Setting up your brand-new freshwater fish tank can be a very exciting and fun process for the entire family, but it’s important to do some research and prepare for any pitfalls that could potentially happen during and after the set-up process.

Here are 5 of the most common mistakes that beginners make when setting up a new tank:

Mistake Number 1: Don’t understand the differences between freshwater and saltwater

It is essential to understand the difference between freshwater and saltwater aquariums and the types of fish that each support. It may seem quite obvious, however there are many factors that come into play in the setup, care and maintenance of each.

Mistake Number 2: Adding the fish too fast or all at the same time

Patience is key when adding the fish to your tank, we know it can be a very exciting process and most of us just want to get them in there as fast as possible, but this can actually shock and harm the fish. They need time to acclimate to the water temperature and that the water including the nitrogen have time to stabilize first.

Mistake Number 3: Overfeeding

Yes, fish love food, but it’s really not good for them to eat all day every day. In-fact they can go several days without food. Overfeeding them can cause their water nitrates and ammonia to become off balance and cause an excess of waste in the water which can ultimately harm the fish.

Mistake Number 4: Non compatible fish

Not all fish get along with each other. Typically, species of fish are divided into categories based on their temperament. The size of the tank also has a role in fish selection and compatibility. Its vitally important that you do your homework regarding fish compatibility, just because they might look good together in the same tank does not mean it’s a good idea.

Mistake Number 5: Failure to maintain the tank

Regular maintenance and cleanings help prevent your fish from getting sick. A clean tank makes for happy fish, we all learned that from Finding Nemo! It’s important to have a regular maintenance schedule for your fish tank.

An aquarium is a beautiful and educational addition to any home. Doing your research beforehand will save you time and money in the long run and will provide the healthiest environment possible for your new freshwater fish friends! If you have questions about any of these tips or the proper set up for your tank, please contact us today!