Setting Up Your First Aquarium

by whispaq on July 14, 2019

The lighting that comes with your fish tank is sufficient unless you want to grow plants. Planted fish tanks are very nice, but they can be tough to keep up for a beginner. I recommend you start with a fish only tank, and move on to planted tanks later if you are interested in them.

When selecting a Betta from the store, your first instinct will be to select one that has the brightest colors, but there are other factors to consider. Does the Betta appear to be in proper health? Check for any cloudiness in the eyes or on the fish’s scales. A healthy Betta should be bright in color and have perfect fins that show no signs of degeneration. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, either. Have any of the Bettas available at that particular pet shop been sick? You may also want to ask to see the Betta of your choice eat some food. A healthy Betta should readily feed; if it doesn’t, ask why, and see if any of the others will eat.

While you’re out buying all this stuff, you might as well buy the siphon and algae scrubber pad, too. There are hand siphons, which are pretty easy to use, and there are the siphons that hook up to a sink, which are really easy to use, but also cost quite a bit. Buy the algae scrubber that corresponds to the type of tank you have (glass or acrylic). There’s no such thing as a free lunch, so while the magnetic algae scrubbers may look appealing, they will never remove that bright green algae. That requires some patience and a lot of elbow grease. Stick to algae scrubber pads or pads with long handles and prepare to scrub once in a while.

Pick gravel or sand for the bottom; this is essential for a healthy fish tank (approximately. 2-3 inches). Cheap gravel and sand can be bought from home improvement stores. Sand is ideal for fish that like to dig but it must be stirred regularly to stop dead spots that will create havoc on your fish tank.

Other ideal aquarium plants that you may use include Giant Elodea, Ancharis, or Dwarf Ambulia. You may also diversify the flora in the tank by planting African Fern, Java Moss, or Indian Fern. To add more aesthetic value for your aquarium, you should try using creeping plants such as the Umbrella Plant, Java Fern, or Clover Fern.

You would not want to live in an unclean area, and neither would your fish. It is important to keep their fish tank clean, for this is their home and it is good for them. One way to do that is by getting a fish tank filter, which help to keep the water clean. The Gallon Fish Whisper Aquarium Filters is good for tanks that are 10 to 20 gallons, and they do fit all standard aquariums, and most custom ones. This filter keeps the water clean with a triple filtration process, and increases the oxygen with a waterfall, helping to keep your fish clean and healthy. It comes with a fish tank filter that is waterproof and quiet and instructions to set up and use the filter.

If you plan on keeping a convict and not breeding, it’s best to have a lone convict in an aquarium with other cichlids. If you plan on breeding, it’s best to have two male and two female fish in a tank with only convicts. Convicts will pair off and breed with one mate for life.

After choosing the room, now you much choose where in the room. Keep in mind where heavy foot traffic goes through the room. You want to set up the tank where you have easy access to it, but where heavy foot traffic will not scare the fish. Keep in mind that you will be changing the water in the tank 2 or 3 times each week, so you will need enough room around the tank to allow for pumps and buckets and cleaning equipment to be maneuvered easily.

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