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 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.

How to Choose Fish for a Fresh Water Aquarium Tank

How to Choose Fish for a Fresh Water Aquarium Tank

Choosing the best fish for your fish tank can be tricky for sure. But, if done right, you will have the right type of fish in your tank for the long haul. If you have no idea how to get started on this, then this guide is for you.

According to Live Aquaria, the first thing you need to do is to determine the category of fish that you would like to keep in your fish tank.

Determine the Category of Fish

To repeat what we mentioned earlier, there are over 3000 species of fish available. To help make your search for the right fish easier, we have divided the most commonly available tropical fish into 7 main categories. Each one of these categories contains fish that are similar in many of their traits. However, it should be emphasized that this listing is just an outline and there are often many unique differences between fish in the same family and individual research into each specific species should be done before making your final decision.

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With different categories out there, you are obviously not restricted to what you can choose. The category to choose comes down to personal preference anyway.

A post on TFH Magazine stresses that it is important to consider the health of the category of the fish you plan to keep in your fish tank.

Determine Health of the Fish

Look for obvious signs of disease on the fish’s body or any behavior that suggests the fish might be ill. This takes some careful observation, not just a cursory glance, so be sure to watch the specimen for a sufficient amount of time.

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At the end of the day, you don’t want to keep unhealthy fish in your tank. So, it’s important to concentrate on their health first before buying.

According to Wiki How, it is important to make sure you choose fish that will actually fit in your fish tank.

Choose Fish that Fit the Tank

If you already have an aquarium, you can use its size to help inform your decision regarding which fish to purchase. Do a little online research—or talk to knowledgeable sales staff at a pet store—to see how large specific species of fish will grow to be.

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Of course, it doesn’t make sense to buy fish in bulk if they will outgrow your fish tank. So, it is important to do your homework before spending money on fish.

Conclusion

Now that you know what to look at before picking the type of fish to store in your tank, it should be easy to make the right decision on the exact fish to choose and keep for the longest time possible.

How to Pick the Best Decoration for Your Fish Tank

How to Pick the Best Decoration for Your Fish Tank

If you want to take your aquascaping design to the next level, it would be great if you thought about creative patterns that can make the tank stand out. It often comes to choosing the best decoration for your fish tank, regardless of its size. Here’s how to pick some good decorations for the tank.

A post published by Which Fish Tank shows that you are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing decorations.

Decoration Options

If you’ve ever visited a pet shop, you know that there is a wide variety of decorations that you can out inside your aquarium. From driftwood to rocks, figurines to fake coral, treasure chests, wrecked ships, starfishes, etc., you are spoilt for choice.

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But then again, you need to pay attention on choosing what will make your tank stand out from the crowd.

According to wiki how, it all starts with a design scheme. Check the guide below to learn more about the design scheme.

Starts by Choosing a Design Scheme

Know how big your fish tank is and what it can hold while still being a comfortable environment for your fish. Choose a color scheme for tank pebbles that would match well with the colors of the room your tank is in. It is also important to know what kind of fish you have as different types of fish may enjoy a different environment than another.

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After all, you cannot choose a fish tank if you do not have a shape in mind. In the same way, you can’t pick decorations if you don’t have a perfect design scheme in mind.

Consider the size of the tank when choosing your decorations. According to About Fish Online, you do not want the tank to feel worthless in terms of design.

Consider Tank Size

When choosing decorative features, you don’t want the tank to feel cluttered so if you have smaller aquarium, think less is more and perhaps look for a single feature rather than choosing lots of different decorations. Select one striking item for the centre of the tank, and stick with that to make a really strong visual statement.

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In other words, the last thing you want happening is making the tank feel clattered when it really shouldn’t be that way, in the first place.

Conclusion

There are simply no limits when it comes to choosing decorations. However, I would recommend choosing what you believe is up to standard. This is where you will need to combine your guts and creative thinking.

A Guide to Creating a Perfect Aquascape

A Guide to Creating a Perfect Aquascape

We have said time and again that aquascaping design is an art. In other words, Aquascaping is a project whose level of perfect depends on your creativity and the limits of your thinking. If you are a beginner, though, you still have to learn the nitty gritty of creating a perfect aquarium. Here is a guide for you.

The planning phase is usually the trickiest part. As advised on Totally the Bomb, planning for the project should come first.

Create a Plan for the Project

Plan according to the space you have. You obviously don’t want to buy a tank larger than the space you plan to put it in. I suggest pre-measuring the space intended to house the aquarium that way when you are buying one, you know exactly the size you can get.

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After all, every project must have a plan to succeed. This obvious thing doesn’t need a constant reminder.

According to Business Insider, you need to determine the type of water to use on your aquarium. And then, stick to it throughout the project.

Choosing the Best Water

Although saltwater fish can be extremely exotic, they cost significantly more than freshwater fish. Also, saltwater fish come with unique challenges; these fish often refuse to eat when they first enter the aquarium, and their tanks require much more upkeep. This being said, once the nitrogen cycle is established, the water quality in saltwater tanks maintains better than the water in freshwater tanks, partly due to the live rock in saltwater tanks.

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For beginners, it is best to use fresh water all the time. That’s because fresh water aquariums are always easy to maintain.

According to Pet Helpful, the most important – and perhaps the more demanding – task is to maintain the aquarium.

Maintaining the Aquarium

So for the first six weeks or so, you should do water changes weekly. Most fish keepers would recommend regular water changes of about 10 to 20 percent of the tank water every two weeks. However, because the ammonia levels are going to be pretty high for the next three to four weeks of the cycle, it is recommend to do these water changes weekly to reduce the ammonia levels so the fish will not die.

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Maintaining an aquarium is hard work. You need to dedicate enough to it. That’s the only way you can be sure you have a good project in place.

Conclusion

I should say that there is no one-size-fits-all formula as far as this art goes. But, you do have to keep in mind that it is important to observe the basics of aquascaping design if you are to get things right from the word go.