First thing to do is figure out where you are going to place the tank, this may sound a stupid statement but I have had people knocking my door in the past with bags of fish because the cabinet the tank was sat on had collapsed, so make sure you have a safe, sturdy and level base for the tank, remember water is a lot heavier than it looks.
Ok so the new tank position has been found, now lets run through a quick check list to make sure you have everything you need.
- Water Test Kit
When deciding on how big or small you want your aquarium to be there are several important factors you need to take into consideration, the first of course being the price as what ever you spend on the tank you will at least double it with the other equipment you need, also consider what and how many fish you wish to have in your new aquarium, fish grow so whilst you may think you can put 5 x 1 inch Angel fish in a 30 litre tank you can't as these 1 inch fish will grow to around 6 inches tall if cared for correctly.
There are plenty of different substrates available from large gravel to fine sand, make a list of the fish you wish to keep and find out what they like as a substrate, it may even come down to colour as well for example a lot of Dwarf Cichlids like a dark tank and bottom.
Remember also to wash out your substrate thoroughly as this will prevent issues with clouding later on.
Another massively important part of your set up and one that if not done correctly WILL kill your fish.
When buying a filter for your tank make sure it will cope with the amount of water you will have in the aquarium most filters will say on the box what size tank they can deal with.
As a rule you need a filter that will turn over around 4 times the tank volume every hour.
Tropical fish swim and live in warm water so you will need to have a heater setup to warm your cold water, and as above read the box to make sure it can heat the volume of water you expect your tank to hold.
As with all living things fish need to eat, and there is huge amounts of differing food available to purchase for your fish.
I'm not going to suggest any makes of food in this post, as the best advice I can give you is feed your new fish the same as your pet store was feeding them, this will keep their stress levels low during the change in environment.
Water Test Kit
I find this one is the bit if kit most new tank owners overlook, but a very important bit of kit.
Why would anyone go out and spend money on fish whilst not knowing if their tank water will kill the fish ?
So we have everything we need and are now ready to become "Tropical Fish Keeping Gods" .........No I'm afraid not! We need to do a little cycling first and to see how we do that please click viewtopic.php?f=10&t=3.