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Home / Aquarium / Fish: Setting Up Your Aquarium

Fish: Setting Up Your Aquarium

  • Firstly, wash the gravel and/or stones. Gravel purchased commercially is usually silty and has not been washed beforehand. The easiest process is to empty one bag at a time into a bucket and hose everything with high-pressure water. Then tip the water out and hose everything again. Keep doing this until no more dirt seeps out of the gravel.
  • Make sure the aquarium is sitting on a firm, flat surface with polystyrene underneath the tank. Next, drop the under-gravel filters into place.
  • Tip your newly-washed gravel into the aquarium and proceed to landscape your tank. Don’t lie big rocks flat; rather stand them up on edge. You should have enough gravel to have three inches of depth in the front, sloping up to about six inches at the back of your tank.

    A good trick now is to rinse your freshly-landscaped tank with water at the back of the tank while siphoning water from the front of the tank. This will flush out dirt or sediment you may have missed when washing the gravel.
  • Fill your Tank with appropriate water (not tap water) and turn on the air pump and, if your tank is a tropical one, the heater. Don’t worry if the tank looks murky; this is fine, gravel sediment. It will clear in a day or so.
  • Your Tank is now ready for fish. Check that plenty of bubbles are coming out of the air stems and that your heater light is on.
  • Keep the heater on a 45 degree angle. Since you are new to fish keeping, place the heater where its light is easily seen turning on and off (it is automatic). Check the temperature on the thermometer strip. This is more accurate than the heater reading. The perfect temperature for tropical aquariums is 27 degrees Celsius.

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