01. Setting Up Your Aquarium Part 1

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Handle With Care
Never attempt to move a full or partially full aquarium.
Never lift an aquarium with wet hands.
Never attempt to lift aquarium by grasping upper edges or frame.
Always grasp and carry an aquarium from underneath, supporting the bottom at all times.

Preparing Your Tank
Using a damp cloth, clean your tank inside and out prior to setup.
Never use soap, detergents or cleaning agents.

Choosing A Location
Always place an aquarium in a location designed to support its total weight.
An aquarium filled with water and gravel weighs approximately 10 to 12 pounds per gallon.
Always place an aquarium on a flat, level surface and make sure an electrical outlet is near.
Never place an aquarium near a heat source or air conditioner.
Never place an aquarium in direct sunlight. Full or even partial sunlight can cause excessive algae growth.

Adding Gravel
Add 1.5 to 2 pounds of gravel for every gallon of aquarium water. Be sure to rinse the gravel thoroughly (water should drain clear) before adding. The gravel bed should slope gradually to the front of your aquarium.

Filling Your Aquarium
Pouring a stream of water directly into your tank will disturb the gravel bed. We recommend that before adding water, you place a clean dish on top of gravel and gradually pour the water over the dish. The stream is gently deflected without displacing gravel.


Always fill your aquarium with water at room temperature. Cool water produces condensation, which gives the appearance of leakage. If condensation does occur, simply wipe surface with a clean cloth until temperature stabilizes.

Always treat water with a dechlorinator before adding it to your aquarium. Do not add plain, untreated tap water — it can kill your fish.

A Word About Decor
Once the aquarium is half full, you can add aquatic plants (live or artificial) and/or decorative rocks or ornaments. Before adding any of these items, be sure to rinse them thoroughly. When placing plants, it’s a good idea to locate larger ones to the rear of the tank, smaller ones toward the front. This ensures an open swimming area for your fish. When all ornaments and plants are in place, continue filling the aquarium to within an inch of the top rim.