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Fish Tank Set-up Guide for Dummies

An aquarium fish tank can bring the beauty and splendor of tropical or freshwater fish into your home or office. Now that you have decided on the size and the type of fish tank that you want, whether it is a heated tank or a cold water tank, the first step is to make a purchase. There is a wide range of quality fish tanks you can buy online at affordable pricing, though the price depends on your choice of fish tanks. After you have purchased your fish tank, it is important you learn how to properly set it up.

Things To Consider:

Size of fish tank: The next thing to do is to decide on the size of fish tank you want. You need to ensure that the fish tank is as big as it can be to avoid unnecessary losses and unwanted errors. You can start with a 10, 20 gallon tank or bigger, made of acrylic or glass.

Tools: Some of the tools needed to setup a fish tank include gravel, heater, pump &filter, Lift tubes, air pump, siphon, gang valve, thermometer, net, chlorine reducer, plants, algae scraper etc.

Budget: The cost of setting up an aquarium is between a few hundreds of dollars to a thousand dollar depending on your choice.

Where to buy: You can buy a fishtank online. (Company name) has a wide range of quality fish tanks for sale at great pricing.

Placement & Filling: Having purchased your fish tank, the next thing is to choose a good place to set the tank in your home. Once it is filled, it will be impossible to move without first emptying it. Ensure not to put it directly under the sunlight of a window or a very hot area, as heat makes algae grow faster. This implies, cleaning will be harder and high temperatures can really hurt some fish. Thoroughly wash aquarium gravel, ornaments and rocks with warm water. Add them to your tank. Connect the tools to your tank and fill it about one-third full with a clean room temperature water. Check the temperature and conditions after some hours. Based on the temperature, decide whether to add the fish immediately or not.

Top fish for starters: No one fish can survive in all water conditions. If you have decided to keep a cold water freshwater fish tank, you can buy Bloodfin Tetras, Gold Fish or White Cloud. For heated Freshwater fish tank, go for Betta, Black Molly, Danios, Kuhli Loach, Black Skirt Tetra, Swordtails or Platies. As a beginner, I will suggest you look for fish that are hardy, easy to care for and can get along with others in the tank. Feeds include Freeze-dried and frozen fish foods, tubifex worms, mosquito larvae, bloodworms, water fleas, brine shrimp etc.

Steps to setting up your aquarium

Choose a good place in your home to set up the tank. Ensure the place is not directly under the sunlight of a window or a very hot area, as heat makes algae grow faster and high temperatures can really hurt your fish. Also remember once it is filled, it will be impossible to move without first emptying it.

•        Thoroughly wash the aquarium gravel, ornaments, and rocks with warm water. Add them to your tank.

•        Fill your tank to about one-third full with clean water at room temperature.

•        Connect the airline tubing from the air pump to any air plug-ins in your tank

        Place plants where preferred

•        Secure the submersible water heater close to your water flow and set the thermometer as far from the water heater as is possible

•        Plug in your power filter, air pump, heater, and start them up.

•        Fill up the tank with the remaining water.

•        Check the temperature with thermometer plus the conditions after some hours.

•        Add your ornaments. When everything is in place, install cover and lighting

•        Congratulations!

The Best First Pet For Your Kids – And It’s Not A Puppy!

My kids are at an age where they are starting to ask if we can get a pet. ‘Please mummy we want a puppy dog!’

And I would love to buy them a little puppy. If I wasn’t a single, working mum living in a teeny house with a courtyard, who actually hates dealing with dog poo.

So – I did a little digging and heard out about a cute little pet that’s pretty low maintenance. And, wait for it – it’s a Hermit Crab. Yep, really.

A great first pet

According to India, hermit crabs are low maintenance. “Children can actually successfully look after them, rather than parents having to do everything, which is often the case with dogs and cats.”

Having a little pet like a hermit crab can be a really good learning experience for kids and build empathy too. “Observing and caring for a hermit crab instills a sense of responsibility and children understand that their behavior and actions directly affect others.”

Kids also learn that all living things need more than just food and water for survival, she adds.

How do you look after a hermit crab? 

They are really simple to look after and there are 4 basic items for hermit crab care.

1.       Feed your hermit crab every two to three days

2.       Provide fresh water every two days

3.       Refresh the salt water bath every three days

4.       Make sure their enclosure is between 10-32 degrees

Feeding your hermit crab and providing fresh water will literally take anyone about 60 seconds, making them very easy to care for.

Also, in a win for parents, they create minimal mess and are odourless.

How long do they live for and what can go wrong?

“Their life expectancy can be anything from two to five years”. “Hermit crabs are very sociable animals and the more love, care and attention they receive, the happier they will be and the longer their life span.”

“Like humans, the cold temperatures in winter are when they are most vulnerable, so making sure they are warm is imperative,” she adds.

What kind of equipment and housing do you need for your hermit crab?

“All you need is their ‘habitat’ (enclosure), a food bowl a bowl for fresh water, a pool with salt water so they can have a swim, a little hut for them to climb under and sleep and something for them to climb on and have fun. While there is specially formulated food for them, they also eat most things, making them even easier to look after.”

And – one of their favorite treats is popcorn!

Source: Honey