Setting Up Your New Tropical Fish Tank
Setting up your new fish tank will take a little time and patience. It can be really tempting to buy your tank and rush home and add fish straight away, but this will only lead to stressed, sick fish that are likely to die. Your new fish need a particular environment in which to thrive, so setting up your fish tank correctly is essential to ensure their long term health and wellbeing.
- Position your new tank and stand in its permanent location
- Wash out the tank with water only - do not use detergents or bleach
- Wash out gravel, plants and ornaments thoroughly using water only and position in your tank
- Add the water, ideally at room temperature to the tank. Do this slowly to prevent distrupting your gravel and decorations
- Install the thermometer followig the on pack directions - but do not turn on the thermostat until it has adjusted to the water temperature, which should take about 15 minutes
- Connect the filter using the on pack directions and then top up the water so it lies at just beneath the hood level
- Position the hood and light as directed
- Check that all cables and outlets are free from water, and using a cable tidy, secure all cables to prevent accidents
- Turn on the power and allow The Nitrogen Cycle to commence
- Once the cycle has been completed, your tank will be ready to become home to your new fish. Patience is key to keeping your fish happy and healthy, so only add a few fish to your tank at a time and always follow correct acclimatisation proceedures.
See our section on Adding Fish to Your Tank for more information.