Great for de-stressing and relaxing, a lush, healthy freshwater aquarium brings serenity into the room that is set up in.There is something innately calming when you see fish of different shapes and colors gliding silently and serenely as the drone of the aquarium compressor gently hums your mantra of relaxation.
Of course part of the Zen experience of taking care of an aquarium is to be able to set it up in such a way that it will be easy to maintain and keep that little underwater ecosystem alive and thriving while under your roof.
Below are some great tips on how to set up your freshwater aquarium.
- Consider the size of the aquarium. The first thing you should think about is space restrictions. There are a lot of different sizes for aquariums and it is best that you consider the space you have in your home to accommodate an aquarium. If you’re just starting out, a modest-sized aquarium would be a 10 to 20 gallon one. Make sure you measure the aquarium you want to get at the shop and find a place for it in your home before you buy it. If you want to take care of large schools of fish or bigger-sized fish, you may opt for a 50 to 100 gallon tank.
- Consider the location of the aquarium. You also need to know where to place your aquarium. Placing it under direct sunlight may make the water too warm for some of the fish and could mess up the lighting cycle of your tank’s lights. It’s best that you situate the aquarium in a place away from direct sunlight or make sure you have curtains or blinds on your windows. You also need to put the tank in an out of the way place so that people are not bumping into it often.
- Consider substrates. Substrates are basically the gravel or sand you put at the bottom of your aquarium. Understand that choosing the substrate that goes into your aquarium isn’t something arbitrary; you need to learn the different kinds of substrate that is best for the fishes you want to take care of in your aquarium. One consideration is the pH level in the water that could be affected by the gravel you put in. So do a bit of research on your fish and the ideal environment for them to live in.
- Consider the aquarium’s general cleanliness. Before you put in your gravel, plants, and other aquarium knick-knacks, make sure you wash them thoroughly so that they don’t bring sickness or parasites to your fish.
- Consider the nitrogen cycle. Once you’ve put everything (excluding your fishes) in place, you need to allow the aquarium’s nitrogen cycle to complete. This can take up to six weeks so you need to be patient as you monitor the pH, ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels. Consult the standards found in your test kit instructions and if they are well within acceptable range, you can begin placing your fish in.