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Tropical aquarium keeping has become
one of the most popular UK hobbies since the arrival of the paradise fish in the late 1800s! In those days,
tropical aquariums were the preserve of the elite and accessories were somewhat basic, with the temperature of
aquariums regulated by a naked flame! Fortunately, we have come on in leaps and bounds with brands such as Eheim,
Fluval and Biorb manufacturing a plethora of accessories for tropical fish tanks - from air pumps to ph testing
kits, filters to protein skimmers - and what's more, you can find them all here, along with a superb range of
aquariums, all at unbeatable prices!
Setting Up The TankUSA Directory
Setting up your first tropical fish
tank is quite simple. We have a range of beginner's aquarium sets which come complete with heater, filter, air
pump, light and substrate - all you need to set up your first aquarium and get going - with easy to follow
The first thing you will need to
consider is the aquarium's location in your home. Tropical fish tanks need to be somewhere where the temperature is
fairly constant, ideally not in a drafty spot and definitely not next to a radiator. Light will also be an issue.
Excessive direct natural light could cause algae problems in the aquarium and should be avoided. Some species of
fish are noise-sensitive. Many tropical tanks are kept in living rooms but do be aware, some fish are not as keen
on home cinema systems as us which may mean you see little of them!
Once you have decided where the
aquarium is to go and set up the apparatus according to the instructions (please do ensure you have the aquarium in
position before filling it with water as it may be impossible to move afterwards!) you will need to 'cycle' the
aquarium. Many beginners skip this step and proceed to fill their aquarium with fish. This can be a very unpleasant
and expensive mistake - easily avoided but hard to remedy.
Cycling the Tank
We recommend fishless cycling. The
procedure may seem daunting but is really very straightforward. It just requires a basic understanding of the
nitrogen cycle, and a ph, nitrite and nitrate test kit.
Animal waste, plants and decaying
food, create nitrogen which turns into ammonia. Ammonia is highly toxic to fish. Good bacteria turns ammonia into
nitrites and then nitrates. Nitrites and nitrates are also harmful to fish, but nitrates are absorbed by live
aquarium plants, completing the cycle.
Good bacteria are present in high
numbers in the filter media of a healthy tropical tank. When you first set up the aquarium the amounts of good
bacteria in there are negligible. If you add fish at this point they will produce ammonia and, as there is not
enough good bacteria to process it, the ammonia will build up in the aquarium and the fish may
You can help the good bacteria in your
aquarium get off to a flying start by adding a handful of gravel from an established tank. Take care to ensure that
the fish in the aquarium the gravel comes from are healthy, otherwise you could also be introducing disease. Filter
media from a healthy cycled aquarium will be the quickest way to build up good bacteria in your new tropical fish
tank, but if you cannot get hold of either the gravel or media, it is perfectly ok to start from scratch. Good
bacteria are everywhere and once you have an ammonia source in your aquarium, the good bacteria will establish a
colony in your filter. It will just take a little bit longer.
To begin, fill up your aquarium (be
sure to add a dechlorinator as chlorine is harmful to fish) and turn on the equipment, including the filter, any
air stones and setting the temperature to 80 degrees.
Now, you need to start off the ammonia
cycle. You can do this by dropping a few flakes of fish food into the aquarium every twelve
During the aquarium cycling process,
ammonia levels will rise, eventually quite sharply. Once they have spiked, they will trail off. Nitrites will then
begin to rise. Again these will spike, and trail off. Nitrates then begin to rise. Once nitrates are being
produced, the aquarium has cycled and you have developed a bed of good bacteria in your aquarium.
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