For a Tropical Tank Set up you will need an aquarium, filter heater and air pump if necessary
- Fill the tank with tap water and dechlorinate
- Bring the tank up to the temperature required
- It is best to add a small group if fish to start with. This is to allow the tank to mature. The filter will take around 2 months to mature and during this time there can be surges in ammonia and nitrates. The more fish added early on the more likely these surges are and the harder they will be to control. If you do get a high level of ammonia or nitrate then a partial water changeis the quickest solution to help the fish. Added bacteria can be out in the tank to hep the filter mature more quickly.
- After 2-3 weeks another group of fish can be added and this can continue until your tank is stocked.
- It is a good idea during this time to do regular water changes and and to keep on eye on water parameters.
- Do not be tempted to fully stock your tank too early; high levels of ammonia and nitrates can cause numerous problems for your fish.
- The most likely would be bacterial infection due to the high ammonia levels burning the fish causing fin rot and fungus.
- Always dechlorinate during water changes
- Be sure to research the fish your adding to your tank to check suitability and compatibility with other fish.