How To Set Up A Fish Tank Even If You Are A Beginner

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Are you one of those who want to maintain a fish tank inside your home or your office? Do you have no knowledge about setting up this wonderful hobby? Setting up your own aquarium is not as difficult as you had thought, amateur enthusiasts will certainly have a grand time setting up this new hobby without the hitch.

I had compiled this article in good faith to help you put a little effort in assembling a fish tank that does not cost you a fortune, just perfect for a terrific leisure activity that will definitely bring you great fun. But first, you must give credence to these 3 simple parameters in order to make you successful in your endeavor: a) location, b) size, and c) construction (material).


1. An Ideal Location

Find a perfect location as to where your aquarium should be placed. If inside your home, find a suitable place where direct sunlight is absent to avoid growth of algae and higher temperature of the water. The spot should also be where you always spend most of your time, so that you have eyes on your pets most of the time. An spacious place is also much prepared to give you easy access for cleaning and maintenance.

There should also be ready electric outlet near the aquarium for its electronic accessories and ready water source close to the tank for quick and easy water change. To achieve a healthy aquarium anytime, its water temperature should be kept at standard (76 to 80F or 25 to 27C) or the preferred temperature of your fish species (this could be known from your local pet store), so better to keep the tank away from those heating and air conditioning vents and outside entrance areas. Also, choose the best part of the house where the floor is perfectly leveled and strong enough to withstand the weight of the aquarium and its stand.

2. The Best Size

Experts unanimously agreed that there is no sole aquarium that is right for everyone, meaning, you must take into consideration important factors when choosing the right aquarium that best fit your home or office. The minimum size that you should choose is the size where your pet fish will thrive. Just remember that the bigger the fish tank, the better it is for the fish that will house in it. Consult your pet store on what is the best species of fish that will surely thrive on your locality.

3. What Material You Prefer

There are 2 types of fish tank material (for domestic use) available in the market today: glass and acrylic. Glass aquarium is inexpensive and scratch-resistant, but could easily break in earthquake prone areas or locality that experience frequent shaking of the ground. While the acrylic type is more durable from shaking, less scratch-resistant, it is more expensive than glass. Additionally, though acrylic is less scratch-resistant, it could be easily repaired as it is flexible and pliable.

List Of Equipment

Next, you must know the different equipment needed to keep fish indoors before you do the step-by-step installation for your fish tank. Here are some of the basic equipment you will certainly need to set up your own fish tank:

Next, you must know the different equipment needed to keep fish indoors before you do the step-by-step installation for your fish tank. Here are some of the basic equipment you will certainly need to set up your own fish tank:

Step By Step Instructions

After you have completed the equipment above and satisfied other conditions that we have laid, you are now ready to set up your own fish tank, just follow these simple instructions:

  • Wash the aquarium gravel, ornaments and rocks thoroughly with warm water and rinse rigorously. Do not use detergent as this is highly toxic for the fish.
  • Put water on the tank at 1/3 full from the tap and add some water conditioner to dechlorinate the water (you can use AquaSafe Solution or similar brand). Chlorine is harmful to your fish of any species.
  • Connect your air pump from the air line tube to any of the air outlet inside the tank. The pump is equipped with a check valve that prevents the water from flowing backwards. Make sure this valve is properly operating.
  • You can add live or plastic plants to decorate the tank. These also help to hide the equipment. Show the artist in you by making this “aquascape” more lively.
  • Fill in the rest of the water until it reaches the bottom of the top frame and leave a space between the cover and the water.
  • Install the filter (read manufacturer’s instructions on the filter’s proper installation) to a more strategic location inside the tank. Be sure that the tube is placed on the bottom of the tank without touching the gravel.This filter removes excess fish food, floating particulates, decaying matter, toxic chemicals and your pet’s waste products.
  • Place the submersible heater inside the tank near the water flow and secure the thermometer far from the heater as possible. When everything is set, plug in the filter, pump and heater. Adjust the heater to its proper temperature. Wait at least 24 hours before you put your fish to ensure all equipment are working properly.
  • After a few hours, check the water condition and temperature. Sometimes, water inside the tank may show cloudy in a couple of days. This phenomenon is the effect of bacterial growth that is harmless to the fish and will deplete naturally. Check the water’s pH level by using a TetraTest kit or a similar kit.
  • Install the proper lighting (preferably small N.O.-type fluorescent light) at the top of the tank to illuminate the fish and the entire tank especially at night. Fluorescent light does not emit too much heat compared to incandescent bulb and not to bright compared to LED which is quiet annoying for the fish.
  • After realizing that all is well and made up, you are now ready to put your favorite pet fish on your self-made fish tank! Congratulations!


How do you find this simple instructions on starting up your own fish tank? Did you enjoy it? You will definitely find that it is not as elaborate as thought. Additionally, you can always consult your local pet store regarding this hobby 9especially the type of food for your fish) and they will certainly entertain you wholeheartedly.

Maintaining your aquarium is also a lot easier when you would love doing it. Changing water on the tank is also advisable on a weekly basis. Research anything on the net when you are in doubt for other maintenance. The products that you would need to maintain clean air and clean water have their clear instructions written on the packaging, just understand them thoroughly. Keeping your fish happy and healthy depends upon your eagerness to care for them.

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