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To cycle a tank, set the tank up with water, a filter and a small number of hardy fish. Change the water every two to three days, and test it regularly until there is no sign of ammonia or nitrates. Cycling a fish tank takes six to eight weeks to complete.


To clean a fish tank, unplug the heater, switch off the pump, disconnect the filter, and remove any artificial plants or decorations before vacuuming the gravel and replacing the water. Separately clean the filter, artificial plants and decorations in a tub or sink before replacing them.


A fish tank can be set up by first purchasing all of the needed equipment and then setting up the aquarium and stand, placing the gravel and water, installing the filter and then decorating. To find out the appropriate equipment for a particular kind of fish visit the local pet store or local librar


Build your own fish tank by attaching four pieces of glass to a glass bottom using caulk and adding a light on the top. This project takes less than 60 minutes, though it may take longer it you are cutting your own glass. You need five pieces of glass, duct tape, clear aquarium silicone caulk, a Cor


According to aquarium experts, the Cascade 1000 Canister Filter is the best freshwater fish tank filter on the market. The filter is suitable for tanks up to 100 gallons and can pump up to 265 gallons in a single hour.


Odorous fish tanks occur for several reasons that include rotting food, undiscovered dead fish or snails, dead plants and excess waste. Overcrowding of fish tanks can also lead to foul odors. Improper tank cleaning is a common culprit as well.


The easiest way to cool a fish tank is by using a commercial water chiller. However, chillers are often expensive, so aquarists have devised a number of techniques for lowering the temperature of their tanks. Because evaporation produces a cooling effect, most alternative methods for cooling an aqua


Regular maintenance of fish tanks is required in order to keep fish living in ideal conditions. This is true for all types of tanks, including cylinder tanks. Maintenance should include aquarium cycling, water testing and proper water care and filtration. According to Petsmart, each of these plays a


Many factors can influence where fish spend the majority of their time in a tank including temperature, water flow, other fish, preference and hiding places. Depending where the aquarium heater is placed, temperature in the tank may vary in different areas and fish may prefer one area to another.


Some types of fish congregate at the water's surface in the tank to gain access to more oxygen, usually due to poor oxygenation of the tank's water. Other fish, such as bettas, breathe air from outside the tank, so they stay near the top.