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10 Tips for Aquarium Success

Only use water to rinse out your new aquarium, equipment and accessories – do not use soap or detergents.

Never add aquarium gravel before rinsing and draining it first. Dust from the gravel may cause the water in your tank to get cloudy.

Make sure the water level is within one inch below the lip of the filter. A shallow tank – not enough water in the aquarium - may prevent the filter from working properly. And be sure to add AquaSafe® to condition the water according to the product directions.

Remember to change your AQUA-Tech® or Whisper® Power Filter carbon cartridge every two to four weeks. The power filter is an important part of your aquarium. It cleans the water by filtering out odors, dirt and debris. It also works like a waterfall to add the oxygen that fish need to the water. The health of your fish depends on it.

Be patient. Waiting to add fish to your tank after you’ve set it up and added water can be hard, especially for children. If you wait the recommended 24 hours before adding fish you will be much happier with the results.

DO NOT add all of the fish all at once. A newly set up aquarium cannot safely support a full tank of fish. Don’t overcrowd your tank. Follow the one inch of fish to one gallon of water rule. Too many fish can cause excess waste and an unhealthy environment for your fish.

The aquarium light is an important part of the aquarium set up and the life of your fish. Use a light timer to help turn on the aquarium light in the morning and turn it off in the evening to replicate day and night cycles. Most species of fish need light for approximately 10-12 hours a day.

Be sure the water temperature remains constant. Big changes in water temperature can stress your fish.

Feed your fish regularly, 2-3 times each day, but only as much food as they can eat in several minutes. Be careful not to overfeed your fish or the excess waste in the water could become harmful to them.
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10 Tips for Aquarium Success

Only use water to rinse out your new aquarium, equipment and accessories – do not use soap or detergents.

Never add aquarium gravel before rinsing and draining it first. Dust from the gravel may cause the water in your tank to get cloudy.

Make sure the water level is within one inch below the lip of the filter. A shallow tank – not enough water in the aquarium - may prevent the filter from working properly. And be sure to add AquaSafe® to condition the water according to the product directions.

Remember to change your AQUA-Tech® or Whisper® Power Filter carbon cartridge every two to four weeks. The power filter is an important part of your aquarium. It cleans the water by filtering out odors, dirt and debris. It also works like a waterfall to add the oxygen that fish need to the water. The health of your fish depends on it.

Be patient. Waiting to add fish to your tank after you’ve set it up and added water can be hard, especially for children. If you wait the recommended 24 hours before adding fish you will be much happier with the results.

DO NOT add all of the fish all at once. A newly set up aquarium cannot safely support a full tank of fish. Don’t overcrowd your tank. Follow the one inch of fish to one gallon of water rule. Too many fish can cause excess waste and an unhealthy environment for your fish.

The aquarium light is an important part of the aquarium set up and the life of your fish. Use a light timer to help turn on the aquarium light in the morning and turn it off in the evening to replicate day and night cycles. Most species of fish need light for approximately 10-12 hours a day.

Be sure the water temperature remains constant. Big changes in water temperature can stress your fish.

Feed your fish regularly, 2-3 times each day, but only as much food as they can eat in several minutes. Be careful not to overfeed your fish or the excess waste in the water could become harmful to them.

I disagree with a lot of these tips. Just want to point out a few problems here.

The inch of fish per rule is a very old rule and very flawed. You have to take into consideration the overall size of the fish, the metabolism of the fish and how much waste the fish produces.

Waiting 24 hours really isnt enough time either. You would want to cycle the filter as per fishless cycling to have healthier inhabitants who live longer.

Sometimes with longer lighting periods you end up with algae. Therefore, if unplanted its suggested for eight hours. If you add plants you can increase the period, but keep an eye out for algae.

Filters are not always power filters. Some people use canisters. I have my water up right under the rim of the tank. Even on the one tank with a HOB type, I have my water up. I dont like the noise of the splashing.

Never change out a filter pad without having another already seeded. Most people rinse them in a bucket of tank water. All my pads are so used they are falling apart, but they hold tons of beneficial bacteria so tossing them without having another seeded will cause a crash in your tank, potentially killing fish.

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Re: Tips for Aquarium

Very informative. I use the one inch of fish per gallon, didn't realize it was "old school". I agree about the water level, I have used Whisper filters for years (they never die) and I keep my water level up to the top of tank, they make a lot of noise when the water level is lower.
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Re: Tips for Aquarium

Personally, I enjoy the sound of water splashing. I use HOB filters on every tank. The 40b, and 55g have 2 large HOB. The 10 has 3 so I always have a seeded filter incase of emergency. The 2 five gallons only have one HOB, but they only have a bettaautolinker.com autolinking image apiece. I believe it would be hard to over filter.

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Re: Tips for Aquarium

Hello John...

A few things I noticed are below:

There are eco-friendly soaps you can use. You just need to rinse well after using them. They're good tank cleaners.

Seachem's "Safe" is a much better water treatment.

The Whisper filter needs to be serviced weekly.

Wait a couple of days to add fish, after the tank has been properly set up and planted. The "fish in" cycling process is efficient and no problem for the fish, if you use the right fish and monitor the tank water carefully.

Feeding daily is really enough. Just feed a variety and keep the water clear of dissolved wastes by removing and replacing at least 50 percent weekly.

Just a couple of thoughts. Thanks for the list.

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