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Taking Care of a Goldfish and Setting up a Fish Tank

Updated on August 6, 2015

What I Need to Set up a Fish Tank

* Fish tank

* Thermometer

* Filter

* Charcoal

* Heater

* Bottle of water purifier to remove chlorine and other harmful chemicals

* Whatever decorative things you want to add like gravel, plants, ships, ext.

Setting up a Fish Tank

It's always enjoyable adding a new pet to your family. One of the most common is a goldfish, they are very hardy fish and quite easy to take care of. The main thing to know about goldfish is you cannot put any other fish with them except for a algae eater. The reasoning for this is that goldfish create very potent urine and it will kill other fish if you put them together.

Goldfish will get really big if you have a big enough tank. Some people are intimidated to get fish usually because they've had a bad experience, usually meaning the fish dies. This can still happen because some fish are just not in good shape by the time they get to the store.

The majority of the time the reason a fish dies is the fish tank was not properly set up. You can not skip steps when setting up a tank, if you do you can almost guarantee your fish will die.

What to Know About Fish Tanks

It is not nearly as hard as people think to set up a fish tank. You can buy any sized fish tank, it's not any harder to take care of a large one verses a small one. Before adding your gravel, make sure to rinse it off in a strainer. If you don't it will make it very cloudy. Now put your gravel into the bottom of the tank. Add any decorative things you want. Any plants should wait until after you fill your tank with water, they'll just float if you don't.

Now fill your tank with tap water and add your water purifier. It will tell you on the bottle how much to put in depending upon how much water is in your tank. Now add your plants and put your filter on your tank. There are several varieties of filters and they are not hard, just read the directions that come with it. In your inserts for your filter you want to put as much charcoal as you can into them. This will make your water crystal clear. Before you put it into your filter rinse it with warm water.

At this point turn your filter on and let it run for 3-4 days without disturbing it. Now you're ready for your goldfish. BEFORE buying it, put your heater in your tank and set it at about 68 degrees. Watch your thermometer to make sure the temperature is stable.

Now your tank is ready for fish. Make sure not to over feed your fish, only feed them once a day ! This is the biggest mistake people make. The more food you give fish the more waste they create which if the levels of ammonia rise to quickly it will kill your fish.

Change your filters once a month and do a water change once a month. For your water change just take out 2-3 inches of water from your tank and add water back to your tank from the tap. Add a couple drops of your water purifier.


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      Deborah 6 years ago from Italy

      I'm glad you enjoyed it and found it useful Reena J. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Reena J 6 years ago

      Debo, thanks for this. i have goldfish and it is really good to make alterations with my fish tank...