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How-to Set Up a Freshwater Aquarium

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The steps you need to know in order to set up a freshwater aquarium. http://www.petco.com

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The steps you need to know in order to set up a freshwater aquarium. http://www.petco.com

So today we're here talking about how to set up your freshwater aquarium. Now the first important step is to determine the best possible location for your tank. Personally, I'd recommend an inner wall away from any type of direct lighting source. You want a stable, level floor, and you want to ensure that the tank is on a good proper stand. The reason for that is, it's approximately 8 and 1/2 pounds per gallon of water, so this tank could end up being extremely heavy by the time you're done setting it up. So now after you've determined the best possible location for your aquarium, the next step I would recommend is wiping down the interior and the exterior of the aquarium. This will help remove any residual debris that might be inside there, that you don't want inside your water. The next step to do is ensuring that your tank is level. You can do this two ways. You can use a carpenter's level, or you can do what we're going to do, and pour in some water. What you're 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 two options for this, you can use tape or liquid mounting solution. Pour out a little 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've 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 the aquarium at least third of the way full, and check for any leaks. The next step is adding your pre-rinsed gravel. With your hands spread, the gravel evenly across the aquarium bottom. You may notice just a little slight haziness in the water, and that's perfectly normal. But now for the fun part. Now we get to add the decor. In order to provide your aquarium some depth, I recommend the addition of some foreground midground, and background plants. So after you've arranged the decorations the way 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'll prevent the gravel from being washed around. 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. Now your heater should come with a minimum water recommendation line, seeing at the top of the heater here. You want to make sure that when placing it in there, that that's fully submersed. You want to wait about 15, 20 minutes. That;ll allow the glass of the heater to become the same temperature of the aquarium water, to prevent 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, it could give you a more accurate reading of how warm or cold your water is. Now that we've completed setting up the aquarium, your next step is adding a little water conditioner to help take out the ammonia, chlorine and chloramines out of your tap water. And when adding these chemicals, follow the manufacturer's instructions. In addition to adding a water conditioner, you can add some products that contain live bacteria cultures. This will help jump start your biological filtration. Now that we've completed adding our water conditioner, as well as our live bacteria culture, we're going to allow the aquarium to sit for 24 to 48 hours to help stabilize. So now that you've allowed your tank to stabilize for about 24 to 48 hours, and ensured that all your equipment is running correctly, it's time to add your fish. So the first step that you're going to need to do, is you're going to need to turn off your lights. This will help your fish feel more secure, less stressed out, while they're floating for 15 minutes, getting the water to acclimate to the same temperature as your aquarium. Next, it's time to add your fish to your aquarium. In order to do this, you're going to need to open up the bag, and start pouring in a little bit of your tank water, about a quarter cup to a half cup every five minutes. This will help get to the water that's inside the bag to the same type of quality of water that's in your tank. It's now time to add this fish to your aquarium. So you're going to want to pour off as much water as possible out of the bag, without affecting the fish's 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 the light, and enjoy your new aquarium.

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