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Setting Up a Fish Tank

Owning fish is an enjoyable experience for people of all ages. And while fish ownership requires plenty of maintenance, it can be a great transition for younger children into owning larger, more dependent animals.

One of the most expensive and time-consuming investments you need to make before bringing home fish is choosing their tank. These can be costly depending on the size and extra pieces required for a properly functioning home for your new pets.

Once installed, tanks take up a lot of time in regular cleaning and maintenance.

Be prepared for both and do your best to plan ahead of time where the tank will be placed and who will be taking care of the majority of the upkeep. Once you decide those things, it’s time to set up and maintain the tank.

Setting Up the Tank

The first step to setting up your new tank is adding rinsed gravel to the bottom of it. Most tank manufacturers recommend one pound of gravel per gallon of water. There are various colors of gravel on the market, so decide which works with your in-tank design scheme.

Next comes the filtration system, which can either be simple or complex, depending on the size of your tank and the species of your new fish. Without proper filtration, fish waste can poison the water. Read up on proper filtration processes to make sure you’re giving your fish the healthiest environment possible.

Filling the Tank

After you fill your tank with clean tap water, it’s time to add chemical neutralizers to stabilize your pH levels. Consult with your pet store to find out the recommended levels for your specific type.

Don’t forget fun decorations and a light source for your fish. These details put the finishing touches on your tank and help you put a little personality into the home of your newest fish.

Introducing Your Fish

Start your tank with a handful of fish to help ease their transition into their new home. Don’t forget to let the plastic bag you bought the fish in float in the water for about 20 minutes to let them acclimatize to the temperature of the water.

Add a couple of fish every week until you have your optimal number. Doing so slowly helps your fish feel more comfortable with new additions and less competitive over food.

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