How to Set Up a Home Aquarium – A Beginner’s Guide

You might be interested in setting up an aquarium at home or at your office. An aquarium can be incredibly interesting in terms of both decor and amusement. A new aquarium will provide a focal point in any room. In addition, keeping fish can be a relaxing and enjoyable hobby. There are many reasons why people become interested in setting up a home aquarium.However, it is very disheartening when the fish suddenly die. If you have small children, they can become very upset. Even adults who own fish that die become upset at their demise. Even worse, the aquarium is then left to gather dust in the room or in a corner of the basement. Rather than going through a series of disappointments, it is important to learn how to set up a home aquarium properly. This way, you will never have to deal with the disappointments that can arise from improper aquarium set-up.The first and most important factor you should keep in mind when setting up a new aquarium is the location. Make sure you pick the right spot for your aquarium even before you set it up. Otherwise, it can be a real hassle to have to move an aquarium that is fully set up.

When choosing a location for your new aquarium, make sure you place the tank away from open windows. Too much sunlight can cause algal bloom. This in turn decreases the oxygen in the aquarium, which can be very unhealthy for your fish.

Place your new aquarium away from air vents and direct heat. Direct heat will cause the temperature in you aquarium to rise, which can cause diseases in some fish.

Make sure that the aquarium is placed on even ground, since an uneven setting can be very harmful. In addition, check that your floor is strong enough to hold the aquarium. One gallon of water weighs about nine pounds, so a fifty gallon fish tank can weight up to 500 pounds. If your aquarium is a very large one, place it on a sturdy beam. A weak setting can cause your floor to sag, or the aquarium to shatter through the floor.

For more tips about setting up your new aquarium, see part two of this series.