Saturday, April 14, 2007

Fishy Business

Fishy Business (Part1)

I've had my new Aquarium for almost 5 months now. This is the third and is probably the best I've had. Its a Chinese Kit that comes with a built in overhead filter level and lower stand and cabinet. By now I've learnt a lot about ideal water temperature, Nitrogen and Ammonia levels and disease control. This is the first part in a new series on Aquariums and how to care for your fish.

Hope you find this information helpful.

Basic Tank Setup.

I wont be going into detail about the actual tank or tank designs. Cleaning a new tank is very important, gently wash the insides with water and wipe dry. If you'd like you could add some salt and Potassium Permanganate to the wash water. Be sure to clean thoroughly and remove any traces of stickers or glue. Now you can start work setting up the aquarium. First and foremost is the bottom layer. If you're not thinking about growing aquatic plants, a basic gravel layer would suffice. Spread the gravel evenly and let it slope gently towards the rear of the tank. This is to facilitate sedmentation of waste at the rear of the tank. Before you install any caves or ornaments install the plumbing necessary for the air pump and the filter. When keeping tropical fish, care must be taken to maintain an ideal aquarium water temperature. For most fish this is around 26'-28' Celcius (78-82 F). The heater must be positioned near the inlet of the water pump so that the heated water gets circulated in the tank.

I've added a small diagram below that roughly illustrates my aquarium setup.This is the first post in my Aquarium series. Keeping watching this space for more information in the coming weeks.

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