If you are a fish lover, you should know about fish bowls. Fish bowls are small and manageable. You can keep it anywhere in your home, even on your coffee table. Seeing your tiny fish bowl daily is adorable and refreshes your mind.

Fish Bowl Vs. Aquarium

There are some differences between an aquarium and a fish bowl.

Fish bowls are round and made of glasses or acrylic. We can find a few sizes of fish bowls in pet stores or online stores.

But, the problem is that fish bowls are so small, and Raising fish in a fish bowl is challenging due to their small size. Fish need good space to live and swim unless they tend to be sick.

Also, the well-being of fish is directly affected by water quality parameters. But it is hard to control the water quality in a fish bowl. Because

  • Installing a filter and a heater in a fish bowl is challenging due to its shape.
  • It is difficult to dilute toxins in this small amount of water.
  • Even if we install a small filter, it will damage the fish bowl’s unique beauty. Also, the sound of the filter does not match the small fish ball.

The rounded shape occurs to stress the fish. Therefore we can raise only a few fish species in a fish bowl. Also, the amount of fish that can be put in it is low.

An aquarium tank contains comparatively large space as well as plenty of water. We can control water quality factors in a fish tank. So, in a fish tank, we can safely raise a lot of fish.

What are the varieties of fish bowls?

Fish bowls are not more expensive. But the shape, size, cost, weight, materials, and water volume capacity are there to know before purchasing.

The spaciousness in your place and the budget are different sizes, from ½ to 10 gallons.. 1½ gallons is the most typical size. Ten gallons is the largest, and ½ is the smallest.

According to your desire, you can select a suitable shape too. Different shapes are available in pet stores like round, Classic drum style, and new bi orb style. It’s better to see different shapes of bowls before you purchase them.

It’s essential to consider the bowl’s material. Glass and acrylic are the two most common materials. Glass materials are cheaper than acrylics, but Glass is crack prone and weighs more. Acrylic bowls are crack resistant and weightless.

How to set up a fish bowl?

First, wash your newly purchased fish bowl using warm water. Don’t use soap or bleach to clean it. Our little fish friends need a pleasant and healthy environment in the bowl, so place gravel, decorative plants, and stones to cover the bottom. It’s vital to select small gravel and rocks the size of your fish bowl.
Remember not to keep it direct to the sunlight. You can have a top for your bowl. It will reduce water loss, which means evaporation.

How to set up and maintain a Betta fish bowl?

The Betta fish is suitable for keeping in a fish bowl as it doesn’t require much space. But use a 10-gallon fish bowl in order not to harm the fish.

Set up the tank with a few aquatic plants, decorations, gravel, or pebbles. Be careful not to cover the upper surface area with plants. A small heater should be provided in the cold seasons. But we can continue the tank without a filter.

You can feed your fish twice a day. But remember to provide them with a small pinch of food. Remember to remove uneaten foods before sinking.

It is necessary to replace the water once a week.

Maintaining a guppy fish bowl.

Guppies are beautiful small fish that are suitable for a fish bowl. They are commonly kept in planted bowls. Create a nice planted bowl using aquatic plants. Make sure not to cover the whole surface with plants. You need to add an aeration line and a small heater as well.

Add a few guppies as they are community fish. Weekly water changes and daily inspections are a must.

guppy fish in a fishbowl

How to clean a fish bowl?

  • First, remove the fish carefully to another bucket using a net. If you want to know, please mark the old water level.
  • Then dump the old water but remember to leave the gravel and stones in the bowl.
  •  Then pour some clean water into the bowl itself.
  • Wash the gravel and stones for a few minutes with your hands. Don’t use soap or anything.
  •  After washing the gravel and stones, remove them to another bucket or something. Get it dry and keep it aside.
  • You have only the bowl in your hand. Sponge the bowl using a smooth sponge and wash it.
  • Keep the bowl aside for a few minutes and put the gravel, stones and plants back.
  • Then pour clean water into the bowl and keep it aside for an hour. After that, you can add the fish carefully.
  • Observing the fish for some time after cleaning the tank is essential.

I am Bruce Daniel Holgate from Los Angeles, the founder of aquariumbee.com, environmental scientist and content writer. Researcher and hobbyist in aquarium keeping and fish breeding with 20 years of experience. I'm willing to share my knowledge with you all.


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