While visiting your friend you couldn’t avoid noticing a beautiful fish tank standing in the living room. You want to have one too? In this freshwater setup article we would like to help you to setup your own freshwater tank, starting with the necessary fish supplies.


First thing before entering the hobby is the need to understand that fish are animals just like a cat or a dog and responsibility comes along, responsibility expressed by the need to perform water changes once a week, feeding the fish on daily basis and spending money on them (food, media, and medicine). Before you purchase an aquarium you should do your homework and make yourself a list of fish that you desire; if you will know what kind of fish you want it will be easy to match a tank. Some fish (small ones) need tiny tank while others can grow to 10-12 inches or even more and will need big tank.


After deciding what size tank for Protomelas Taeniolatus Red Empress fish you will need it is time to think where to place it, you should place it away from windows because you don’t want temperatures and light affect your tank. Sunlight that enters the room can cause to algae problems and affect the temperatures it will be smart to avoid it. It is also recommended to place your tank on a massive stand that will be able to hold the tank weight, to know your total tank weight you just need to multiply gallon tank 10 times, For example 100 gallon tank will weigh 1000 pounds (including water), and 20 gallons tank will weight approximately 200 pounds. Wash out your tank with water only, using chemicals or soap can poison your tank, same thing with your gravel. Be sure to wash it with water only in order to remove dirt, do the same with other decoration such as rocks and fake plants. Now it is time to place your gravel in the tank, after everything stands where it’s supposed to stand it is the right time to fill your tank with water. Place a plate on the gravel while adding water in order to avoid messing the gravel, direct the water flow onto the plate carefully.


The last step before adding fish like Aulonocara Stuartgranti Flametail Peacock is maybe the most frustrating step-waiting till the water is “ready”, in order to success and to setup the tank as it supposed to be you must wait until your tank has cycled before adding any fish, check your tank water with test kits in order to know when the process is done.


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