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Sit back and enjoy your new aquarium

Sit back and enjoy your new aquarium

Aquariums can be beautiful and fun additions to any home. The easiest way to start having an aquarium in your house is to choose a freshwater aquarium. These are easier to manage and you have a greater chance of success than if you tackle a saltwater aquarium.  Even so, there is a lot to buy and many things to think about before you can have fish swim around your tank.

You need to select a tank size and make sure it fits into the space you have allotted. You need to select a tank size of at least ten gallons as mistakes are less likely to be lethal if there is more water to work with. Fish tanks are heavy. A full 20 gallon fish tank is over 200 pounds.  Make sure you have a good supporting system for your fish tank so it doesn’t collapse.

Choose a tank with a larger surface area, such as an oblong tank. Fish do better with a larger surface area. Glass tanks are better for beginners so choose one of those as opposed to an acrylic fish tank. Most tanks come with standard measurements which can be used to select the tank for you.

Your initial purchase checklist should include the following:

  • A suitably sized aquarium, possibly 20 gallon-sized
  • A stand or surface for your aquarium
  • A hood or lid for your aquarium
  • An aquarium light
  • A heater that heats the size of the aquarium you are buying (check with the staff at the pet store if you have any doubts about the heater size and wattage).
  • An aquarium thermometer
  • Substrate for the bottom of the aquarium
  • A fish net
  • Something to condition the water
  • A filter for the aquarium

You should get enough substrate to fill the bottom of the tank to a level of about two inches.  In general, a pound of substrate should be purchased for every gallon of water in the tank. This means you should buy about 20 pounds of substrate for a 20 gallon tank. The filter should be adequate to filter out the junk in the tank. A filter should be able to filter about 100-150 gallons per hour.

Once you’ve rinsed out the aquarium, you’ll need to fill it with water. Place the aquarium exactly where you want to keep it. Buy a bottle of aquarium water conditioner. Buy two buckets that you only use for the aquarium. Fill the tank with washed substrate to a depth of 2-3 inches. Put a clean plate on top of the gravel (this keeps the gravel from splashing up). Let the cold water in the tap run for a few minutes to clear the lines of excessive minerals and then fill the bucket up to three-fourths full. Pour the water from the bucket onto the plate until the water is halfway up the tank. Then add your plants and decorations. Put in the heater and the filter but don’t plug them in until the tank is full.

Next, fill the tank with water using the other bucket. You can remove the plate when the tank is halfway filled with water. Start the filter and the heater and run for a minimum of twenty four hours before adding fish.

You’ll want to consider adding an EcoBio-Stone or other EcoBio-Block product, depending on the size of your tank and your particular needs. These are porous volcanic and cement rocks which slowly release necessary trace minerals and calcium in to the water. They contain beneficial nutrients and helpful bacteria that create the proper ecosystem for your aquarium helping you minimize your maintenance time and reduce the need to change the water in your tank.  Nitrifying bacteria are established in your tank and the tank is cycled more quickly. The water stays clear and odor is kept to a minimum. EcoBio-Block products last for up to 1.5 or 2 years and require no maintenance.

If all goes well, you’ll have a healthy, happy aquarium system that will last for years with a minimum of interference by you. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy your new aquarium.

 

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There’s A Lot Of Work Involved With Buying A New Aquarium

Through the reading of this article, I hope you can obtain some helpful information about how to start a new aquarium. You are also likely to learn, through the process, that is is quite an incredible undertaking to get the ball rolling on a project like this. So the best thing for you to do is to plan for the process, and that can begin by understanding the most important aspects and sorting through them now rather than later.

You will find out when you are looking to set up an aquarium in your home or office, that there are a lot of different options and looks that you can achieve through the process. So the question then becomes what you want your aquarium to look like and what type of aquatic life you intend to support. This will help you understand what direction you need to go in getting started.

So, as was said you have to determine what kind of life you hope to support through the aquarium’s use. There are two main types of creatures: freshwater and saltwater. You cannot usually mix the two because you cannot have both fresh and saltwater in the same aquarium. These animals cannot survive outside their required elements. This will affect what other creatures you can choose for your aquarium.

Along with the same decision making process, when you have decided what type of creature you are looking to support, you have to actually choose among several varieties. This is another big decision because you cannot allow certain creatures to be with other creatures because they cannot co-exist. Certain creatures fight with one another, and there is nothing you will be able to do about this. So it really pays to do the research about which specimens exist best together.

The size of the aquarium is another big decision that you have to make. While this might seem trivial in the bigger picture, this will play a very large role in what you end up having in the water. For instance, if you are wanting to get an aquarium based on one fish, you have to get the size aquarium that best suits that particular species, which might require a larger or smaller tank than you might have otherwise considered.

The set up of the actual aquarium should not prove to be very difficult. Usually it comes pre-assembled with simple instructions concerning the working parts of the unit itself. It is important to follow these instructions, however, because instructions such as running the filter for a minimum of 24 hours before housing animals is important to their survival. You do want them to survive, right?

You might also benefit from the purchase of a product like Eco Bio-Block, which will not only improve the quality of life for the inhabitants of your aquarium, but will also keep this habitat cleaner and clearer for you and for the fish. So it is more of a win-win situation on both sides of the coin. A small investment in a product like this, could keep your aquarium much nicer for up to 2 years.

So now, you should have a better idea about the process of starting a new aquarium. While it might be a rather large undertaking, if you plan it all out in advance, you will find that the whole thing can run a lot smoother.

Do you like fish and would like to start an aquarium. Find out the correct aquarium care that will have your tank flourishing. Use the EcoBio-Block products to help out. Find out more online today!

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