a Freshwater Aquarium
Susan Horton, DVM
1- Set up the aquarium:
Adjust the water temperature to 76-80 degrees. Make
sure it stays in this area for 24 hours.
De-chlorinate and condition the water with chemicals
Confirm that all equipment is running correctly by
letting the filter run for 24 hours.
10-12 add started fish:
Limit fish purchases. 1-2 fish per 10 gallons every
Choose hardy fish.
Add live plants (optional).
Do not feed the same day fish are purchased.
Begin light feedings. Feed every other day, once a
day for the first month.
Observe fish for stress (rapid breathing, lethargy,
Recommended water change, 1/3 water change with a
Purchase new fish (optional) using a ratio of 1-2
fish per 10 gallons.
As you enjoy watching your new pets, look out for
signs of illness.
Observe fish daily for signs of stress or illness.
Have water tested at least once a month
30 cleaning (Refer to our free how to clean sheet):
Do 1/3 water change with a gravel cleaner.
Change filter cartridges.
Have water tested one week after this water change.
first 4-6 weeks a tank is set up is when most people experience
problems. This sheet is designed to help you get through this
period. By following the above steps you should do great!