How to Set-Up an Aquarium in 5 Easy Steps
Caring for discus is a popular hobby for many fish lovers. Most of them choose this species because of its personality. Unlike other breeds, discus know how to interact with the owner. In addition, it’s very aware and observant of its surroundings.
Starting up an aquarium is pretty simple, even if you are a new owner. Setting up a new habitat for them is a rewarding task that won’t take too much of your time, and in the long run, they’ll be happier and healthier for it if you take the time to do it right from the start.
The things that you need for an aquarium can be easily bought from a pet store. The following tips should be useful for you:
- Choose the right aquarium. The fish tank must be large enough for your pets to swim freely inside of it. Don’t settle for a fish bowl because it won’t be big enough for you to place other species with your discus in the case that you want to later on. The minimum tank size for your aquarium should be 55 gallons.
- Choose the right water filter. You can either purchase a bacterial starter culture or a cultured sponge filter. Both filters are very effective in cleaning the aquarium. Just make sure that the tank doesn’t have excessive water flow, as this disturbs the fish.
Steps on Setting Up Your Aquarium
- Start by preparing the aquarium. Before you purchase the discus from the pet store, you have to set up its home first. Put some water inside of the tank and be sure that the pH level is 6.5. If you think the aquarium is too bare, place some plant decorations or pebbles into it.
- Place the water filter inside of the aquarium. Turn on the water filter and make sure it is working properly. Make sure that the water flow is not too high so that your fish can feel comfortable swimming inside of the tank.
- Make the water conditions inside of the aquarium similar to the conditions inside of the tank at the pet store. The pH level, water temperature, and filter flow should be virtually identical to that tank. Doing this will make it easier for your pets to adopt to their new aquarium
- Gently introduce them to their new home. Let them swim around and get accustomed to the new environment.
- Understand the discus’ needs. Once they have adjusted to their new home, be mindful of any behavioral changes that they show. Observe them every day to make sure that they have adapted to their new home. If they haven’t, keep working with them until they do.
Are You Ready?
As you have read above, setting up the aquarium isn’t as hard as you think it is. Once you have lived with your fish for a while, you will learn exactly what it takes to be a responsible and successful discus owner.
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