Investing in a fish tank can be a great way to bring some colour and personality to a room or office. Yet, with the investment comes a variety of responsibilities. Fish tank beginners will likely have a lot of questions they need answered so they know how to set up a good fish tank that is the ideal environment for fish. From water and temperature to light and location, the following tips should help you in getting started with your fish tank.
Many beginners think that tap water is perfectly safe for their freshwater fish. This is not the case. Because most tap water in the Western world is treated with chlorine and other dissolved gases to make it safer for drinking but can be deadly for fish. As such, water needs to be conditioned before you introduce fish into your tank. The easiest way to condition your fish tank water is to let the water stand for a couple of weeks in the tank before you put fish in it. Moreover, you can buy some chemicals from your local pet shot to remove chlorine and other harmful elements from your fish tank water.
Next, you need to consider the temperature of your fish tank. The water should ideally be warmed to somewhere between 23 and 26 degrees Celsius. Most fish live happily in this temperature range but if you’re not sure you can always ask at the pet store. Next, you need to ensure there is either a natural or artificial light source for your fish. They need light to feed and reproduce but you’ll also need light to promote growth of aquarium plants.
Finally, think carefully about the location of your fish tank. You need to ensure adequate light but never put a fish tank in direct sunlight as this can overheat the water. Also, avoid putting your fish tank near anything that can affect water temperature including heaters or air conditioners.