How to Setup Your Fish Tank

How to Setup Your Fish Tank

The moment you develop an interest in aquascaping is usually the day you have a lot to learn about fish tank patterns. And as a beginner to aquascaping, you need to understand almost everything about this art to get things right. So, let’s first start by understanding how you can set up a fish tank.

According to Marine Land, you need to start with safety in mind. You will be dealing with fish after all, so the safety of the artificial marine life matters a lot.

Fish As Pets

Think of your fish as pets and you’ll agree, they deserve the best care and attention you can provide. They rely on you to keep their environment healthy. A healthy aquarium is relatively easy to achieve and maintain, but it will not happen by itself. It depends on you. In rivers, lakes and oceans, water is cleansed and filtered naturally. In an aquarium, it’s a different story. In order to keep aquarium water clean and healthy, you must help.

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If you cannot provide the care and attention that fish deserves, then you are probably not ready for this yet. But if you have the time, then go ahead to the next step.

Aquarium Info advices that you need to have an equipment checklist that will help you get the right essentials for the setup process.

Setting Up Your New Aquarium

So you have all the gear but no idea? Before you start anything It is important that you carefully choose where you want to place the tank, make sure it is even ground and will support the tank’s filled weight. Slanted floors can result in undue stress and crack the aquarium glass.

Hard, flat surfaces are ideal. Cabinets are popular and are a requirement for larger, heavy aquariums. For smaller aquariums (30 gallons or less) any sturdy, reinforced furniture with a flat surface can suffice.

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Of course, aquascaping comes at a cost. And you do not want to spend your money wrongly. So take your time to plan on resource wisely.

According to Tetra Fish, you also want to put temperature into consideration. And you usually do this after setting up your tank.

Check the conditions and temperature after a few hours

Water in new aquariums will often turn cloudy for a day or two. This is caused by a harmless bacterial growth and should disappear naturally. Check the pH and hardness of your water using a Tetra® Test Kit and our convenient My Aquarium App.

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At the end of the day, you do want your tank to have the right temperature. This will help to sustain the life of plants and animals in the tank.

Conclusion

This guide isn’t too complicated. And because it is practical (actionable), you should master the practical aspect of what we’ve discussed in a very short time. If you need more guides on the same, be sure to check out hour homepage for more insights.

3 Most Popular Fish Tank Designs in History

3 Most Popular Fish Tank Designs in History

No Aquascaping guide for beginners out there that stresses more on style than we do. That’s because we believe that style goes hand in hand with creativity. And given that there aren’t any limits to what you can create when it comes to designing your fish tank, anything goes. However, if you are still struggling to get your design right, here are a few options for inspiration.

The Dutch Style is ranked first on the Aquarium Guide. This style has been around for a very long time, and it is easy to implement.

Dutch Style 

This style is characterized by many different types of plants with multiple leaf types. It’s commonly seen with raised ‘layers’, or terraces, known as Dutch ‘streets’. The floor is covered by either a carpet, or plants, with taller plants lining the back of the tank. Most noticeably, it usually has no hardscape—you won’t see much, if any, stone or driftwood in Dutch tanks.

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The Dutch Style is unique because it is something you have never tried before. And because it is simple to implement, you definitely want to try it.

Takashi Amano is one of the best aquarist that ever lived. And according to Planted Cube, he came up with a unique fish tank design, the Iwagumi Style.

Iwagumi Style

This is one of the most popular Aquascaping styles of the moment. It has been made popular by the father of contemporary Aquascaping, “Takashi Amano”. The Iwagumi style primarily revolves around the golden ratio and rule of thirds. Because the Iwagumi style balances on the use of stone it is advised you use odd numbers of it. The reason for this is to make sure your layout doesn’t balance, so you won’t view the layout as just one kind.

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If you are looking for a style that obeys the rule of proper balance, then you should not think twice about trying the Iwagumi Style.

Home DIT also recommends some of the best styles in the world, including options that you might never even think of as a person.

Moody Aquarium Sink

Another interesting design is this sink. It’s a combination of a regular sink and an aquarium. It’s called the Moody Aquarium Sink and it’s a wash basin that doubles as a lighted fish aquarium. It’s a very interesting idea but besides the beautiful design meant to be pleasant to the eyes, the fish could probably find several things that are wrong with this piece.

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To get the most out of these designs, it would be best to pick the ones you find interesting, and then implement them accordingly.

Conclusion

Many aquarists often appraise designs by Takashi Amano, probably because he was the father of fish tank design. But of course, you are spoiled for choice beyond his designs. So, you shouldn’t limit yourself when it comes to trying things out.

3 Aquarium Rules to Observe this Month

3 Aquarium Rules to Observe this Month

I am not the only one who struggled with aquarium design in the beginning. I am sure many people out there also have the same issue. Maybe a few rules can help you make sure you are doing things right. So here are the 3 basic aquarium rules that I would like you to observe this month.

The first thing you need to understand is that there are rules for setting up the tank. And, Marine Land has a very unique post on this.

Rules for Setting Up the Tank

Handle With Care. Never attempt to move a full or partially full aquarium. Never lift an aquarium with wet hands. Never attempt to lift aquarium by grasping upper edges or frame. Always grasp and carry an aquarium from underneath, supporting the bottom at all times.

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Before you go to the next rule, we recommend that you check the setup guide first, as it marks the foundation of the additional rules provided below.

The fluvalaquatics.com has outlined the best Ten Commandments for you, so you can have an easy time managing your aquarium.

Starting from Water Exchange to Water Testing

The old adage of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is very true in aquarium keeping. An aquarium is a closed system and, as such, it requires your intervention to ensure proper water quality is maintained, support hardware is functioning correctly and, of course, that the fish that depend on you are taken care of properly.

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Because these rules are important, and you are a regular aquarist, it would be best if you wrote them somewhere for easy reference.

In addition to the Ten Commandments above, Algone has some advice that we think are important and worth checking out.

Keep Up With Your Daily Tasks

Daily: Make sure the equipment is running properly. Watch your fish during feeding. Behavioral changes are a good indicator of a potential problem.

Weekly: Count your fish. In case of fish death, smaller species can decompose quickly, resulting in ammonia and nitrite spikes, and eventually high nitrate levels.

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The daily tasks recommended might be too overwhelming. But, if you want to get the most out of your fish keeping, keeping up should not be hard for you.

Conclusion

These guidelines aren’t difficult to keep an eye on, if you ask me. Some of them might be challenging to remember, but they should be easy to master after a while nonetheless.

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