How to set up Aquarium at home, step by step guide.

set up aquarium at home

As per study having a life around yourself, boost your mood and bring positivity in thought. Adding an aquarium with different types of fish to your home is the perfect way to bring beautiful colour and life to your home. Its not only pleasure watching beautiful aquatic creature moving around but it works as source of entertainment, education and relaxation for the entire family. Its been found that occasional observing and interacting with your aquatic pets help lowering your blood pressure and reducing the stress of everyday life.

Setting up Aquarium at home

Adding an aquarium to your home is fun and easy step process and well worth the years of enjoyment. If you aren’t sure how to get started, we have prepared step-by-step guide will help you on your way to creating a beautiful aquarium with best freshwater fish for your enriching experience.

Items that you need

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Suggested Aquarium Decorations:

Step:1 Selecting best aquarium tank

Once you’ve set up your new tank, you’ll probably be anxious to fill it with fish, and that’s natural. But it’s important to be patient and go slowly. Remember that an aquarium is a living system, and it takes time to establish the balance that will keep its inhabitants thriving. Introduce just a few fish at first and wait a week or two before adding more to give the essential bacteria that filter the water time to grow. Test your aquarium water for ammonia and nitrite, and only add more fish if the levels are zero.

Step:2 wash aquarium gravel, rocks and ornaments with warm water, then add them to your tank.

Rinse the gravel in clean water and add it to the aquarium, sloping it up towards the back. Place all the background plants, arrange the driftwood, add accent and foreground plants, along with a few special stones.

Not much of decoration and filled aquarium is also not an ideal setup. Some fish favours open spaces more which give them wider space to swim, while others need cover to relax and put on their best colours. SO you can figure out behaviour and suitable environment of your fish by a bit of research to find out what type of habitat your fish like and decorate your aquarium accordingly.

When placing plants, it’s a good idea to locate larger ones to the rear of the tank, smaller ones toward the front. This ensures an open swimming area for your fish. 

Step:3 Fill your tank approximately one-third full with room temperature water

Make sure water is pure and free of contamination. If your tap water contains chlorine, add a Chlorine Neutralizer.  If you have water purifier, prefer using RO water purifier water.

Don’t pour water directly as this will disturb the gravel bed. It is better that before adding water, you place a dish on top of gravel and then gradually pour the water over the dish. Added water stream will be get gently deflect without displacing gravel.

Water temperature. Always fill your aquarium with room temperature water. Cold water will result in condensation thereby giving the appearance of leakage. In case of condensation, simply wipe surface with a clean cloth until temperature stabilises.

Step:4 Install Filter, Heater, Airline tubing, hood, decorate etc

Once the aquarium is one third full of water, you can add aquatic plants either live or artificial and/or decorative rocks or ornaments. You must make sure that before adding these get rinse thoroughly. While placing plants, put larger ones to the rear of the tank and smaller ones toward the front. This ensures an open swimming area for your fish. 

Place all the background plants, arrange the driftwood, add accent and foreground plants, along with a few special stones. Decoration is essential for your fish to feel like home and natural habitat otherwise they will hide much.

Heater may be used to maintain water temperature in your aquarium. Most tropical fish require a constant water temperature between 75° and 80° F. Certain cold water fish like Goldfish can exist quite comfortably without a heater.

Lighting brings out the natural colors of your fish and is essential for live plant growth. An aquarium hood or cover is always a good idea because it helps keep fish in and airborne pollutants out.

Fill aquarium and filter with water.

Step:5 Plug in your air pump, power filter and heater and start them up.

Plug in filter and heater.

It is recommended that do not switch on the heater when it’s not immersed in water as this will result in heating element malfunction and overheat.

Check the air outlets and adjust the settings. Water is required to be flowing properly through power filter. You can then adjust the heater according to to suitable temperature.

Wait 24 hours to ensure all equipment is working properly and till temperature gets stabilised before adding fish.

Step:6: Check the conditions and temperature after a few hours.

Water in new aquariums will often turn cloudy for a day or two. This is caused by a harmless bacterial growth and should disappear naturally. Check the pH and hardness of your water using a Tetra® Test Kit and our convenient My Aquarium App.

Step:7 Add fish

Once your new aquarium is fish-ready and fully equipped, its time to introduce your new pets to their new home. After properly acclimating fish you can put them into the aquarium.


Important tips for having Aquarium at home

  • Always move aquarium by emptying it first. Never attempt to move a full or partially full aquarium.

  • Dry your hand before attempting to lift aquarium. Never lift an aquarium with wet hands.

  • Always grasp and carry an aquarium from underneath, never attempt to lift aquarium by grasping upper edges or frame.

  • Avoid using soap, detergents or cleaning agents for cleaning aquarium, use a damp cloth to clean your tank inside.

  • Always place an aquarium on a flat, level surface that can bear its weight and you have some extra space around to move it.

  • Don’t keep your aquarium directly in sunlight or near a heat source or air conditioner.

  • Rinse the gravel thoroughly before adding to water in aquarium.

  • Always fill your aquarium with water at room temperature.

If you are noticing your fish hiding a lot. Don’t worry, that’s normal. Just make sure there are enough decorations in the aquarium to make them feel home.

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