How to Set up an Aquarium at Home: A Basic Guide


Are you trying to figure out how to set up an aquarium in your house? Our guide right here covers the key things to know and do.

several goldfish of assorted colors in aquarium

So, you want to introduce some aquatic friends to your home. That sounds like a great idea! Of course, this means that you'll have to set up an aquarium in your home before your new neighbors move in, but that shouldn't be a problem, right? All that takes is a simple run to the pet store and you'll be good to go.

This thinking couldn't be further from the truth. In actuality, when figuring out how to set up an aquarium it takes more than buying a simple tank and filling it with tap water before your new pet can dive into its new home. That said, what are the steps that you need to take to make sure your home aquarium is up to par?



No need to worry; you've come to the right place. This article will tell you everything that you need to know about setting up an aquarium so you can give your pets the home that they need. Keep reading to find out more!

1. Decide on the Species You Want in Your Tank

Before you start chucking animals into your tank, you need to figure out which aquatic species you want to bring into your home. Are you bringing in fish? If so, which type? Maybe you're opting for another type of animal, like an invertebrate? The creatures you bring in will help you to determine the size of the tank, as well as the equipment needed and any plants or other accessories you wish to put in.

2. Set up Your Tank

Next, you need to set up the tank. This means cleaning out your tank to prepare it for your pet. Use a damp cloth (never use soap or detergent, as that could weaken the tank's support) to clean out any dirt and debris. Make sure that the cloth you use is a new one that is only designated for the tank, as that will keep any household germs and chemicals to a minimum.

3. Add Water and Install the Equipment

When adding water, make sure you add fresh water for freshwater animals and saltwater for saltwater creatures. Make sure to treat tap water with a water conditioner to neutralize chlorine before adding it to the aquarium. Make sure to add substrate (bottom layer) to the tank first before you add the water. Afterward, you'll want to install your filter. There are several different filters to choose from, and each have their own strengths and weaknesses, so make sure you ask a professional to find out which one works best for your needs.

Now that you know about setting up an aquarium, you'll want to know where you can go to get the best tanks for you and your aquatic friend's needs. Make sure to shop aquariums online to find the right one to suit you. Your pet is going to love its new home!

Now You Know How to Set up an Aquarium

Learning how to set up an aquarium is a fun experience, and now you know how to set one up that you and your pet will be able to enjoy for many years to come. Make sure to take a look around the rest of our site to find out more ways that you can upgrade yourself and live life to the fullest. We've got something for everyone here!