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How to Set Up Your First Fish Tank

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Aimed at complete beginners, the purpose of these articles is to take the worry out of setting up your first aquarium. We will show you how to set up the aquarium. It is important to realize that there are choices to be made at each stage, as the products available vary around the world.

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Setting up an aquarium fish tank

However, the principles of setting up and operating remain the same. This is particularly important when it comes to the filtration and lighting sections, as electrical safety standards and their implementation differ from country to country and this will affect the products available. We demonstrate a setup that takes into account ease of operation and cost efficiency so that even children on a small weekly allowance should be able to keep fish.

In the second part we discuss the alternative equipment, plants, and fish, and examine what happens when you put everything together. We suggest that you read the articles through first before you buy any equipment so that you have a good understanding of what you need, where to put it, how it goes together, and where you can buy it.

Finding a reliable aquatic retailer is the key. What you need is a dedicated aquatic outlet. Look at several before you pick one. Listen to the advice you are offered and look at the health of the livestock.

See how long people stay in the stop; fishkeepers are notorious for spending several hours in a good establishment looking around and talking with the staff. Everyone has to start somewhere and a good aquatic dealer will be aware that novices are potential customers for a long time if they are treated properly. Visit the shop when it is quiet, say during the week or when it first opens in the morning, so that the retailer can guide you through the products to determine which ones are right for your needs.

When you come to buy your tropical freshwater fish, do not be put off if the retailer will not sell you a certain creature because it grows too large, has a bad temper, will not agree with your other fish, or is difficult to feed.

Your next task is to put your purchases together to create your aquarium. Over the next pages, we will take you through the process step by step. Take your time over this; it is not a race. The aim is to complete each step successfully so that by the end, you will have a fully working aquarium to the house and display tropical freshwater fish and plants in a healthy and attractive environment. Above all, enjoy your first venture into this fascinating hobby.

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