How To Set Up A Fresh Water Aquarium

by roshi on September 26, 2010

in Aquarium

fresh water aquarium

Many people think that watching the fish movements help them relax and unwind. Fish are relatively easy and cheap pets to care for. Always seek advice from your local fish retailer. Here is how to set up a fresh water fish tank.

You will need:

  • A fish tank with a cover and a light
  • A heater
  • A thermometer
  • A filtration system
  • An air pump
  • Gravel
  • Dechlorinator
  • A bucket
  • Decorations
  • Some Aquatic plants
  • Fish

Seek advice from the retailer about the aquarium size as this will decide how many fish your can keep inside the aquarium.

Start with washing your fish tank with clean water.
Set the under gravel filter and insert air pipe from the air pump inside the filter tube.
Put gravel over the under gravel filter. Purchase the gravel from the pet shop and use it because its safe for the fish.
Fill the fish tank with water.
Decorate the aquarium using aquarium toys. Make sure you wash the aquarium toys before using them.
Attach a printed backdrop (background) at the back side of the aquarium.
Install equipment in the aquarium like water heater, thermometer, filtration system etc.
Cycle the aquarium by running all the devices in it for 2 days.
Add one or two small fish in it.
Feed the fish once in a day and keep the aquarium like that for two to three weeks.
After that measure the PH level, Ammonia, Nitrate and Nitrite level in the water and if Ammonia is 0, then buy your favorite fish and add in your aquarium.

The cycling is important because this allows aquarium to build a healthy environment for fish and it is done when there are sufficient beneficial bacteria in the gravel to consume ammonia or wastes produced by the fish keeping the environment clean.

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