How to Choose a Fishbowl

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/8/2006 | Fishing and Boating

If you are looking for a relatively small fish tank that will require little or no power and can easily house several fish without too much effort, then a fishbowl is the aquarium you have been dreaming of.  Manufactured from a variety of different materials including glass and acrylic, you can purchase a fishbowl in nearly any pet store in the country for a very cheap price. Unlike more expensive and larger aquariums, there is no need in a fishbowl to have all of the high tech equipment that may completely fill up a room or a closet in your home and drain you of electrical power. Fishbowls are cheap to set up, cheap to operate and if one breaks or all of your fish die, you can easily replace everything without too much hassle. All in all, the fishbowl makes a great aquarium and starter kit to make sure that you and your family would want to raise fish in a larger tank in the future. Therefore, if you have the desire to house fish in your home but you lack the economic ability to do so on a larger scale, then a fishbowl is a great choice for you and can turn even the most amateur fish enthusiast into a professional in no time.

When choosing your fishbowl you essentially have two different options. The first option is for a classic glass fishbowl. You can purchase a glass fishbowl in a variety of sizes, but remember that since they are made from glass the larger tanks will be much heavier even without water in them. Also, glass fishbowls can crack far easier than acrylic tanks. However, on the brighter side, glass is usually a very clear substance so you can see your fish in crystal clear quality at any time of the day. The alternative to a glass fishbowl is the acrylic version. These can come in all of the same sizes as the glass fishbowl except they will generally be much lighter weight than their glass counterparts. They let a fair amount of light in, however an acrylic fishbowl is not usually known for its crystal clear coloring.  Unfortunately, an acrylic fishbowl can also become scratched very easily, so it is not recommended if you have other, larger pets in the house which could cause damage to the acrylic bowl. However, even despite all of these drawbacks, if you need a place for your fish and you have a relatively strict budget, the acrylic tank is far cheaper than any glass fishbowl you could hope to purchase.

Once you have decided on the type of bowl you want, you will need to determine what size is necessary for you and your fish. Most experts recommend that you purchase the largest size that you can afford, as it is much less difficult to clean and maintain a larger bowl than a smaller bowl. Also, people who have never raised fish before should opt for a larger bowl for the same reasons as listed above. No matter what size you decide, however, it is important to always make sure your water and the sides of the aquarium stay clean all of the time, as fish do not like to live in filth and waste.