While some might argue that buying and taking care of a 55 gallon fish tank is not a good idea, others are quick to say that their aquariums offer them many worthwhile benefits. Of course there are fish tanks available in other sizes, but the 55 gallon aquarium is often considered a good balance, offering space for many types of fish while not being too much work to take proper care of.
Before deciding how many fish or which breeds of fish to stock your 55 gallon fish tank with it is always a good idea to talk to the fish experts at your local fish store first. With professional advice, it is less likely that you will buy too many fish or breeds that do not co-exist well in an aquarium. Fish in a properly populated tank will thrive while overcrowding often results in the fish fighting for territory. Start simple and once the population is established, additional fish can be added if conditions will tolerate it.
Of course fish are a lot like people. They tend to thrive when their surroundings are comfortable. That simply means that a fish tank without any decorations is not hospitable for people or fish. Structures and plants create a pleasant viewing experience for the human side of the equation. For the fish actually inhabiting the tank, plants and various types of structures supply privacy from the other fish.
Another "must have" accessory for the aquarium is an algae eater. These commonly forgotten additions to the tank serve a vital purpose - they keep the tanks sides and bottom cleaned up. Algae accumulation on the glass is normal, but these industrious fish help to keep the tank looking good. For a large tank, most fish experts suggest at least two algae eaters to keep ahead of the green accumulation. Once the tank growth and fish population is normalized, it will quickly become obvious if you need another algae eater.
For many reasons, the fish tank is a good investment. Of course the first reason is that you will be creating a wonderful environment for the fish and plants inhabiting the tank. Perhaps more importantly, the tank will create a source of rest and relaxation in the home or office. Simply turning down the lights and watching the fish will allow stress to melt away, providing a sense of calm that is difficult to match. The sound of the water bubbling in the tank is also soothing, and is a superb solution when white noise is needed to help block out annoying sounds. All-in-all, the investment in a 55 gallon tank can be the best therapy around.