Fish Tank Start-Up Kit

So you have decided to change the ambience in your home and what better than a soothing fish tank. You will need to purchase the necessary equipment for both the start-up and maintenance of the fish tank.

Here are essential items you will need:

  • Suitable sized tank, made either of glass or acrylic, with a lid. The tank must be an appropriate size for the space you have available in your home or office and must be big enough to house the fish you choose.
  • The three types of filtration systems that each tank requires:
  • Biological – to promote the growth of good bacteria which will convert ammonia to nitrate, and then nitrate to nitrate which will keep the tank water healthy.
  • Chemical – assists in removing ammonia from the water; you can use carbon, zeolite and ceramic rocks
  • Mechanical – for aiding in the removal of the larger floating particles
  • Fish tank stand (if required)
  • Tank light and bulb
  • Gravel to line the bottom of the tank
  • Ornaments for aesthetics and for the fish to swim through and hide inside
  • Pumps can be used to assist water aeration and can be attached to an airstone or ornament to produce beautiful bubbles in your tank
  • Aquatic plants both live and ornamental
  • Water and gravel syphon
  • Forceps
  • Fish net
  • Bucket for cleaning
  • Glass or acrylic algae cleaning pad (the magnetic pads are great for cleaning both sides of the tank glass)
  • Water conditioner
  • Water testing kit
  • Variety of fish food
  • Thermometer
  • Appropriate heating system

N.B. When purchasing the above, please be sure to ask our in-store assistants which conditioner and food is appropriate for the fish you have chosen.

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