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 Planning & Setup

 

Aquarium Size

Selection of aquarium shape and size can be based on your set-up location, cost, and time you would like to invest in this feature.  To decide on a specific aquarium, gather information through professional literature or consult a specialized dealer of your desires and ideas.  Consider fish type and quantity, plants, decor, and equipment connections.  When all the important factors are optimally matched you will be able to begin your new aquarium.

Next, it is important to consider the weight of the aquarium to determine the best aquarium cabinet options.  Some cabinets come as a set with an aquarium; however, if this will be a separate purchase, consider a cabinet what can withstand the weight of your full aquarium and is proportional to the aquarium you have chosen.


Aquarium Location

Location is an important factor aquarium setup.  It should be a placed in an area that can be easily observed, is in direct vicinity of electrical outlets, out of direct and continuous sunlight, and away from doorways, hallways, and air conditioning units and heaters. 

Placing your aquarium where is can be easily observed is important to making the most of your beautiful aquarium.  Aquariums bring a lot of life and delight to any indoor space. 

Make sure to place your aquarium near electrical outlets to easily connect and hide power cords out of sight.  If you find an ideal location and there are not outlets nearby, it might be beneficial to consider hiring an electrician to add an outlet in your ideal location.

Protecting your aquarium from direct or continuous sunlight is important to your water quality and visual experience as algae is more likely to grown in water exposed to sunlight.

Vibrations caused from closed doors, high foot traffic, and movement of the air conditioning units and heaters can cause agitation and stress for aquarium inhabitants.  Consider placing the aquarium along a longer wall to avoid these stressors. 


Aquarium Design

When designing your aquarium, keep in mind any specific needs of your fish or plants to create the perfect habitat for them.  Start with rinsing out your aquarium with freshwater this will help to remove any dust, particles, or chemical residues.  Next, play the substrate.  The base layer is typical formed from pebble or sand.  Next, install your aquarium support system such as pumps, filters, etc following the instructions found in each of the product manuals.  Do not plug in anything until completely submersed.  Next, carefully fill the aquarium up 1/3 of the tank.  In order to not stir up any of the substrate, consider using a slow flow of water and run through a mesh or other tool to restrict an aggressive flow.  Now, add any driftwood, rocks, and decor.  You can follow with any aquatic plants.  Finally, fill with water.

TIP! Before adding fish you should, you should allow the water to cycle to a point microorganisms have settled to balance the natural nitrogen cycle.  Typically, this process takes about three weeks.  You will need to test the water to determine if any water treatments are needed to create the ideal environment for the fish you have chosen.


Fish & Plants

Aquarium fish and plant care can be highly specified in regards to every type of fish and plants.  We recommend you learn more about the specific needs of your aquarium inhabitants to provide the best care for them.  Here are some helpful tips for all aquarium inhabitants. 

In regards to fish, you should not add more fish will be healthy for them based on your aquarium size.  You should also consider if the height of your aquarium includes the ideal height for the fish you have chosen.  Also, determine the ideal water conditions required by your specific fish.

When introducing plants, you should note what plants will fit in your aquarium, are appropriate to combine with any animals you will have in your aquarium, water pH required, and plants that will thrive together.  Also consider any lighting requirements and fertilizers needed for your plants to grow.