When you are ready to add your fish into the aquarium, you should follow these steps:
Aquarium cycling is the most important part of setting up your freshwater aquarium. You must keep in mind that it takes patience. The entire process takes as long as 6-8 weeks. Don’t worry. We’ll get some fish in there before that. I know you will be eager to fill your tank full of fish. It’s only natural. You just set up you new shiny fish tank and you want to see some fish! What you might not realize is that adding the wrong fish, too fast is just a recipe for disaster. You’ll quickly have a tank full of floating fish. This can be costly, frustrating, but most importantly very cruel to your fish. Aquarium cycling is really a very simple process if you keep in mind what I said before, patience.
Aquarium MaintenanceOnce cycled, basic aquarium maintenance includes feeding, cleaning, and water changes. When your purchase your new fish, find out what food is best and how often they should be fed. Freshwater foods are available in and each type of fish has different preferences. Cleaning maintenance includes scraping algae from the glass and siphoning your gravel to remove uneaten food and waste. Water changes are important because they help remove waste and food that hurt water quality, and they help add trace elements, nutrients and electroytes that keep your fish happy and healthy.
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You’re almost there! You’ve decided what type of fish that you want to keep and set up the aquarium in the perfect location. You’ve let it operate for 24 hours to stabilize the water temperature. Now you’re ready to go to the store and buy your new fish. Because this is a new aquarium, you are going to want to start with only 1 or 2 fish, adding more gradually over the next 4-6 weeks. This is a very important step to ensure that your fish will thrive in their new home. What Happens When Cycling Happens. In a new aquarium, the cycle begins when ammonia is excreted in fish waste. Bacteria begins to grow in the filter, gravel and other surfaces of the tank. After a week or two, bacteria that breaks down ammonia into nitrite (NO2) grows to sufficient numbers to begin to get ahead. Ammonia levels decrease, nitrite appears and increases. After a two or three weeks, bacteria that breaks nitrites into nitrates grows to sufficient numbers to get ahead. Nitrite levels decrease, nitrate appears and increases. After after three or four weeks, all the bacteria players are in place. All ammonia is virtually immediately processed into nitrites, and the nitrites in turn processed into nitrates so quickly that ammonia and nitrites are detectable only in trace amounts if at all. Nitrates are removed by water changes. If fish are removed, ammonia is no longer being added, and the cycle bacteria will eventually starve and disappear.First, you do not want to add more than about 1 inch (about 2.5cm)of fish for every ten gallons (about 40 liters) of aquarium volume atany one time. Adding more fish than this can be a strain on the and can causethe fish tank to partially cycle again as the biological filter triesto catch up with the additional waste now in the fish tank.In addition to the issues, the fact that a new aquarium owner does not haveexperience caring for a fish tank and the fish in it also contributesto this stress and loss.