Thursday, July 11, 2013

How to Set up a Tropical Aquarium? - Step by Step Guide

  1. Place your tank and stand where you want them to go. Keep in mind that tanks in direct sunlight are prone to algae problems.
  2. Start by filling your tank with your substrate, about 5 cm from the bottom.
  3. Install your filter and heater, but don't turn them on yet.
  4. Fill the tank halfway with treated tap water. You can pour the water over a saucer or other small dish to avoid messing up your substrate.
  5. Put in your decorations and plants.
  6. Fill the rest of the tank about 5cm from the top of the tank.
  7. Turn on your equipment and make sure everything is working properly. Set your heater somewhere between 78 and 80 degrees F.
  8. Put on the hood and check that the lights work.
  9. Cycle the tank before adding any fish.
  10. Once your tank is cycled, only add a few fish at a time to let your biological filter catch up.

  • Rinse your tank and gravel before adding water, but don't use soap!
  • Aquarium backgrounds can add depth and interest to your aquarium.
  • Always research the fish before you buy. You never know if the shopkeeper is telling the whole truth about it's needs - often they don't know about the fish themselves!
  • A good rule for stocking is 1 inch of fish per gallon. This works with small fish of 3" and under, and must be used with common sense - IE minimum tank size, fish compatibility etc.
  • You can buy different colours of gravel and create patterns on the "ocean floor" of your tank.

  • Make sure the tank is on a level surface before filling. Any in balance over time can cause the tank to crack and fracture.
  • Treat your tap water with a dechlorinator before adding it to your aquarium!
  • When using appliances such as filters and heaters, use caution. Always follow all instructions your equipment came with.

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