Aquarium and Aquarium Materials:
When setting up a basic aquarium, you want to first rinse off your aquarium, gravel and anything else that is going into the tank. Put the aquarium in a quiet, relaxed place. Ensure the location is sturdy and will not break. Place your gravel  into the aquarium.

Adding Water:
Fill the aquarium using a hose or bucket. To avoid lifting the gravel empty the water on to a plate inside the aquarium. Alternatively you can use another bucket.
If you are using a soil-like substrate, you can place a bag on top of it and fill the water, then remove the bag when you are finished.
Ensure you remove the chlorine from the tank. It is toxic to aquatic animals.

Connecting Air Lines:
Attach the air lines to your air pump. Use non-return valves on your air lines to avoid water siphoning out in a power outage. Alternatively, put the air pumps higher than the aquarium. Attach the air lines to the air stones within the fish tank.

Decoration and Plants:
Place your rinsed decorations and plants in the tank in a way that makes it look aesthetically pleasing for you. We are working on a basic aquascaping guide. It will be featured on the front page when ready.

Filter, Heater and Thermometer:
Use a filter recommended for the size of your aquarium. Take into account that some fish have got a higher biomass and therefore will need an oversized filter. Do your research as to what fish you will stock for any specific requirements. Make sure your heater is working correctly and check it often. Use an adhesive thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature as fast rising temperature can kill a fish fast.

Cycle your tank:
Dose your fish tank with ammonia, or fish food. Use a test kit to regularly check the ammonia, nitrates and nitrites. Redose ammonia when parameters drop. Repeat for 3-4 weeks. After 3-4 weeks the filter should be eating ammonia effectively.

Adding Fish to the Aquarium:
Empty the contents of your bag of fish into the bucket. Take an air line and slowly drip water from the fish tank, the waters will mix and the fish will SLOWLY get used to the water of your fish tank.
Try to mix equal amounts of water if possible. When the water has finished mixing, scoop the fish out of the bucket with a net and place them into their new home.

It is a good idea to turn the lights off and leave the new fish to let them relax after the stress of repeated catching, being bagged and transported, etc.

Feeding your new fish:
It is actually hard to capture all fish under one rule. Check our fish foods to find individual recommendations on how to feed your fish.

Always research multiple sources and be well informed on anything you are going to do when dealing with live animals. They feels pain, they starve and they get sick. Be sure you understand you are going to be looking after another living creature, like a puppy or a baby.