New Freshwater Aquarium -
There is no feeling like that of being able to get a new freshwater aquarium setup! There are so many things to consider. In this blog post we are hoping to focus on helping new hobbyists get into setting up a new freshwater aquarium. We won't cover any saltwater topics in this post.
Things to consider first -
Fish, like all living creatures, need some basics to survive plus a few extra things to make them thrive. A healthy tank can be maintained for about 1 hour per week, not much labor considering what other pets sometimes require. In addition, fish can be a peaceful thing to sit and relax next to, so consider tank placement. You will need a power outlet nearby and it will need to be a flat floor or surface.
Your aquarium should be placed in an area that does not have drastic temperature changes. Sunlight can be a nuisance since it helps algae grow quickly so keeping your tank out of direct light would be best in the long-run. To keep a healthy aquarium, you must literally play the role of Nature. A tank is a container of water that without maintenance will get old and "worn out" leading to lack of colors and life in the tank.
There is a balance and it all starts with the water. Consider your water source. We would recommend taking your water to the local fish store to have it tested. They can tell you the levels of the important readings so you can make sure it is water that you can use in your tank. You might need to use a dechlorinator if you have harsh tap water.
Another thing to consider is budget. Depending on the size, the cost can change wildly. If you have the space and a good starting budget, a 55 gallon tank should be a minimum size tank to start with. Larger tanks are usually easier to maintain. Here is a nice checklist for some of the basics: