Setting Up a Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium

Are you looking to set up a freshwater tropical fish aquarium? Here is an easy guide to help you along the way.

Understand the responsibilities that come with a freshwater tropical fish aquarium

The difficult of the tropical fish is not the fact that you are buying tropical fish online or even the part of setting up the freshwater tropical fish aquarium. The hard part is caring for the fish. Having a freshwater tropical fish aquarium is similar to having a cat or dog to care for. You will find that you are putting in a lot of effort towards the upkeep of the tank.

Not only do you have to remember to feed your freshwater tropical fish everyday but you will also need to do frequent water changes to your freshwater tropical fish aquarium. On top of that you will also have weekly maintenance that will need to be done on the aquarium and with that maintenance comes those recurring expenses that include but are not limited to changing the filter, glass scrubber, fish food and so much more.

Before you hit the next freshwater tropical fish sale think about the responsibilities that come with having a freshwater tropical fish aquarium and make sure you are ready for it.

Choosing the size and location of your freshwater tropical fish aquarium

Once you have decided that a freshwater tropical fish aquarium is for you then it's time to decide on the size of the aquarium you want to have. The location of the aquarium might have a lot to do with the size of the aquarium you can handle. So take some time to think long and hard about the location and the size of the aquarium you want to have before you purchase anything.

So you are ready to start your own freshwater tropical fish aquarium, but now you need to know where to start. This easy guide will give you all the information you need in an easy to ready, step by step guide. Before you start make sure you have all of the equipment you will need listed below. This will help you to get your freshwater tropical fish aquarium ready.

Equipment that is required to setup your freshwater tropical fish aquarium:

  • Aquarium with a filter, replacement filter and heater
  • Aquarium gravel or rocks
  • Other decorations (ex. Plastic plants, ceramic houses, real plants)
  • Aquarium test kits to be able to test water parameters as needed
  • Fish food (choose the correct food for your chosen fish)
  • Aquarium Vacuum
  • Net to use to catch the fish
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Pasta strainer

Task #1: Washing the Aquarium

When you wash your freshwater tropical fish aquarium only use water. Using soap will leave behind residue that will is a harmful substance for your new fish.

Task #2: Wash the plants, gravel and other decorations

When adding gravel it is recommended that you use about 1 to 1.5 pounds per each gallon of water. When you wash the gravel make sure it is thoroughly clean before adding it to your new aquarium. The simplest way to accomplish this is to place the gravel into the pasta strainer and run clean water over it for several minutes. Then place the now clean gravel into the pre-cleaned 5 gallon bucket. Repeat the process until all of the rocks are clean.

Task #3: Adding water and equipment

When you are adding water to your new freshwater tropical fish aquarium it is best to use room temperature water. In order to avoid a mess do not fill the aquarium completely until you are sure the placement of your decorations is correct. This is also the time when it is best to set up the equipment.

When installing your heater do not turn it on until the thermostat of the heater has adjusted itself to the temperature of the water. Once the adjustment has been made plug in the heater, top off the aquarium water, place the lid and the aquarium light on top of the aquarium.

Task #4: Head to the computer to buy tropical fish online

Although I'm sure you are excited to add tropical fish to your new aquarium you need to wait so the aquarium can cycle itself. While you are waiting head over to your computer and take a look at all the choices you have to buy tropical fish online.

Task #5: Time to add the fish

Your tropical fish have arrived that you purchase online at the freshwater tropical fish sale and it is time to add them to your new aquarium. Place them in the aquarium in the bag they are in for about 15 minutes. This will give the fish time to adjust to the water in the aquarium.

Now you freshwater tropical fish aquarium is complete.

Take the time to enjoy your new aquarium and don't forget about the responsibilities that come with being a tropical fish aquarium owner.