Having a freshwater tropical aquarium fish is great. Especially, if you have set it up correctly, and your fish is healthy.
For most experienced aquarium owners, it is really easy to set up the perfect aquarium. But, for someone that is doing this for the first time, it can be hard and even frustrating.
This is because not everyone knows where to start, what equipment to purchase and how to install it so that the fish stays healthy and alive.
With this complete guide, you will be able to know for sure that you are setting up your fish aquarium perfectly.
- How to Setup Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium?
- Purchasing all the equipment
- Find a place where you are going to install the aquarium on
- Filling the tank with aquarium gravel and water
- Adding plants and other environment-friendly stuff into the aquarium
- Connecting the filter and thermometer in the tank
- Run the tank for 48 hours before purchasing and adding the fish
How to Setup Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium?
Purchasing all the equipment
The first thing that you need to do, is to purchase all the equipment that you need for your aquarium. This includes the aquarium tank, the aquarium gravel, water plants, ornaments, filter, and water pump.
You might consider purchasing an aquarium stand if you don’t have a stand for your aquarium. You will also need to purchase fish, but you need to install and run the filter for a day or two before you can purchase your fish.
In the meantime, you can start considering what tropical fish you want in your tank.
Find a place where you are going to install the aquarium on
You should find a place in your home where you can install the aquarium. You should have a solid stand that will give the aquarium stability.
You also need to make sure that the aquarium isn’t standing near a window, getting any sun on, or experienced cold breezes.
This can take some time to find the perfect spot for your aquarium. This is if you didn’t do this step way before you purchased your equipment. The right spot for a tropical aquarium is really important.
Filling the tank with aquarium gravel and water
After you have rinsed the aquarium gravel, you are adding it to your tank. You should be careful not to scratch the sides of the aquarium. This is why it is recommended that you are making use of a scoop to ensure that the gravel doesn’t scratch the tank in any way.
With the gravel added to the tank, you should now start adding the water. Again, you should be careful not to scratch the tank with the moving gravel. You can put a clean bowl in the tank, and let the water flow in there.
This will prevent the water from flowing in too fast and causing the gravel to move and scratching the tank. You should never make the tank completely full of water.
Adding plants and other environment-friendly stuff into the aquarium
With the water in the aquarium, you can start adding the plants and other ornaments to make the environment as natural as possible. Most people prefer adding live plants, but this isn’t necessary.
You can purchase plastic plants as well. The only thing that you need to remember is that you should add plants to the tank. There are many aquarium ornaments that you can add to the tank. Most people prefer the ship, so that fish can have hiding spots.
Something to consider. There are some tropical fish that require specific plants to stay healthy. This is why you should make sure that you know what fish you want to add to the aquarium so that you can insert the right type of plants.
Connecting the filter and thermometer in the tank
With everything inside the aquarium, you should now connect the filter to the pump and insert the filter into the water.
With the thermometer in the tank for getting the right temperature, you are now all set to start running the water to ensure that the water is getting to the right temperature and that the filter has worked through the water.
Normally running the aquarium for 24 to 48 hours are needed to get the right temperature and to insert the fish safely.
Run the tank for 48 hours before purchasing and adding the fish
With the tank run, you can now purchase your fish and slowly introducing it to the water. It is advisable, that you don’t purchase a lot of fish for the first time that you are maintaining an aquarium.
You should make sure that your tank is in perfect condition before adding more fish. This normally takes a month. After the month, you can start adding more fish to your tank. Just remember that overcrowded fish isn’t really recommended. Get professional assistance if needed.
When it comes to setting up your freshwater tropical aquarium, there are a couple of things that you need to do in order to have a beautiful and successful aquarium. With these steps, you will now know for sure that you have done everything correctly and that you will have an aquarium to be proud of.
With purchasing your equipment, it is important to make sure that you are getting some professional advice. Some equipment is higher in quality and will last a lot longer. The better your equipment, the healthier your fish will be.