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Top Tips When Starting a Tropical Fish Tank

Top Tips When Starting a Tropical Fish Tank

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger=”no”]Beyond being a hobby, having a healthy tropical fish tank can help you reduce stress and have a beautiful day. Well, we understand that starting a tropical aquarium from scratch can be overwhelming. But you’re not alone.

In this article, you’ll learn all the top tips you need to get started. Let’s jump right into it!


Top Tips When Starting a Tropical Fish Tank

Choose the Right Tank Size

By now, you already know that tanks are available in various sizes and shapes. While it can be very tempting to select a whacky-shaped tank, the best type out there is one in a rectangle shape. This is an easy pick since it has a large surface area and volume.

A standard rectangle tank allows for proper airflow at night, i.e. diffusion of oxygen into the water and Cos out. This process is important for your fish to thrive. Also, this type of tank with its attributes means you can stock more tropical fish in the aquarium.

As a general guide, a beginner may keep a fish tank of 54 litres or more, which can hold a community of 15-20 small fish.

Additionally, keep in mind that most tropical fish are shoaling species and love to keep groups of fish. Examples are six or more tetras, six or more guppies, or the medium-sized Suckermouth Catfish.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger=”no”]


The cabinet you choose to place your aquarium on is as important as making the right choice of tank. Using unsuitable home furniture may collapse and hence, destroy your aquarium. To prevent this event, ensure to select the proper cabinet as recommended by the manufacturer to support its weight.

Also, cabinets may be useful for the placement of test kits filters, plugs & cables that power the aquarium.


In addition to giving your tank more life, aquarium lighting also helps replicate the high-intensity lighting in the waterways lived in. You may set the timer hours to the period you’ll be home to check the reef tank. However, keep in mind that your tropical fish need at least 8-10 hours of lighting every day.

On the contrary, do not keep the light on for more than 12 hours. The reason is that excessive heat can lead to the growth of algae.

Top Tips When Starting a Tropical Fish Tank

Other Tips You Need to Keep in Mind During a Tropical Aquarium Setup


A heater is an important piece of kit in keeping a tropical fish tank, especially if you live within the UK. Keep in mind that most tropical fish are from hot regions of the world such as Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia.

With the use of a heater, you would need a heater to keep the tank temperature at 24 Celsius. As a result, your fish won’t be stressed or worry about any temperature differences.

If you’re unsure which size of heater will be appropriate for your aquarium, choose one with the same or slightly higher power approximate to the volume of water in the tank.

Good Filtration is Important

During a tropical aquarium setup, choosing the right filter is something you don’t want to get wrong. Although it’s easy to make the right selection, ensure you have a good water turnover to supply the right flow to the tank.

A suitable filter helps you clean and polish the tank water. As a rule of thumb, use an external filter for a big aquarium.

Test Kits for a healthy Tropical Aquarium

If you want a healthy fish tank, then you need to have test kits. Sincerely, you can’t really tell if your water is healthy even when it looks crystal clear. And the only certain way to you can be sure is by using test kits.

Test daily for essential elements like pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate.

Congratulations! Enjoy starting your tropical aquarium.


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