ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Setting Up Fish Tanks: What You Need to Know

Updated on April 19, 2018

Setting Up Fish Tanks: What You Need to Know

Setting up a fish tank is a great way to add a refreshing look to your home. Usually installed in living rooms and bedrooms, a beautifully-lit fish tank can promote a relaxing vibe in any space, big or small. Some say that having a fish tank in the house can lower your blood pressure. Apart from wellness reasons, fish tanks are always a delight to look at, especially if the tanks are big and there are a lot fishes swimming inside.

If you are planning to buy and set up a fish tank in your home or office, here are some factors to consider:

What kind of fish are you planning to get?

Fish are classified into two kinds: freshwater and saltwater. All the other decisions you will make regarding your fish tank will depend on this question. Freshwater aquariums will require different equipment from saltwater aquariums. So it will greatly help if you already have some fish species in mind. Freshwater fish are a lot easier to take care of, but saltwater fish are the ones that are usually more beautiful and exotic.

How much time and money are you willing to spend on your fish tank?

Some are contented enough to put fish in bowls or small aquariums while others prefer to have huge fish tanks. Hobbyists will not mind spending huge sums of money just to have a big aquarium filled with all the fish varieties they want. Keep in mind that bigger tanks are naturally harder to maintain than smaller ones. If you are planning to have a saltwater tank, then you will need to invest more time and money.

Where do you plan to put the tank?

The size of the tank you will get will depend on the available space in your room. Aside from space, you also need to consider the weight of the tank you are planning to buy. If you are getting a big tank, make sure that your floors can support its weight.

Setting up fish tanks can become quite tricky especially since fishes are very sensitive when they are out of their natural habitat. Many fish tank owners ended up having dead fish in a matter of weeks just because they do not know how to take care of certain fish species correctly. Fish keeping can be a bit overwhelming at first, but once you finish setting up your aquarium and you seen your fishes swimming happily inside, all your efforts will be definitely worth it.

First, you need to get the basic equipment. Choose the size and shape of the fish tank. The bigger the tank, the more expensive the maintenance costs. If this is your first time, then you might want to start with a 10-gallon tank, which you can purchase, complete with the basic kit. You can find the set for less than USD 30.00 if you know where to look. Pet shops usually sell the tanks in package deals – you also get the basic equipment such as oxygen motor, filters and heaters.

Image courtesy of
Image courtesy of
Image courtesy of
Image courtesy of
Image courtesy of
Image courtesy of

Your fish tank should be positioned near electrical outlets. It would help if you buy a separate outlet for the aquarium alone, which you will just plug to the main outlet in the room. Also, the tank should be placed in a spot where there is no direct sunlight, because this can affect the temperature of the water.

After you have cleaned the tank, you need to add the basic accessories. This is also the time to put in the background picture for your tank. When that is finished, then you can fill the tank with water, halfway first. As you pour the water, make sure that there are no leaks in the glass.

Make sure to invest on some decorations for your tank. The aquarium should somehow resemble the natural habitat of the fish. Put plants, seaweed and rocks in the tank. This will make the fish very comfortable inside the tank. It will also make your tank look more beautiful from the outside.

Check if all the electrical equipment in your tank is working perfectly. Temperatures should be adjusted carefully, since it can affect the general condition of the fish. Make sure that the filter is functioning well. The filter is the one that will gather all the bacteria inside the fish tank.

Adding the fish to tank is the really fun part. Before you do this, consult with pet shops first regarding the needs and behavior of the fish varieties that you are interested in. There are fishes that you cannot put in the same tank together; one will end up killing the other. Very small fishes cannot usually co-exist with bigger fishes, unless you intend to let the latter eat the small ones. There are species that require more room and there are some who do not mind sharing cramped spaces inside fish tanks.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)