How To Set Up A Tropical Aquarium
A tropical aquarium is a beautiful addition to any home and below details how to set one up.
1) Position your tank and stand where you want to have it, remember that you will not be able to move it once it is filled with water.
2) Start by adding your substrate to the tank and ideally create a layer covers the entire bottom of the tank and is 5cm deep. Do not put the tank in direct sunlight or next to a radiator.
3) Set up the filter and attach it to the aquarium then place the heater and any other electrical appliances such as power heads to the inside of the aquarium. Do not turn the electricity supply on yet
4) Fill the tank a third of the way up with water and check for any leaks and place any decorations inside.
5) Fill the tank the rest of the way up to the level indicated in the tank instructions which will be a couple of inches below the top of the tank.
6) Turn on the electricity supply and make sure that all of the appliances are working. Make sure that the filter is not leaking and has been set up properly. Make sure the lights are working and place the hood onto the tank.
7) It is a good idea to either place a few pieces of flake food into the aquarium to start the biological filtration process inside the filter. Alternatively you can buy live bacteria from you local aquatic store to speed up the maturing of the tank. If you have used tap water then make sure the water is treated to neutralise the chlorine.
8) It is a good idea to cycle the aquarium for at least two weeks prior to adding any fish. This may seem like a pain staking amount of time but it will ensure that the new additions to the tank will have the best chance of survival. If you have added live bacteria then you can cycle the tank for a minimum of 1 week.