Freshwater Aquarium Basics

You've decided to get an aquarium, but you're not ready for a huge time or money commitment. Freshwater is the way to go! Even though it's the easiest tank to maintain, don't think that you can get away with total neglect. You've got to take care of your fishies if you want them to thrive. Read on for a rundown of what you'll need to keep your ecosystem eco-riffic.

You're going to end up spending at least $200 on this initial setup, if you want to do it right. If you do it wrong, you'll save money on supplies but waste a lot of time and fish life with burials.

To Start Off Right

Start Small

If you want to get the hang of fish, try a single fish in a small bowl. You will need to change the water, keep the tank clean, and feed it, but you won't need to filter, light, or heat the tank.

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* Don't forget to put your tank through an entire nitrogen cycle before you introduce any fish to it!

International Resources

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DE: Süßwasser Aquarium Grundlagen