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Believe it of not, you should actually start with a large aquarium!
Small fish tanks may seem easier, and in some regards they are. That being said, small aquariums are extremely hard to keep stable. This is because with such a small water volume, temperature swings, overfeeding, and overstocking can get out of hand VERY quick.
In a larger aquarium, water quality is easier to keep stable. We recommend that first time aquarium owners start with tanks that hold at least 20 gallons on water.
For simple freshwater aquariums, a Hang on Back filter should work perfectly fine. As their name suggests, HOB filter is simply a filter that hangs on the back of the fish tank.
They are easy to set up, easy to clean, and are pretty cheap. Hang on Back filters can be purchased online or at any local fish store. Check out our list of the top five Hang on Back filters for home aquariums.
For more experienced fish keepers, canister filters are a great choice. Canister filters are external to the tank, meaning they don't take up any of the precious tank space. In addition, canister filters can process MUCH more water and are very effective at removing harmful toxins. These filters are generally used for larger aquariums.
NOOOOOOO! The idea that ANY type of fish can be kept in a bowl is a HUGE misconception. This is not only cruel, but it shortens the life span of your fish and encourages the spread of sicknesses.
The most common type of fish kept in bowl are Bettas. While Bettas do not require a large tank, they shouldn't be kept in anything less than five gallons. In addition, they require a working filter and possibly a heater.
Whatever you do, don't believe anyone who tells you that fish are fine in tiny bowls. Do yourself and you fish a favor and get them a proper tank.