Aquariums for beginners


Suggested Aquariums for Beginners

Aquariums for Beginners at Elmer's

Congratulations! You’re about to join millions of others in one of America’s favorite hobbies. You probably have a few questions, and that’s what our team is here for. Let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll get you set up with everything you need. You'll find that owning an aquarium is not only fun, but it's easy when you get started the right way. Welcome to the wonderful world of aquarium keeping!

Step 1: Choose Your Aquarium

You may be thinking the smaller, the easier, but in fact more space allows for better filtration, keeping your tank clean and clear with less work on your part. On the other hand, the larger the aquarium the bigger the investment in time and money. The tanks below are ones that Goldilocks would approve of: not too big, not too small, but just right for a beginner.

See our Vista Aquarium Sets in 8, 16, and 23 gallon

Step 2: Get the Right Equipment

The right equipment will do a lot of the work for you. The wrong equipment will lead to headaches and frustration. To ensure you have the right equipment for your size tank, Elmer's has put together a Master Kit package for each aquarium we sell. We have carefully selected the equipment over the years to provide you with the tools you will need to be successful. You will find the recommended Master Kit items listed on each aquarium's page on our website, or you can learn more about the specific equipment and it's purpose on our Master Kit page.

Step 3: Choose Your Fish

Which fish are the easiest to care for? Which species can you put together? How many fish are appropriate for your particular tank? These are some of the questions you're probably asking yourself. We have designed our fish showroom to make finding the right fish easy. You'll find compatible fish grouped in the same aisles, and each species is labeled with a hardiness rating. Before you visit us, you can get an idea of what your tank might look like by viewing our Suggested Community Tanks. For beginners we especially recommend the following list. Starting out with hardy fish such as these will help you establish a nice tank to which you can later add more varieties of compatible fish.

Red Eye Tetra at Elmer's Aquarium

  • Black tetra (and Glo Tetra)

  • Red Eye Tetra

  • Serpae Tetra

  • Flame Tetra

  • Cherry Barb

    Serpae Tetra at Elmer's Aquarium
  • Brilliant Rasbora

  • Scissortail Rasbora

  • Harlequin Rasbora

  • Corydoras Catfish

  • Nerite Snail

More Ways to Keep it Easy

Elmer's is here to help you from start to finish. We can deliver, install, maintain, and when the time comes, move your aquarium for you. Check out our Services Page for more information.