Aquarium setup - instructions for beginners

When setting up an aquarium, it's a great way to lay the groundwork to make the job easier. If you have done everything right during setup, you will need to change your water a lot less often and have less problems with your pelvis. Here are some important tips and examples on how to set up a great pool as a beginner or beginner.

Set up a new aquarium step by step

Here is a guide on how to set up a new aquarium or complete system. Since every aquarist has different furnishing wishes with his own pool, we leave out an exact material list.

1. Check items

First, you should check if the pelvis is completely tight. A rubber mat for aquariums should be placed in advance to create a tension compensation. If the pool does not lose water overnight, you can continue with the setup.

Even with a complete aquarium parts may be defective. It would be annoying if you notice this only after the establishment. The lighting should have not only a plug, but also a switch if possible. You should also pair a timer with it.

The pump must never be tested without water. If the basin is not yet set up, the pump should therefore be checked in a large bucket or, if necessary, the bathtub. Even the standard heating rods must not be operated without water. Only when all parts really work, you should start with the setup.

2. Connect devices

After testing, the water should of course be completely removed, so you can set up the pool. Pumps that are installed in the pool usually have several suction cups, which serve as a holder. These should be moistened and pressed first on the appliance and then on the rear pane.

The heating rod usually also suction cups are present that need to be moistened. A thermometer should be glued to the outside of the window. In a digital thermometer, a sensor is usually led into the pool with a cable. Please note the instructions. The lighting is usually already permanently installed in the lid in a complete system. Otherwise, it should of course also be assembled according to instructions.

3. Introduce soil

An aquarium without plants needs a different substrate than a richly planted tank. Before purchasing gravel and substrate, check the instructions for which environmental conditions are required.

If you want a beautifully overgrown aquarium, you should first distribute a ready mix of ground soil with incorporated plant fertilizer on the ground and only then pour the gravel in the desired color. The gravel should be washed in advance with clear water.

The finer the gravel is selected, the more work you will have later on with mulch and the cleaning of the soil layer. With a Mulchsauger you can easily keep some coarser gravel clean. A size of 3 to 5 millimeters is ideal for the top layer.

4. Fill in water

So that your new ground does not jumble, you should put a deep dinner plate or something similar in the basin and let it run in slowly over the water. Unfortunately, you also have to bring in the plants and the decoration afterwards, as otherwise the water undermines and confuses everything again.

5. Use plants

If the pool is at least half full of water, you can use the plants. Depending on how warm the water is in the pool and which path the plants have left behind, you should allow them a warm-up phase outside the water. Otherwise, plants sent by post often get a temperature shock.

Work with your hands, but wash them thoroughly first and rinse well with clean water. Once you have hand cream or soap in your pelvis, you need a long time until the water levels are reasonable again for animals.

Tall plants should be placed in groups of three on the back wall and to the side. Before then half-height plants come into the basin. It is always visually beautiful when the planting describes a semicircle, so to speak, and recedes significantly in the middle of the pelvis. Here then the decoration can be placed.

6. Decoration

Do not use plastic articles from the household as decoration. You can use porcelain or clay objects calmly after a thorough cleaning with clear water. Many fish prefer a cave as a hiding place. You should already consider such things when setting up.

Wood as a decorative object

Many beginners give wood from the garden as a decorative object in their aquarium. At best, only the water turns brown. However, some species of wood can be used very well in the aquarium. However, they must be pretreated.

Pretreatment of wood from the garden

  • Use dead wood - wood should be as long as possible
  • Remove bark
  • clean thoroughly and brush off
  • Long watering if possible in a rain barrel - about 3 to 6 weeks

Tips & Tricks

Allow the ready-made pool to rest for about two weeks. The plants have the opportunity to settle and are not torn out by the fish. After two weeks, test the water quality more often until it is good enough for the selected fish. Ideal and particularly simple are test strips that display all six important values ​​at once.

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