article is to discuss the basic setup and maintenance of Monster fish, those that get over a foot in length (often, much more than two feet) and usually have a high protein diet, requiring more filtration and care than a normal freshwater tank setup.
First and foremost, it should be said that monster fish are not for the normal hobbyist. They require huge aquariums, if not indoor or outdoor ponds and, unless you can afford the space for 500 gallons or more for one tank, other fish should be considered.
Because of the high amounts of protein in monster fish diets, simple tanks are often the best bet, but if you are willing to put a lot of time, effort and of course money into the project, you can always have a natural looking tank. First off we will discuss the basic setup of a tank for these beasts, and as the months go on we'll have basic care profiles, because the possibilities are endless.
1) What is the natural habitat of the fish that I want to keep?
2) What is the best footprint for the fish that I want?
3) Can I really afford this?
SETTING UP THE TANK
Heating the tank is fairly simple. The only difference between a monster tank and a normal tank is that you'll need more heaters of higher wattages. Temperatures are fairly consistent with smaller tropical fish, but be sure to research your fish before you buy as some (channel cats for example) do better in cooler waters.
In terms of the actual setup of the tank itself, it's the same as setting up a smaller tank, only with more water! When placing your tank remember that water weighs roughly 10 pounds per gallon, so it's best to have tanks of this size in the basement on an outside wall. Be sure to cycle your tank and wait for the readings to get to where they should be before adding anything, you're going to want to make sure that 100 dollar fish does well in your tank.
Keep your eyes open in future magazines for basic care of the most popular monster fish and if you have any questions or are interested in possibly setting up a monster tank of your own, drop me a pm and I'll be glad to help!
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