Things to consider when planning to set-up a fish tank or aquarium

Before plunging into an undertaking of setting up a fish tank and eventually fill it with fishes that come in different shapes, colors and sizes you may consider the following:

See to it that you have enough time to tend to your fishes, from cleaning to feeding to giving them medicinal treatment whenever one becomes sick and ill. These creatures have life too and could’ve cost you some of your hard-earned money and if you are not responsible enough to take good care of them then kiss your plan on setting up an aquarium goodbye.

See to it that you have enough resources to buy all the things you need. Setting up a fish tank is no joke and may force you to spend a good sum of money. You will need a lot of things like filters, decorations, lighting fixtures, medicines and among others that may hurt your daily budget.

A simple aquarium tank with easy to find pet fishes (red cap, hammerhead)...  The fish tank has a wallpaper background, stones and a filter. This kind of aquarium is perfect for beginners.
A simple aquarium tank with easy to find pet fishes (red cap, hammerhead)... The fish tank has a wallpaper background, stones and a filter. This kind of aquarium is perfect for beginners. | Source

My wish list

I yearn to have an aquarium that is teeming with interesting, friendly and colorful fishes. If given the chance to set up a 100-gallon fish tank I will placed on lots of live plants, snails and fishes such as neon tetras (12 pieces), cardinal tetras (8 pieces), blue lily gouramis (4 pieces), dwarf gouramis (4 pieces), small angel fishes (4 pieces), rasboras (12 pieces), small glass catfishes, algae eaters (4 pieces), bala sharks (4 pieces) and Bolivian ramerezi (4 pieces).

Once you decided to buy a fish tank:

  • You should set-up first the fish tank then place the pet fishes later. You may place the filters, sand, stones, decoration and plants first allow them to settle in after few days (3 to 7 days).
  • If you plan to have plants in your fish tank refrain from buying pet fish that will snip and gobble them up like silver dollars, carps and among others.Consider the type of fishes that you are going to place in the fish tank. Very small fishes may end up eaten by their bigger companions. Even a very friendly goldfish may end up eating your cute neon tetras one at a time. See to it that your fishes have almost the same length and sizes. You also need to know the level of aggressiveness of the fishes you are yearning to have. Keep in mind that there are hostile, carnivorous and/or territorial fishes like the cichlids, oscars, knife fish and paradise gouramis to name a few. A goldfish will end up as a wholesome meal when mixed with a knife fish or an Oscar.

Here you have it folks I hope this helps in a way.

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A very artistic aquarium which is perfect for my wish list hehehe... I hope I create an aquarium which is as beautiful as this...
A very artistic aquarium which is perfect for my wish list hehehe... I hope I create an aquarium which is as beautiful as this...

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Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

A good summary and a great way to start an aquarium by knowing what kind of fish you'll get first. One word of caution about your snails on your wish, though. Snails are a delicacy for some fish (in fact, probably, most). I made the mistake of putting some beautiful snails in a large tank I had. Two days later, my fish had eaten them. I was heartbroken. I think you have to be careful on the size of the snails and the size of the fish.

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