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How to Setup a New Aquarium

Carefully lift the tank into position on top of the styrofoam, making sure it is square with the base. If undergravel filtration has been chosen, the bottom of the tank should be completely covered with UG plates, assembled according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Depending on the size of the tank, one or more uplifts should

How to Prepare a New Tank

Once the decision to purchase a fish tank has been made, it is easy to get carried away by the excitement, and completely disregard advance planning; and we must stress once again that planning is essential at every stage, not least when it comes to setting up, i.e. installing the tank, equipment and decor chosen

How to Maintain Aquarium Water Quality

Water quality is affected by two main factors: firstly, contaminants (organic and inorganic) which it contains when drawn from the tap, and secondly those which enter it while it is in the aquarium. Both inorganic and organic contaminants are involved. Inorganic contaminants Tap water may contain small quantities of various metallic salts, either naturally or

How to Maintain an Aquarium

Much of the fun in keeping fish is to be found in their regular upkeep, the essential tasks that ensure that they are kept as healthy as possible. By carrying out these tasks according to a regular timetable (such as that provided here), the aquarist can be certain that all important aspects of maintenance are

How to Introduce Fish to Your Aquarium

For most hobbyists the most exciting part of setting up a new aquarium is buying and introducing the fish. Even when the filtration is mature, there is some debate as to whether you should add your fish all at once or in small batches over the ensuing weeks. With freshwater tropicals, if the ‘daily feed’

How to Discover and Combat Illness in Your Aquarium

It is estimated that at least 95% of aquarium ailments are environmental rather than pathogenic, that is, the result of something the aquarist has or has not done, rather than infectious causes. Unfortunately most aquarists find this fact unpalatable and choose to convince themselves otherwise, commonly making an already bad situation worse by misusing medications;

How to Decorate Your Aquarium

Fishes’ surroundings are important to their safety in nature, and to their psychological well-being in captivity. This, and not what you think looks ‘nice’, must be your prime consideration. In the unlikely event that your fish ask you to match the room decor to theirs, then, and only then, will you be justified in asking

How to Choose an Aquarium

The first and most obvious item of aquarium equipment is a tank. These used to be made by fitting panes of glass into angle-iron frames, and were thus restricted to a simple box shape. Nowadays most tanks are made by sticking pieces of glass together with silicone sealant (all-glass construction). Tanks are also moulded from

How to Arrange Lighting for Your Aquarium

Nowadays aquaria are normally illuminated using one or more tubular fluorescent lights, or less commonly – and mainly for marine aquaria – mercury vapour or metal halide lamps. Types of Lighting Fluorescent lighting consists of two parts, the controller and the tube. The former lasts for years, the latter requires replacement from time to time,

How to Adjust Water Chemistry in Aquarium

Few aquarists have tap water which is ideally suited to the fishes they wish to keep. There are however steps that can be taken to modify this to create the correct conditions. Hardening aquarium water is generally a straightforward matter of introducing calcareous (i.e. CaC03-rich) decor materials such as tufa rock and coral sand. There

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