Starting a Freshwater Aquarium

Starting a Freshwater Aquarium

By D Green

So you have decided to start an aquarium fish hobby, but now you need to know how to set up all that equipment. Does it matter what order things get done? Yes it does, and it matter how it is done too. If you get your new aquarium off to a proper start, you will have a successful, relaxing hobby. If you start off on the wrong foot, you will run into problems for a while down the road, wasted money, dying fish, smelly water… you may even give up! It is very important to follow proper steps, here are some guidelines that you should follow:

Step 1: Make sure the aquarium stand is level. This is very important for even weight distribution so that your aquarium does not crack.

Step 2: Clean out your new aquarium with cool clear water and a cloth. Do not use any soaps or cleaners. Make sure to use a commercial aquarium cleaner product if you are cleaning out a used fish tank.

Step 3: Attach the background to the aquarium with clear packing tape.

Step 4: Rinse the gravel or sand with cool water. Hot water can cause the epoxy on colored gravel to peel off.

Step 5: If you are using an air pump with an air stone, run the airline and connect them together.

Step 6: Add the gravel or sand. One pound of gravel per gallon of water is all you need.

Step 7: Fill your aquarium up ¾ with water.

Step 8: Install your filter system.

Step 9: Put the heater in place and let it sit in the water in the tank for at least ½ an hour before plugging it in. This prevents the glass cracking due to thermal differences.

Step 10: Decorate the aquarium.

Step 11: Fill the aquarium up the rest of the way, up to the black trim to hide the water level.

Step 12: Add water conditioner and other additives.

After you are finished setting up the aquarium let it run for 24 hours before you add fish. As long as the aquarium equipment works properly and the temperature is stable and all of the, you are ready to add some fish.

By following the professional advice from, your hobby will get off to a good start and you will learn how to properly take care of your fish and have a beautiful, gleaming fish tank that is sure to be the centerpiece of any room. Be sure to consult for free professional advice and useful information for all your freshwater and saltwater aquarium needs.

D Green is a professional aquarium hobbyist with + 15 years experience. For more advice and aquarium maintenance tips, go to

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