How Do I Set Up My Tank for the First Time?
If you are setting up your very first aquarium you are likely to have questions regarding where to put your tank, what type of equipment you need and how to arrange everything. Setting up your tank correctly the first time is very important because if you make a mistake, you might find yourself redoing the process later. A mistake on your part could also impact the health and well-being of your fish. In order to ensure that your fish tank functions properly and that your fish are given the healthiest environment possible, take your time in selecting your tank equipment and in going through the process of setting up your tank.
Simple Aquarium is Best
For your first tank it is ideal to choose an aquarium that comes as a complete kit with everything such as having filters and lights built in. One of our favourites is we sell is the Fluval Edge.
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Before You Set Up the Tank
Before you can set up your tank, you need to decide where you are going to put it. The ideal location for an indoor fish tank is a place where it will be visible but somewhere it won’t be in danger of being bumped or knocked over. High-traffic locations are not recommended, but neither should you place the tank in some out-of-the-way location where you are likely to forget about it or in a location that makes cleaning difficult. In order to prevent excessive algae growth, you should also avoid placing your tank in direct sunlight. No matter where you choose to place your tank, it is important that the tank has the proper support. A high quality tank stand or cabinet is essential because your aquarium could weigh several hundred pounds once it is full.
After you select the location for your tank and position your tank stand or cabinet you will need to clean the tank. Wipe out any dust or dirt using a damp paper towel and thoroughly rinse your substrate until the water runs clear. Pour the substrate into the tank and distribute it evenly along the bottom of the aquarium.
Steps For Setting Up the Tank
Tips for Setting Up Your Tank
After setting up your tank the best thing you can do is wait. Your tank will need several weeks for the nitrogen cycle to be established before it will be safe to add any fish. The nitrogen cycle involves the establishment of a colony of beneficial bacteria which help to break down organic wastes and remove harmful toxins like ammonia from the water. In order to cycle your tank you can “feed” the tank by sprinkling small amounts of food into the tank several times a day. As the food breaks down, beneficial bacteria will jump into action and eventually reproduce to form a colony. If you attempt to add fish to your tank before it has cycled properly, your fish could suffer from ammonia poisoning and the tank itself could suffer shock due to the increased biological load. After putting in the effort to set up your tank correctly, you do not want all your hard work to go to waste by adding fish before the tank has cycled properly.