Now that you know the dos and don’ts that go along with your child’s first fish tank, it’s time to set it up. Follow these steps for success:
Choose the right fish.
There are some fish out there that just aren’t kid friendly. You want to choose ones that are not only easy to maintain but also not aggressive.
We’ve got 5 great ideas below.
Select your equipment.
Besides the fish, a tank, and water, there are several other things you’re going to want to have with you when you set up the tank.
A filter, some gravel, a top or cover, a towel, food, and a heater (depending on the fish), are all things to consider.
Cycle your tank.
You’ll need to cycle your tank (run the tank without fish) when you first set it up to establish a bacteria bed in your biological filter to remove the toxins the fish create.
For a closer look at how to cycle your tank properly, check out this video
The process is something you need to see and hear explained to fully understand it. You’ll typically want to cycle your fish for at least a day before adding any fish.
Unpack and release your fish.
When your tank has been properly set up, it’s time to release the fish. Before you bring the fish home you want to double check the water temperature and levels to make sure it’s ready for the fish.
When you get the fish home, pour the bag over a net with a bucket underneath it. You don’t want to empty the bag with the water inside into your tank. Carefully release the fish in the net into your tank.
Easy weekly and monthly maintenance.
Keeping up with tank maintenance will keep your fish healthy and living longer. Weekly you’ll want to remove any algae and use a gravel vacuum to get any waste at the bottom of the tank. Every two weeks you should test the pH level, ammonia, and nitrates. Monthly tasks include changing 25% of the water and testing the hardness of the water.
Fish like to be fed every day just like we do. The number of times you’ll need to feed the fish will depend on the type of fish. Every day you’ll also want to take a look to make sure the filters and heater are working properly.