Setting up a Freshwater Aquarium can be easy with our step by step guide
There are a lot of options for setting up aquariums, with many different sizes and different equipment that can be used. An ideal beginner aquarium is one of the new ‘all in one’ aquariums made by several manufacturers. These come with lights and filters built into the aquarium and are easy to set up. If you are going to keep tropical fish then you will need to purchase a heater as well.
Basic Equipment List
Check the Aquarium - Before purchasing any new fish, make a quick check of the aquarium. Ensure the filters, aeration etc are working properly. Check the water quality, particularly pH and ensure it is at a suitable level – for most community tanks a level of 6.8 – 7.2 would be suitable. It may also help to improve the water quality if a water change is also undertaken before purchasing new fish.
Avoid delays - Your fish will have been bagged with minimal water, and changes such as temperature fluctuations, reduced oxygen levels and increas ammonia levels can occur rapidly. Try to get the fish home quickly and keep the bag out of direct sunlight and extreme temperature.
Turn off lights - Turn off lights on the tank – bright lights can add to the stress of fish.
Equalize Water Temperatures - Gently place the sealed bag in your tank and let it float for 10-15 minutes (no longer). This will equalize the water temperatures.
Place fish in the tank - Pour the contents of the bag (fish and water) through a sterilized net, capturing the water in a container, and the fish in the net. Carefully release the fish from the net into your tank, and discard the waste water appropriately. Do not place the water from the bag into the tank. Overcome Transport Stress Do not feed for the first 24hrs, and leave the light off for at least 3 hours, to help the fish overcome the transport stress.
Observe with Care - Observe your fish carefully for the next few days. Preventative treatment medications such as White spot remedy or broad spectrum medication can be useful in preventing any outbreaks of White spot and other disease brought on by stress.