An aquarium is an ideal way to bring colorful aquatic life into your home. Watching fish swim, feed and interact is not only relaxing; it's also entertaining and educational for the entire family.

Advances in technology have streamlined aquarium equipment and care in a way that makes the hobby easier and more affordable than ever before.

If you would like to add an aquarium to your home, but aren't sure how to get started, the following component list and step-by-step guide will help you on your way to creating a beautiful attractive aquarium setup pictured here. As you will see, adding an aquarium to your home is easy to do and well worth the years of enjoyment you will experience.

You will need... 

Suggested equipment:

  • Aquarium

  • Aquarium stand

  • Lid and Light

  • 1 Pound of Gravel or Aquarium Sand Per Gallon

  • Submersible Heater

  • Thermometer

  • Water Filter

  • Freshwater Master Test Kit

  • Chlorine Neutralizer

Suggested Aquarium Decorations:

  • Driftwood or Rocks

  • Foreground plants

  • Variety Pack Plants


First: Set up Aquarium and Stand

  • Place aquarium out of direct sunlight.

  • Allow 5" between the wall and the aquarium to accommodate the filter, and ensure the stand is level. Be certain this is a good location for the aquarium, as you will have to completely disassemble the system if you want to move it later.


Step Two: Add Gravel/Sand and Water

  • Use a plate when adding water to prevent gravel/sand displacement.

  • Add Gravel/Sand to the aquarium, sloping it slightly up towards the back.

  • Place clean plate on top of gravel and start to fill the aquarium with water. If your tap water contains chlorine, add our Chlorine Neutralizer.

Step Three: Install Filter and Heater

  • Install equipment, but do not plug anything in yet.

  • Assemble and hang the power filter on back of aquarium If using a canaster filter

       place it under the tank and connect the hoses.

  • Attach the thermometer in a place that is easy for you to monitor.

  • Assemble and install the heater under water level, near input to filter.

Step Four: Decorate

  • Add decorations, but leave plenty of swimming room for fish.

  • Rinse all the plants with clear water.

  • Place all the background plants, arrange the driftwood, rocks or decorations.

  • Fill aquarium and filter with water to the lowest edge of the top frame.

  • Plug in filter and heater.

  • Wait 24 hours for water temperature to stabilize before adding fish.

Step Five: Add Fish!

  • Add about 10" of fish initially to begin the nitrogen cycle.

  • After properly acclimating fish, release them into the aquarium (without adding the water they were shipped in).

  • Place top and light fixture.

  • Wait two weeks and test for ammonia and nitrite. When the levels return to zero, you can begin adding the rest of your fish. Or bacteria to quickly establish biological filtration and cycle your aquarium.

  • Depending on the PH levels in your tank you have several options for type of fish that will do well in your tank conditions. 

  • We will gladly check your water and assist you in the fish selection process.