Having a tropical fish tank at home provides an avenue of fun for the whole family as well as serve as an instrument to teach your children on how to handle pets. If it is your first time to put up a fish tank, it is advisable that you are aware of the proper way of setting up your aquarium starting at purchasing your equipments, deciding the location of the aquarium, loading your tank, putting the accessories in and placing the fish inside the aquarium, then you will have no trouble at all.
First, you must buy a good fish aquarium. A nice size for a tropical fish tank is one that has a capacity of at least 10 to 20 gallons of water. You are in luck if you find one that comes with a full pack which consists of a stand, heater, filter, gravel, and some other decorations. If you cant get a good package, you will have to get it one by one.
When you have the supplies ready, its time to pick an area in the house that you want your fish aquarium positioned. Bear in mind not to place your aquarium next to an open window as problems with algae can occur if your tank is exposed to direct sunlight.
As soon as you have your tropical fish tank in position, fill it up with water which is at room temperature. Fill the aquarium midway with water first then add the gravel before you fill it up fully and add the other decorations that you want to place in the tank.
Assemble your filter and heater. These two are very important in keeping the tank clean and providing your fish the correct water temperature to swim in. Before adding the fish, it is recommended that you allow your fish tank to stabilize with the right temperature first before adding your first fish.
The last step that you need to do is the most exciting part. It is placing the fish to your tropical fish tank. You can allow your children to do it, however you will have to closely oversee them so they wont harm the fishes in any way. To educate little kids to slowly assume responsibilities, it is best that you give them the responsibility of feeding the fishes inside the fish tank. Just make sure you teach them not to over feed the fishes. Your kids will definitely have fun but they also turn out to be responsible owners of the fish.