Is it worth it to give your child his or her dream of having an aquarium filled with fish or turtles? What advantages does communication with the world “on the other side of the glass” bring to him, if any, and how long will it continue to bring him any benefits? Will the aquarium be a source of great concern for you? Let’s try to figure it out, and let’s start with some of the most well-established rules of law and reasoning.
The aquarium serves as a form of discipline for the child.
This is true, but only if the underwater world is included as part of a comprehensive educational program rather than being used in place of it. It is important to involve your son or daughter in tasks such as feeding fish, pruning and transplanting plants, and general cleaning. Give an explanation of what will happen to the beautiful green plants and vibrant fish if you don’t do so.
Within two or three days, children have grown tired of fish and are no longer interested in them.
If your involvement in your child’s new hobby is limited to the purchase of an aquarium, its upkeep, and the feeding of its inhabitants, this is most likely what will happen. Something entirely different is whether you are willing to give up some of your free time each day to learn interesting facts about the fish, shellfish, amphibians, and reptiles that have taken up residence in your house. Allow the children to follow you around the aquarium while you submerge yourself with your head in the water.
If you’ve purchased an aquarium for a child, allow him to set it up himself.
This is a viewpoint that is frequently expressed by parents of schoolchildren, not only in the middle and senior classes but also in the junior classes. Since high school students are not always able to complete this task for a variety of simple and understandable reasons, this approach is unacceptable.
- coordinating the upkeep of automation and electronics equipment;
- detection of early signs of deterioration in the health of the aquarium’s inhabitants;
- proper plant care and maintenance;
- calculate the amount of feed, salt, and other additives to be used, and so on.
Observing the inhabitants of an aquarium is an excellent way to reduce irritability, anxiety, impulsivity, and other negative manifestations of hyperreactivity in children and adults.
Yes, that is correct. Aquarium therapy is recommended for children who are experiencing similar difficulties and is actively used by child psychologists today.
An aquarium is beneficial because it helps to keep the air in the room moist.
Despite the fact that this statement cannot be considered fiction, it is preferable to moisten the air in a children’s room or a game room with the help of less expensive and less complicated devices. It is important to remember and understand that, if not properly maintained, an artificial glass reservoir can perform the opposite function and become a source of an unpleasant putrid odor as well as allergic manifestations.
To summarize what has been said thus far, we will say:
- When purchasing an aquarium for a child, anticipate the fact that you will be required to participate in its upkeep, if not directly, at the very least. Alternatively, this task could be delegated to specialists.
- The presence of an aquarium will not automatically result in a healthier and more disciplined young owner. However, with the right approach from your side, it can be transformed into an excellent educational tool, a source of positive emotions, a place of relaxation, and a conducive environment.
Let us now turn our attention to the more practical aspects of the situation.
Is it better for a fish tank to be big or small?
A small aquarium is less expensive, and it is also easier to find a place for it in your home. While it is possible to create a comfortable habitat for fish and plants in a small glass container, it is significantly more difficult. In a large aquarium, a fully functioning closed ecosystem can be established more quickly, and it is easier to select appropriate luminaires, design elements, filters, aerators, and thermoregulators for it. In addition, a large-volume aquarium requires less cleaning and water replacement than a small-volume aquarium.
What about the equipment for an aquarium?
It is best to restrict access to a house if it contains young children. The more correct method is to conceal wires, socket blocks, and controls in special lock boxes or boxes, and if at all possible, in a completely separate enclosed space. This solution enables you to protect both the children themselves and the aquarium’s flora and fauna to the greatest extent possible using one solution. Even better is to close the aquarium itself with a lid or even to order a model that is built into the wall.
Where would be the best place to put it in?
Without a doubt, the child would like his fish to come live in his room. However, if the children’s room also serves as a bedroom, it is not necessary to install a large aquarium with a powerful piston aerator in it to maximize the space. The compressor, in contrast to modern filters, which operate almost silently, can be a source of inconvenience.
At the same time, the aquarium in the common room, living room, or dining room automatically becomes “not so peculiar” as the baby desires, as a result of the automatic transformation. In any case, try to find a location for the aquarium where your child can visit at a time that is convenient for him and for as long as he desires without disturbing anyone else.
Pets that need to be carefully chosen
Choosing a miniature aquarium because you have limited space or want to save money or for any other reason is fine; it can be populated with guppies, for example, to make it more interesting. However, keep in mind that small fish for a child will become bored much more quickly, especially if the fish is small. In theory, larger fish can be successfully contained in a small container; however, no more than two, and preferably only one, should be present.
In the latter scenario, it is critical that the future pet is at ease on his own two feet before proceeding. According to our opinion, a male of a very beautiful and entertaining ” siamese fighting fish“, can be the ideal solution for a small aquarium setting. It is expected that the owners will devote sufficient time and attention to this warrior-tyrant, who does not get along well with the vast majority of fish of other species, but also with other male clubs. In addition, the betta fish “communicate” with people very actively, both during feeding and in other situations.
As an added benefit to this viewpoint, the water does not require aeration, which automatically lowers the level of noise and makes it possible to place an aquarium in the children’s room. The only disadvantage of betta fish is that it has a short life span, which should be taken into consideration, especially if the fish is purchased for a young child who is impressionable and easily vulnerable.
If your living conditions permit it and you are determined to order a large aquarium, you can populate it with a variety of fish, crustaceans, and animals by consulting with professionals and selecting species that are compatible with one another.
The following are the most important general guidelines for selecting the “population” of an aquarium that is primarily intended for a child:
- Try to avoid stocking an artificial pond with fish and animals that are active at night because they will be inactive during the day.
- For children of kindergarten age do not buy fish that have an intimidating appearance and “bad habits”. Watching sharks or moray eels in an aquarium is a thrilling experience for children, who also enjoy hearing all kinds of scary stories from their parents. However, living in a constant neighborhood with a toothy, voracious, and aggressive predator as a resident is not the most ideal situation.
- Purchase fish or animals that, with proper care, will last a long time. For example, a red-eared green turtle can live for 20 or more years under ideal conditions, during which time its child will develop into an independent adult who will be able to deal with the aging and death of his or her pet in a philosophical manner.