This Article is About
home aquarium
gravel filter
fish store
filter heater
tropical fish
How To Setup A Home Aquarium
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

This is a step by step guide for anyone wishing to setup a home aquarium and enjoy fishkeeping in their home. In this article is a ist of basic products you will need to purchase to successfully setup a home aquarium. Following this list is a discussion on what each of these products are, what they do and why you need them in your home aquarium.

  1. Home Aquarium
  2. Backing Picture
  3. Gravel Filter (optional)
  4. Air pump and Air stone (optional)
  5. Gravel
  6. Water Pump/Filter
  7. Heater
  8. Thermometer
  9. Light Unit and Tube (if not already fitted)
  10. Plants and Ornaments
  11. Tropical Fish

Firstly and most importantly choose your aquarium carefully. If possible buy as big an aquarium as your budget and space in your home will allow. These can be brought from the internet, used or new, and also from your local pet/fish store. It is important if you buy a used aquarium to give it a thorough clean but do not use chemical cleaners. Also it is important to think about where in your home you are going to position your new home aquarium. A few tips, do not place aquariums in direct sunlight as this extra heat source increases algae production in the aquarium, do not place aquariums near a radiator as this is another unnecessary heat source and finally do not place aquariums near doors which may bang into them causing shock to the fish. Also talking of positioning if you dont want to see all the way through your home aquarium or if it is by a wall then putting a backing picture on the back glass panel of your aquarium is a good idea. These are simply cut to size and stuck on the outside of the back glass panel of your aquarium.

The next thing to purchase and install is a gravel filtration tray, which is an important feature of your home aquarium as it breaks down left over fish food and fish faeces, otherwise these things would simply sit in your gravel! There is differing opinions from pet/fish stores as to the need for a gravel filtration tray. For instance we were told that they were no longer recommended so we didn't use one. But after losing some fish we decided to install a gravel tray and have not lost any fish since. This is a choice for you to make, this is why it is marked as optional in the purchases list. But if you do decide to use a gravel tray you will also need an airstone to go inside each lifter pipe, and and air pump which is connected to the lifter pipe. The purpose of the air pump which works with the air stone is to oxygenate the water.

Whether you use a gravel tray or not the next product you will need to buy is gravel. There are many colours and a few sizes to choose from and you can get advice on this from your local pet/fish store depending on the size of your home aquarium, as this will determine how much gravel you need to buy. Also please remember to wash gravel thoroughly before placing it in the aquarium. As fish need moving water to swim in a good quality water pump/filter is essential to filter the water and keep it moving. For more expert advice on this ask at your local pet/fish store or search online if you prefer.

Next as this is a home aquarium for tropical fish a heater is a must have to keep your fish at the correct temperature. There are lots of types available so again get specialist advice relating to your own home aquarium. As a general rule the majority of tropical fish enjoy a temperature of between 77 - 80F (25 - 27C). However when you buy your fish please check as there are some variations to this temperature rule. A good idea is to buy a thermometer to keep a check that your heater is maintaining the temperature that you set it to.

If your home aquarium does not come fitted with a light tube in the lid/hood then you will need to buy a light unit and light tube. Before buying one of these it's a good idea to measure which size light tube will fit in your lid/hood. Also there are daylights and moonlights available but I would suggest starting off with a daylight. Then you can get a moonlight at a later date if you wish. As fish like to hide or sometimes breed in privacy, plants and ornaments are a good addition to your home aquarium as they can provide your fish with private spaces to do these things. Please note if you choose to use live plants over artificial ones then these require a daylight to thrive. As a generlal rule darker leaved plants require less light than the lighter leaved variety.

Once your home aquarium is set up please wait for about two weeks before introducing any tropical fish, as this gives the filter time to break down any additives which may be present in tap water. Alternatively you could use a water treatment which claims to get the water in your home aquarium ready for your fish much quicker. However I can not comment on how effective these treatments are as I have not used them before. This article has covered the basic equipment needed to set up your home aquarium and begin experiencing the joys of tropical fish keeping. If you follow the steps and advice given here then both you and your aquarium will be ready to start caring for tropical fish in your own home.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Tropical Fish Tank Heater
Due to the fact that fish are cold blooded or to use the correct term ectotherms their body temperature is controlled by the environment around them. If you intend to keep tropical fish the water in your tank will have to be warm, hence you will require a tropical fish…
By: Phil Cripps in  Pets  >  Fish   Nov 08, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Tropical Fish Care Advice for Beginners
This article is aimed at anyone who is just beginning their fish keeping journey. Inorder to succesfully care for and keep fish healthy and happy there are many things which you need to be aware of and be able to implement within your fish tank. This short guide aims to give the…
By:  in  Pets  >  Fish   Mar 13, 2011  
0
  Likes: 4

