Video: How-to Set Up a Freshwater Aquarium

The steps you need to know in order to set up a freshwater aquarium.

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So today we're here talking about how to set up your fresh water aquarium. The fist step is to determine the best possible location for your tank. Personally I recommend an inner wall, away from any type of direct lighting source. You want a stable,level floor and you want to ensure the tank is on a good, proper stand. Reason for that is it is approximately 8 pounds per gallon of water. So this tank could end up being extremely heavy by the time you are done setting it up. So now after you have determined the best possible location for your aquarium, the second step I would recommend is wiping down the interior and the exterior of the aquarium just so it will help remove any residual debri that may have been left over that you don't want inside your water. The next step to do is ensuring that your tank is level. You can do this 2 ways, you can use a carpenters level or you can do what we're gonna do and pour in some water. What you are looking for is a nice even line across the bottom of the tank. The reason for wanting a level aquarium is to ensure that your filter works properly. The next step is attaching your background. You have 2 options for this, you can use tape, or liquid mounting solution, pour out a liberal amount of solution and use a paper towel to apply liberally across the entire background. Next step is to attach the background to the back panel of the aquarium. So after you have lined up your background, you want to take something with a flat edge to press out the air bubbles. Once your background is in place, I recommend filling up your aquarium at least a third of the way full. The next step is adding your pre-rinsed gravel. With your hands, spread the gravel evenly across the aquarium bottom. You may notice a slight haziness in the water and that is perfectly normal. Now for the fun part, now we get to add the decor. In order to provide your aquarium with depth I recommend some foreground, mid ground and background plants. So after you have arranged the decorations the way that you want them, the next step is to fill the aquarium up the rest of the way. I recommend using a bowl at the bottom of the aquarium, that will prevent the gravel from being washed away. The next step is adding a filter, placing the aquarium filter on the back of the tank, I recommend placing the intake as close to the center of the aquarium as possible. Your next step is adding the aquatic heater, your heater should come with a minimum water recommendation line seen at the top of the heater here. you want to make sure that when placing it in there that its fully submersed. You want to wait about 15-20 minutes allowing the glass of the heater to become the same temperature of the aquarium water. To prevent it from shattering. So now would be a great time to attach the thermometer to the tank. I recommend placing this on the opposite side of the aquarium heater to give you a more accurate reading of how warm or cold your water is. Now that we have completed setting up your new aquarium your next step is adding a little water conditioner to help take out the ammonia and chlorine out of the water. When adding these chemicals follow the manufacturers instructions. In addition to adding water conditioner you can add products that contain lie and bacteria cultures. This will help jump start your biological filtration.Now that we have completed adding our water conditioner as well as our lie and bacteria culture, we're gonna allow the aquarium to sit for 24-48 hours to help it stabilize. So now that you have allowed your tank to stabilize for about 24-48 hours make sure that all of your equipment is running productively. It is time to add your fish. So the first step that you'll need to do is turn off your lights, this will help your fish feel more secure and less stressed out while they are floating for 15 minutes getting the water to acclimate to the same temperature as your aquarium. Next its time to add your fish to your aquarium. In order to do this you need to open up the bag and start pouring in a little bit of your tank water about every 5 minutes. This will help get the water that's inside the bag to the same quality of water that's in your tank. Its now time to add those fish to your aquarium. So you're gonna want to pour out as much water as possible out of the bag without affecting the fishes swimming ability, and release those into the aquarium. You should leave the light off for about 24 hours allowing the fish to acclimate to their new surroundings. After which you can turn on your light and enjoy your new aquarium.
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