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When you have brought your new fish aquarium home - the fish tank set up comes next, but there are a few simple rules that you need to follow.
This will ensure that your aquarium is set up safely and correctly and that your new fish will not get stressed, as this can be harmful to them.
The first thing to consider is the location of the fish aquarium. You will want to choose a location that is in a quiet spot, away from loud sources of noise such as televisions, radios, washing machines and fridge freezers.
Excessive noise can stress out a fish which may affect their health. Also keep the fish tank away from areas of heat, such as a radiator or fire.For example, a large living room is very suitable for placing an aquarium.
Bright light can also affect the fish tank setup, so be sure to pick a spot that is away from strong natural light sources.
An area that receives a little bit of natural sunlight will be the best place for your fish tank. The area needs to have a level and sturdy base so that it can support your fish tank set up.
Some come with bases or fish tank stands, depending on cost.
Avoid all areas where it may be easy for children or pets to knock the fish tank over. Ideally the fish tank placed against a wall is best practice.
Before you fill the fish tank with water you need to make sure it is clean. Be sure to wipe the glass inside of the aquarium with lukewarm water and a cloth to remove any dust or dirt.
Never use chemical house cleaning products as they can poison your fish. If you need to use a product, then there are several designed solely for use in fish tanks.
Now is the time to add your substrate to the fish tank, this can include living gravel and decorations.
When adding live fish tank plants it is best to do it after you have filled it up with over 50% water to avoid damaging them
The next step is to add the electrical items to your fish tank. This may include a water filtration system, aquarium plant lighting, heating, air stones and air pumps as well as a thermometer, depending on type of fish you are keeping.
Now you are ready to fill the tank with aquarium water. Always fill the fish tank up slowly, and make sure you check the water quality before adding it into the tank. .
(TOP TIP. Place a small dish or bowl on the gravel or substrate - before adding the water. This will help the water displace better in the tank, without messing up the gravel or substrate.)
You can then turn your fish tank on and add your water treatment products, these will introduce important bacteria into your tank. It is recommended that you leave your fish tank to run for several weeks, before testing the aquarium water, to make sure the aquarium cycle has completed, before introducing any tropical or marine fish life into your fish tank.