Cleaning A Fish Tank
A fish tank is a tedious and delicate job and the bigger the tank the harder the harder the job. Let's say, for example you want to clean a 55 gallon tank, first off don't panic and take it in stride, with a little luck you will only have to…
By: Tommy A Edison in  Reference and Education   Jun 19, 2012  
1
  Likes: 1

Set Up Reef Aquarium
Are you wanting to learn how to Set Up Reef Aquarium? You have found the right place to learn how to set one up and enjoy for years to come. If you have read any of my other articles you would know a little history about my knowledge of this…
By: Tommy Dillard  in  Pets   May 15, 2015  
4
  Likes: 2

How to Choose the Correct Fish Tank Water Filters For Aquarium
So you have decide to take up the tropical fish hobby. There are few important things you must first know. There are a few items that you must pick up in order to maintain a healthy aquarium. One item being a fish tank water filter. When choosing fish tank water…
By: Jeffery Fairow in  Pets  >  Fish   Apr 28, 2013  
0
  Likes: 1

Discus Fish Care
Discus Fish Care Information Discus Fish are one of the most popular amongst aquarium owners. They are very beautiful, intelligent fish. Discus fish will interact with you and are able to follow movement. It is said that discus fish will eat out of your hand, and they are always aware…
By: Kevin3 in  Pets  >  Fish   Mar 24, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

Saltwater Or Freshwater Aquarium: Which is Right for You?
Aquariums can be a wonderful addition to your home. They can add a unique decorative touch as well as provide joy in seeing the masterpiece you have created. Additionally, aquariums can offer a soothing, zen-like quality to any space. Once you have decided to commit to bringing an aquarium into…
By: Aqua Reef in  Pets  >  Fish   Jan 31, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Choosing Which Tropical Fish Species You Want to Care for
There are so many different species of tropical fish to choose from. But the first thing you need to do is decide what kind of aquarium you are going to set up, or indeed know which one you already have! For instance our aquarium is a tropical freshwater aquarium which…
By:  in  Pets  >  Fish   Mar 21, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

How To Take Care Of Your Arowana
If there is one freshwater aquarium fish which is prized above any other, it is the arowana. What comes to mind when describing an Arowana? Are they really insatiable predators with insatiable appetites which require ever larger tanks to house and keep them? Are they safe to keep with Sclerophages…
By: John Steven Horvath in  Pets  >  Fish   Apr 15, 2013  
0
  Likes: 6

Saltwater Aquariums - Setting Up And Maintenance
Aquariums in your home can be an amazing showcase for you and anyone who visits your home. Deciding which one you want (saltwater or tropical) can be a hard decision as keeping any type of fish/ aquarium should be a long term commitment. Most people who havnt kept fish before…
By: dave martin in  Pets  >  Fish   Feb 22, 2012  
1
  Likes: 1

Aquarium Lighting: Which is Ideal for My Tank?
Once you decide to bring an aquarium into your home, you will put a lot of time, energy and money into creating a masterpiece aquarium. You have carefully selected the right style aquarium for your taste and placed it in just the right spot in your home. You spent countless…
By: Aqua Reef in  Pets  >  Fish   Feb 14, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Saltwater Aquarium Filtration Systems - The Basics
One of the most integral parts of the saltwater aquarium is the filtration system. This system is tasked with filtering out chemicals and other water waste. Once fish are added to an aquarium, pollution begins in the form of waste products that are produced during normal respiration and digestion and…
By: Aqua Reef in  Pets  >  Fish   Feb 14, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

55 Gallon Aquarium Filters
55 Gallon Aquarium Filters Filters for your 55 gallon aquariums are an essential piece of equipment to keeping your water safe for your aquatic life. Having excellent water quality is vital for keeping your fish healthy. Filters are meant to remove the toxins in your water and waste produced by…
By: Kevin3 in  Pets  >  Fish   Apr 14, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 4014    Report this Article