A fresh water aquarium is an ideal way to bring colorful aquatic life in your home. Watching fish swim, feed and interact is not only relaxing, entertaining and educational for everyone on your home. Advances in technology have streamlined aquarium equipment and care in a way that makes the hobby easier and more affordable than ever before. If you love to have a beautiful fish aquarium but aren’t sure how to begin, in this post, I will share tips on how to set up a 20-gallon fresh water aquarium.
To get started, locate the aquarium in a suitable location away from direct sunlight and drafty rooms. Rinse your aquarium or clean it out with the damp cloth. Add a background to mask the side that will be hanging on the back of the aquarium. It also adds the depth and the backdrop for your plants and fish. Now you can add your gravel or substrate. But rinse it first with clean water to remove fine particles and dust. If you would be adding live plants, you may use the appropriate substrate.
Fill your aquarium with about one third full water. It helps place the small plate over the substrate when adding water to prevent gravel displacement. Add plants and decorations to your taste. I would use aquarium artificial plant grass and drift wood in the aquarium. Be sure to leave plenty of swimming room to your fish.
Fill the aquarium about three quarters full and install the heater. Make sure the suction cups are firmly in place. Next add your thermometer. Mount it on the opposite side of the heater. Fill the remainder of the aquarium with water and add the chlorine remover. Now add the filter. You may use a hood filter pump and light combination that is very easy to install. Plug the equipment to the outlet. Make sure your cords have dripped loops. Allow 24 hours for the water temperature to stabilize.
Now it is the time to cycle the aquarium by adding a biological additive and a few hardy fish. Wait 24 hours for the system to cycle. And then test for ammonia and nitrite. Test your water daily. The cycling process can take up to two weeks. When the levels of ammonia and nitrite are at zero, you can begin adding a few fish at a time.
Once you’ve established your aquarium, it is important to perform regular water testing and water changing as part of your aquarium maintenance.