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Aquarium Qwner's Handbook
1. Make sure the area you have designated for the aquarium is clean and cleared.
2. Place the stand on the area you have cleared for the aquarium.
3. Place the tank on top of the tank. Make sure they are flush against each other.
4. If you have an Under Gravel Filter, you want to place this down next (follow manufacturer’s instructions)
5. Place your gravel in the tank and spread it out so that everything is covered and you have an even layer of gravel in your tank.
6. If you have a filter other than then an Under Gravel Filter, you want to set it up now (following the manufacturer’s instructions).
Getting Started With Your Aquarium
When you get your fish, you will want to go through a 6-8 week cycling period. This means that, you are very diligent in keeping your tank maintained, you feed your fish the recommended amount (consult a Phil’s Fish Shop employee if you aren’t sure of the correct amount), you do necessary water changes, and monitor your fishes’ behavior. After cycling your fish, they are several things you need to do to ensure the health of your fish.
These things include-
- Providing them with a safe environmentFeed them regularly (everyday)
- Do regular aquarium cleanings (see tank maintenance for further information)
- Change the water regularly
- Check the filter and make sure it is working correctly
- Check for odd behavior (this can be a sign of sickness)
- Check your equipment on a regular basis
Keeping Your Fish Healthy
As stated on page 2, we recommend starting with a 10 gallon tank, a filter, a heater (especially for tropical fish), and an air pump. The temperature of the tank should always be at 76-80 F (25-27 C). You should install a thermometer inside the aquarium to constantly monitor the temperature of the water. Keeping the tank a constant temperature is very important, because if the temperature fluctuates, it could kill the fish.
Water Quality and Temperature
You should also install 2 heaters in the aquarium, if one dies, the other will still heat the tank. The heater(s) should be about 3 watts per gallon for a large tank and 5 watts per gallon for a small tank. You can buy either a submersible heater or a stick-on heater.
Phil’s Fish Shop provides all of your aquarium needs and wants. We only hire the most attentive, happy employees. We ensure customer service and try to meet your every need. We have the best prices, but will price match if you find a better one. There is an in-store veterinarian at Phil’s Fish Shop every day in case you encounter pet emergency. We also have a pet hotel, for when you travel and need someone to watch over your fish (employees watch over and feed your fish while you’re gone!). We have a wide variety of fish supplies that meets every fish’s wants and needs. Visit Phil’s Fish Shop today for all of your fish supplies, because it’s where fish would go if they could shop.
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