Setting up an Aquarium!!

Are you planning on nurturing fish? If yes, then you have made a judicious choice. Because studies suggest that keeping fish can lower stress levels. Keeping the science aside, traditionally aquariums are considered to bring in good luck too. So, many people opt to install a fish tank in their homes to enjoy the related benefits.

When it comes to choosing an aquarium, you’ll be spoilt with options. There are an array of tank sizes and different fish species to take your pick from.

Moving on, here we have listed 7 aspects to consider when setting up your aquarium at home.

1. Planning the Tank

Before you decide your tank size, decide the fish species that you plan on keeping in your tank. Note that the type of fish determines other important aspects. These include the water conditions, size of the fish tank, and various plant species. Only after you settle on the fish species, the next step is to go shopping for your tank and other equipment.

2. Preparing the Tank

After purchasing the equipment, the following step is to set up your tank. First, ensure the tank is clean. For a new tank, only take a damp cloth and wipe all over. Avoid using soaps; and use only new cloth and bucket. Then, you can avoid household chemicals from getting into your tank.
Also, check if your tank is leak-proof. Fill water in to the tank and, then, leave for an hour. Now, screen the bottom edges to assess any leaks. Use aquarium sealant to seal the tank if you find any leaks.

Always position your tank that is next to a power supply and away from direct sunlight. Also, choose a robust stand for your tank.After positioning your tank correctly, follow by making sure the level is even. For the same, either use a spirit-level or fill the tank with 1-2 inches of water and check the level.

3. Adding the Substrate and Water

Follow the rule of thumb to prepare your substrate – for a 1-inch thick bed, 1 lb of substrate is enough for 1 gallon of water.
Next, you should rinse the substrate. Take a small quantity in a bucket and add cold water. Then, swirl the substrate with your hand and continue rinsing until the water runs clear. Also, consider applying a high-pressure hose if the amount of gravel to be cleaned is a lot. Rinsing the substrate is important because, otherwise, the dust in the gravel can cause your tank to become cloudy.Proceed by adding the clean substrate to the tank. First, add a thin layer before pouring in the remainder.

Depending on whether you want freshwater or saltwater in your tank, the way you add water varies.
For adding freshwater, pour the water via a saucer that is placed inside the tank. When using salt water, pass the water through reverse osmosis.
For the salt-mix, follow the given guidelines on the packet about the amount of water to be mixed.
Besides, use a de-chlorinator while making sure to follow the instructions on the bottle.

4. Installing the Equipment

Choose between internal and external filters to keep the tank water clean. Additional equipment that can be added to the tank includes heaters, lights, stones, thermometer, and air pumps. The heater and thermometer should be placed at two opposite ends so the tank is evenly heated within the tank.

5. Plants and Decorations

If you have decided on a theme for your fish tank, go ahead with your plan. Besides, for your tank plants, make sure to research thoroughly about the varied species that you want to place in your tank. Overall, your tank should be visually appealing.

6. Cycling the Tank

The general recommendation is to cycle the tank before adding the fish. Then, the fish are not exposed to the toxins. Cycling the tank is, also, known as the Nitrogen Cycle. Follow the instructions for freshwater cycling and saltwater cycling accordingly. Make sure to regularly change the water, as well.

7. Adding Fish to New Tank

At first, add only a couple of fish to the tank. Wait for 1-2 weeks before adding more fish. By doing so, the essential bacteria that filter the water have time to grow then.

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