Setting Up a New Fish Tank

Whether you are an adult or child, taking care of your very own fish tank can be a very fun hobby. You learn a lot about marine life and spruce up the room at night with the help of aquarium lighting. Don’t worry if you’re new to the world of tropical fish because everything you need to get started, from fish food and plants to filters and aquarium lights, can all be found fairly inexpensively at your local pet shop. Just follow some simple, yet important guidelines and you’ll be all set up in no time.

First, the type of tank you choose will mostly depend upon the type and number of fish you plan to have. A good rule of thumb for determining tank size is one gallon of water per one inch of fish. For example, if you get a fish that’s four inches in length, you would need to house it in a minimum of a 4-gallon tank.

Next, you get to be creative and decorate your tank for your guests. While you’ll want to provide your fish with enough plants to hide in and other a places to hang out, be sure not to fill up the tank too much or the fish won’t have enough room to swim, which usually leads to stressed out fish and disease.

Determine where you should locate your tank. Almost anywhere should be acceptable, however it absolutely must not be placed directly in front of a window. Direct sunlight will cause algae to grow very quickly and the heat of the sun could cause the tank water to become too warm and kill the fish.

When selecting fish, a good first choice would be to buy fish called starter fish because they are better at adapting to new tanks. Some examples of starter fish are Platys, White Clouds and Zebra Danios. You’ll also have to do your homework to find out which fish will get along with one another and which fish to avoid. Some fish, like male betas, will fight when put into the same tank and others, such as Cichlids, can cause problems due to their territorial nature.

Before you can put your new fish into the water, the chlorine must be removed so you’ll need to buy some water-cleaning drops at the pet shop. Once your new friends are settled into their tank, your responsibility is not over. The water must be checked regularly so you’ll need a thermometer for fish tanks. Also, the water must be changed periodically to keep the water clean and the fish healthy. It’s very difficult for fish to adapt to new water all at once, so only change about half of it at a time.

To make sure you fully understand what to do to set up your own fish tank, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance at the pet shop. Also, check out some books about caring for fish and you’ll have everything you need to know about keeping your fish happy and healthy.

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