Step by step start up. Setting up your freshwater tropical fish tank

These small fish are a great first fish. When first starting up a tank, you need to test the water.
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When you decide to get your first aquarium, the first thing to do is to define where the aquarium will go in your home, how much money you will spend on it, and who will take care of the tank. With those guidelines in mind, the next thing to do is to find a good local fish store. This can be an independent or one of the big box stores. Talk with friends who have fish tanks, and find out where they go. Attend a meeting at your local aquarium club. Don’t start by surfing the web, as you will be overwhelmed. When you go to chat with your local fish stores, don’t go on a weekend day; they will be very busy and won’t be able to spend the time you want them to with you. Drop in on a Wednesday, late afternoon or evening—store traffic should be slow, and the staff will have more time to speak with you.
This start-up is giving new meaning to having a green thumb. But you need a fish tank.
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An excellent way to start! Good job and interesting to read, too. I know for a salt water tank, most people who start one agree that it is best to let them cycle at least a month before adding fish. In fact, I had a friend of mine with a 200 gallon salt water tank that said he always started one off as a reef tank, then added fish a month or more later. That way, the fish had something to settle into. Fresh water tanks may not require quite as long to cycle, but it wouldn't hurt, especially if you're adding live plants. It would give them a chance to root well and everything would be ready to introduce the fish. Another consideration is the heating process. Bigger tanks take more time to heat and it can take up to 2 or 3 days to get the temperature set right and consistent. I think people just get in too big of a hurry, whereas if they just took a little extra time, they'd have a healthier environment for the fish and a much better setup. Essential to create the right environment in your aquarium. This allows the tanks ecosystem to start to develop so it can support fish.
Photo provided by FlickrThey will help jump start the biological process needed to support live fish in your tank
Photo provided by Flickrfirst fish to start the cycling process very soon after getting your fish tank set up.
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However, many do start with just a small fish tank, so we want to give you a list of items to use with your small aquarium so that you can increase your chances for success in tropical fishkeeping. If you need help with setting up your new tank, check out the page.In a new aquarium, harmful ammonia and nitrite build up from fish waste, often resulting in fish loss or new tank syndrome. The unique, patented nitrifying bacteria in QUICK START are scientifically proven to quickly consume ammonia and nitrite to help prevent new tank syndrome. Allows immediate addition of fish to a new freshwater or saltwater aquarium. Use when starting a new aquarium, adding new fish, changing water, changing filter media, after medicating , or whenever ammonia or nitrite are detected. Allows instant addition of fish. Limits toxic ammonia and nitrite. Helps prevent fish loss. Immediately starts aquarium cycle. Contains live, nitrifying bacteria. No refrigeration required. All natural.Below is a typical start-up kit for a small 2 gallon mini-bow aquarium. It comes with a lighted hood, a small packet of sample fish food, an undergravel filter and a small air pump. You will need to get some other items as well for your aquarium. As mentioned previously, a small tank can be more work than a large tank because you really have to stay on top of those water changes to prevent the small aquarium from becoming too polluted. Here is a list of the bare minimum things to have for any small aquarium:
It's a good idea to have in mind what kind of freshwater aquarium fish you want to keep in your freshwater aquarium setup before you purchase an aquarium. Some fish only grow to be an inch or two, whereas other types of tropical fish can grow 12 or 13 inches or more in length! Knowing what kind of fish you want will help you decide the size of the tank they will need. If this is your first time with an aquarium, it may be a good idea to start with a 10 or 20 gallon aquarium setup for now and stock it with some smaller and hardier species.