Aquariums supplies include various equipments and decorative items that help in the running of the aquarium. These are available in any pet store. The equipments include the basic water filters, pumps and lighting system that play a crucial role in maintaining the fragile aquarium ecosystem. The choice of filters, pumps and lighting system depends on the size and the shape of your aquarium. A smaller sized aquarium requires less wattage lighting system and a good quality filtration system since accumulation of wastes is easily a possibility. It is better to use a powerful pump since it helps in better water recycling and nutrients circulation in the aquarium. Custom designed aquariums usually come with the pumps and filters.
Any aquarium is incomplete without the decorative items. They impart vitality and color to the aquarium. Green plants, shells, corals, rocks, battery operated toys and color lights are the usual decorative items that are used to adorn the aquarium. Battery operated toys include fountain, artificial falls and divers. A favorite among the kids are the color lights. They are available in bright red, green and blue lights. They are low wattage lights and do not increase the temperature of the water. They work both in the day and night but look more beautiful in the night. Plastic plants are usual added by aquarists since growing plants can turn out to be difficult especially if you have a small tank. Some people also add rocks and corals to make the aquarium look more natural. Few of the common freshwater rocks are Carved Lava Rock, Carved Rainbow Rock, Carved Tufa Rock and Lace Rockons. . Showpiece Coral Pieces are also used frequently.
The right cleaning equipment can make the aquarist life much easier. Organic and inorganic dust tends to accumulate under stones, gravels and in corners. Algal growth can also be a nuisance. There are several algal scrapers that are available in the market. These scrapers remove the algae gently without scratching the aquarium. Suction pumps often help in removing dirt that has collected underneath the gravel bed effectively.