Even a small aquarium fish tank is heavy - one gallon of water weighs about 10 lbs - so your new tank will require a sturdy stand. There are dedicated aquarium stands available that will provide a solid base, although a small fish tank might sit on another item of furniture. Use a layer of polystyrene tiles between the tank and the stand to even out any bumps. When setting up your aquarium try to avoid placing it in direct sunlight, which will cause algae to grow in the tank. Remember it will need to be situated near a power outlet as many items of tank equipment require a power source.
One of the ways for both you and your fish to enjoy the aquarium is through the choice of fish tank decorations you make. These are what add background for you to enjoy viewing and for the fish to have fun playing in, around and with. In fact, decorating your aquarium is an essential part of caring for your fish. They enhance the beauty of the fish`s living quarters while making it a focal point of your home. If you arrange them carefully, you`ll always have a sense of peace, elegance and harmony even when the rest of your house is a wreck.
Setting up the filter and heaters on the tank wall is something else you will want to do. This is assuming you have a back filter which fits on the tank. If not you should install the filter when it is proper, for example an under gravel filter needs to be installed before the gravel is placed in the tank. Then you will want to rinse the carbon filter you have for your tank and start the filter system up. You will also want to plug the heater in as well, but you will only do those two items when the water is at a high enough level to sustain the items.
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