How To Setup A Freshwater Aquarium

If you are anything like me, you want company while not being irritated by loud-mouthed people. On top of that, research shows that loneliness is more harmful than doing drugs. Yes, that’s a pickle right there. However, the answer is simple enough.  In this article, we show you how to setup a freshwater aquarium.

An aquarium full of fishes will keep you company without being a bother to you. But such a wide range of aquariums and fishes is undoubtedly overwhelming. How will you decide what aquarium to choose for what fish? Feels like your head will explode?

Are you given up on the chance of acquiring a company? Do you think you will die alone?  Well, fear not, I am here to hold your hand through this process. We will guide you through five easy steps that will allow us to learn how to set up a freshwater aquarium.

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Firstly, choose the place of your setup for the freshwater aquarium wisely. Leave at least a 6-inch gap between the wall and your aquarium. This gap will be used for setting up the filter. You do not want a dirty company now, do you? Secondly, you would want to make sure that the stand is level.

A crooked stand can cause more trouble than you think. Lastly, keep in mind that you will need to take everything apart if you want to move your aquarium. So, setting up your aquarium in a more permanent place is recommended.



 For the next step, you need to add gravel into your aquarium. Gravel is the tiny pieces of stones you usually see at the bottom of aquariums.  Gravel is very much necessary for the growth of beneficial bacteria. The bacteria create a safe environment for your fish to live. I am sure you would want your company to be comfy.

Before adding the gravel, you need to clean it thoroughly with clean water. The gravel will easily get displaced when start to add water. That is why you need to place a clean plate on top of the gravel.

This will stop the gravel from being displaced. Lastly, you need to check if your tap water contains chlorine. If yes you need to add Chlorine Neutralizer to nullify the chlorine.



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This step will have you set up the necessary equipment for your fishes. Remember that 6-inch gap? You need to set up the power filter right there. Secondly, you need to attach the thermometer.

Make sure to place the thermometer somewhere you can quickly check it. Lastly and most importantly, you must add the heater. You will need to attach the heater underwater and near the filter. You would not want your company to get cold and blue.



clean fish tank

In this step, there is much room for freedom. However, my general guideline will help decorate while maintaining a healthy environment for your fishes.

Firstly, before placing your decorative plants, you must clean them properly. Place the foreground and background plants into the aquarium. Then you must add driftwood to your aquarium.

This driftwood will help maintain the ecosystem within the aquarium and keep the harmful bacteria away. After this, you can add accent and individual stones to your liking.

Now finally you will be able to add water to your aquarium. After adding water, you must plug in the filter and the heater. You need to wait 24 hours for the temperature of the water to become stable.

It is essential that you cannot add your fishes before this. Fishes frequently die because of temperature issues. You do not want their death on your conscious, trust me.



fish tank

This is one of the essential steps of knowing how to setup a freshwater aquarium. Your tank is presently spotless, in the correct position, and level. Currently, it is an ideal opportunity to set up your Substrate and includes the water.

 The sort of Substrate you pick is down to your inclinations, however, will some of the time be dictated by the kind of fish and plants you need to keep. For instance, a ton of Catfish needs a sandy substrate.

 The measure of Substrate you need relies upon how thick you need it. A decent general guideline to follow is 1lb of Substrate per gallon of water; this will be sufficient to make a 1-inch thick bed. On the off chance that you need it thicker, 2lbs per gallon will make a 2 inches bed of Substrate.

Here are the amounts of the substance you need in different amounts of water:

Aquarium Size in Gallons lbs of Substrate Needed
10 Gallon 10-20
20 Gallon 20-40
40 Gallon 40-80
50 Gallon 50-100
75 Gallon 75-150
90 Gallon 90-180
125 Gallon 125-250
150 Gallon 150-300



In this step, you can finally add your acclimating fish into the well-built aquarium you just made. You must make sure not to add the water in which the fishes were shipped in.

It can tamper with the temperature of the water in your aquarium. Worst-case-scenario: your fish dies due to temperature issues. After adding the fish, you need to attach the light and the canopy. For now, your work here is done.

It would be best if you waited at least four weeks. After which you will have to test for ammonia and nitrite. Make sure that the ammonia and nitrite levels are at zero. Now you may add the rest of your fishes. But you must not add all at once. Instead, you need to add a few at a time.


Additional Tips For Knowing How To Setup A Freshwater Tank:

You should always separate your aquarium equipment from the other household appliances. You aquarium equipment should only be used for your aquarium.

  • Never use soap or detergents to clean your aquarium.
  • After cleaning your aquarium make sure there is no leak in it.
  • You need to make sure to set your aquarium in a position where it gets plenty of direct sunlight.
  • You must ensure that the stand of your aquarium is suitable and robust enough.
  • Always ensure that the filter is well-installed before turning it on.



Hopefully, you now know how to setup a freshwater aquarium and keep yourself company. Research shows that maintaining fish can lead to reduced stress levels and a healthier mental state.

Not only that, keeping fish is ornamental and a great way of decorating your home or business venue. Moreover keeping fish is easy and scarcely requires any hard work. So, with so many benefits and so few drawbacks, what are you waiting for?

Get yourself a freshwater aquarium and set it up yourself with the help of this article. For similar items like this, please keep visiting our website.

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