If you’re thinking of adopting a pet that requires minimal supervision, an aquarium may be what you’re looking for! Here are a few things to consider when creating an underwater oasis for your home.
Decide if you want a freshwater or saltwater tank. Beginners should start with freshwater, since they are easier to maintain.
Rinse the tank, gravel, and décor with water. Position the tank on a sturdy base, close to an electrical outlet, avoiding direct sunlight. Fill the bottom with at least two inches of gravel.
Water and filtration
Fill the tank with water and add a dechlorinator following the instructions on the packaging. Install the right filter for the tank size. Then, begin the cycling process, testing the water weekly until it achieves the proper pH balance.
Acclimate your fish to their new tank by letting the bag they come in float in the water for 15 minutes. Every few minutes, open the bag, add aquarium water, and reseal until the bag is full to ensure a smooth transition. Use a net to transfer your fish from the bag to the aquarium and dispose of the bag of water. Monitor your new fish for any changes in behavior.