Ask yourself this, what makes super villains cool? The answer is simply presentation.
One of my favorite super villains is the “Illusive Man” from mass effect. Check out his lair and you will figure out why. What does this have to do with setting up aquariums? The truth is aquariums make your home look pretty, and if you do it right, you might just end up with a super villain’s lair.
Most of us assume that we can do everything, that’s why DIY projects are so popular today. The only issue with that is if you can’t follow instructions the results won’t be pretty, picture this, you want to keep tropical fish. So you go out buy an aquarium and set it up yourself.
You then go to the fish market, fall in love with a fish and bring it home with you. Two days later you find it floating in the aquarium. Harsh, I know but that’s what will happen if you don’t set up your tropical aquarium right.
The first step is research
Before you do anything you must learn everything there is to know about the type of fish you intend to keep and the aquarium you intend to buy, my advice is, go big.
The thing is larger aquariums are easier to maintain because you have more water thus you can easily keep the environment inside the tank “balanced.” If I were you, I’d buy a 20-gallon aquarium, to begin with.
Things you will need
- Heater and Chiller
- Air pump
- Glass Scrubber
- Filter cartridges/poly fiber pad/bacteria
Once you have your aquarium you will need a hard, flat surface to put it on; the idea is to pick a suitable location to place it. You don’t want to place the aquarium in parts of your home that have high traffic because accidents can happen. Instead, you should keep it away from people and direct sunlight.
After setting up the aquarium or before you set it up you should clean it, take note don’t use any soap to clean it just water and a glass scrubber.
The next step is to add gravel, note that you should clean the gravel first before putting it into the tank. It is recommended that when you add gravel to the aquarium you give it a slight tilt from the back to front. This will give the illusion of greater depth.
After the gravel water comes next, now, you don’t want to disturb the gravel thus you should cover it with a dish to keep the water from doing that.
Caution: tap water can kill your fish because of chlorine-therefore make sure that you treat the water with a de-chlorinator before you add it to your aquarium.
Don’t forget that fish are living creatures thus they will poop i.e. there will be waste inside the tank. This means that your tank will need filtration; you will need mechanical, chemical and biological filtration. For mechanical filtration you will need filter cartridges, for chemical filtration you will need poly fiber pads, and finally, for chemical filtration, you will need a culture of bacteria that produce oxygen.
After everything is ready including the heater and the chiller you can now add the fish when picking fish it is important to make sure that you get fish that are suitable for the aquarium you set up.
This means that you must consider the size and temperature of the aquarium, if like in this case you want to keep tropical fish you should make sure that the temperature of the aquarium ranges from 76˚ to 80˚.