A tropical fish tank should not be fully stocked at once. When the tank is tested for bacteria and nitrogen safety, then the tank is ready for occupants. However, only two fish each week should be added. New inhabitants into a tank change the tank`s environment. When first starting a tank, consider species that are resilient such as White Clouds and then introduce species like Tiger Barbs. Consider stocking species that enjoy different parts of a tank, this will lead to a tank that is more appealing to watch. Certain breeds like to swim near the top of a tank; these include Betta`s and Hatchet fish. Fish that prefer the bottom of a tank are Catfish or Cory`s and fish that generally swim in the middle of a tank are Angels, Goldfish and Rainbows. Fish that prefer the middle of the aquarium are usually the prettiest.
After you have set the tank on a sturdy table or stand you will want to take the gravel that you have for your aquarium, preferably, the gravel is some you have found from the store and rinse this off. By rinsing this item off under water, it will be easy for you to remove any of the dust which is leftover, but you can also be rinsing off any chemicals which may have remained on the rocks form the bags they were stored in. Then you will want to take and spread the gravel evenly on the bottom of your tank. Now the key here is you want to have at least a half inch if not a full inch deep of gravel for the bottom of your aquarium. If you go to shallow on this, you fish can easily dig down to the glass, but also the deeper the gravel will provide more of a trap of the particles which are present.
Setting up an aquarium may seem like this is a hard job to do, but you need to realize this is not as hard as what you thought at first. The reason this is not as hard is you may want to rush out and get your fish right away, but after reading this you know this is the first mistake you can make. Since this can easily be avoided, it will be easy to keep your spirits up about how your tank is coming along and not rush things because you have managed to follow the steps that were provided here on how to set up your tank properly. Without following this advice and rushing matters it is easy to get your fish and have them all die off on you right away because your tank was not prepared properly for getting fish, then you will be discouraged and easily think you cannot have an aquarium.
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