Setting Up Your First Aquarium

by whispaq on July 27, 2019

Should you decide on an under gravel filter, be sure that the air-pump or powerhead you purchase with it is strong enough for the size of the fish tank. In cases like this, bigger is far better. Remember that in case you don’t consistently vacuum the gravel it is going to clog up the under gravel filter and transform it into a killing zone. Remember that you can’t make use of an under gravel filter if you are considering having sand or some other fine substrates. The substrates that you use, will be determined by the fish you will keep, and this in turn will help determine the filtration system.

Start out with two or three fish the first ten days, then get two or three more, wait another ten days, and so on. If you place too many fish at one time into a new fish tank, the water will not be capable to properly cycle, and will quickly turn harmful. Patience is the key for the first six to eight weeks. That mentioned, a significant error people make is to purchase schooling fish but only get 1 or 2 of them. This is stressful and cruel for the fish. A school implies that a group of 5 is the bare minimum.

If this is your first tank, than a 10-gallon tank with only two fish is best for you. If you are more experienced you can get a larger tank if you have the space for one.

Once you have water flowing, drain it into a bucket placed lower than you aquarium; keep an eye on how full it gets or you may have some extra cleanup to do. After removing your water, use the same bucket to replenish the aquarium.

A small filter is best used to help keep the water clean. A very small Aquaclear or equivalent Whisper Aquarium Filters on its lowest flow setting will do the job. As mentioned, Bettas are not particularly strong swimmers due to their long, droopy fins. As such, Betta tanks should only have minimul water movement, and the flow of the filter will be enough to keep the water oxygenated. In a smaller bowl, a filter may not be possible, in which case the smallest available air pump with air stone can be used to keep a bit of water movement but is not an absolute requirement. A small heater of 50 watts is recommended as well, as the water temperature should be kept around 75 degrees fahrenheit or so. That’s right, even though they are sold in cups with no heaters, Bettas should be kept in heated water.

Heating: The ideal temperature will depend on your fish and plants, but for nearly all Amazon fish, 27 degrees Celcius is perfect. The temperature may fluctuate a little over a cool night or a hot day but a couple of degrees either way is fine.

There are two options available for you when it comes to buying vegetation for your aquarium. You can use live plants or artificial plants. Artificial vegetation requires less maintenance and you can use it forever, thus saving you lots of money. However, you still need to use live plants to keep the biological balance in the aquarium.

The diversity of the Amazon River and its many streams means there are infinite ways in which you could create an Amazon theme, and the style and decor of your aquarium setup will depend on what sort of fish you wish to keep.

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