This instructable will help people that are new and or a beginner in the fish keeping hobby. Keeping an aquarium in your home can be fun and enjoyable if you know what you are doing.
Feel free to ask questions and concerns in the comments..... ENJOY!
Step 1: The Stand
A general rule of thumb is every gallon of water weighs about 10 lbs
10 gallons - 100 lbs
20 gallons - 200 lbs
And so on..
For my stand I used a large dresser which can easily hold me 30 gallon tank.
Step 2: Placement
Having your tank near a window causes Algae to grow very rapidly.
Step 3: The Aquarium
A hood with lights
And decorations ( rocks , plants, etc...)
Air stone/ bubble wall
At most pet stores you can buy a complete aquarium kit for around 50-100 dollars. These kit come with every thing you would need.
Step 4: Getting Started
Step 5: Introducing Fish
Note the size of your tank when buying fish. Some fish will look small in the store but will grow a lot down the road. Goldfish are not the ideal fish for aquariums they are very dirty and shouldn't be mixed with other fish. (I have two in my tank because I've had them in a old tank and didnt want to be cruel and flush them) do your research before hand to make it easy ire at the store.
Snails are great for cleaning and don't really need any care they just do their own thing.
Ask questions at the store too, the workers are a big help.
Once you have the fish float them in the bag for 10-20 mins and gradually adding half a cup of your tank water to the bag until it is full. Use a net and place the fish into their new home and don't put the water from the store into your tank.
Step 6: Maintenance
I made my own gravel vac using a bottle and some large airline tubing
Also add the required chemicals too
NEVER USE SOAP TO CLEAN THE TANK IT WILL KILL YOUR FISH
Step 7: Feeding
Step 8: Lighting
THANKS I HOPE YOU ENJOYD IT AND FEEL FREE TO PUT QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS IN THE COMMENTS !!