Setting up your first aquarium can be intimidating. There are so many options to consider from choosing equipment to selecting healthy and compatible fish. But whether you dream of a full marine reef tank or just a simple freshwater community aquarium you’ll find everything you need to know about aquarium setup in our handy guides and articles.
First, you may wish to check out our aquarium basics guide. There you’ll learn the fundamentals such as selecting a tank that’s right for your needs and finding an appropriate place for it. Then you’ll be ready to start learning, step by step, everything you need to know to successfully setup your first freshwater or saltwater aquarium. Everything is covered from picking and setting up equipment to properly introducing the first life into your aquarium.
Finally, head on over to the blog section to read the latest articles covering a range of topics related to the setup and maintenance of your new aquarium. And check back regularly as new content is always being added.
A Basic Overview Of Aquarium Setup
Once you have a good idea of what it is you wish to keep and are ready to begin putting your tank together the process is pretty straightforward. Setting up your first aquarium can be broken down into a few simple steps:
• choose an appropriately sized aquarium (all)
• find a good location to set up your aquarium (all)
• maintain your aquarium (freshwater | saltwater)
What Is An Aquarium?
An aquarium at it’s simplest is just a box. It can hold water and ideally is constructed from a transparent material to provide a clear view of what’s inside. Aquariums today come in a wide array of different shapes and sizes and can have a number of additional features such as built in filtration or lighting.
An aquarium setup can be as simple as a bucket of water or as complex as the space shuttle. Well, maybe not quite that bad, but close! More typically, an average setup will include a few pieces of equipment to maintain the water quality, such as a filter and heater, and a light to enable viewing of the tank’s inhabitants. Decorative items of some sort are usually employed inside the tank to improve the aquarium’s aesthetics as well.