How to properly set up an aquarium water pump?

You just a got a new water pump for your aquarium system and are wondering how to set up? Well, you are at the right place.

There are different types and brands of aquarium water pumps. You must have acquired the best pump before seeking installation. This is one factor that many people, especially first timers overlook. However, become a fish-keeper takes dedication and getting the right gear.

Proper circulation of water is necessary for aeration, which brings up happy fish. And happy fish is healthy fish – good returns.

So have you got the best tank? Are you ready to get it serving you? Follow these steps.

Step 1: Clean the gravel

You don’t want your fish to meet with dirt on the gravel, rocks and ornaments. These are necessary items in the aquarium but ones which can pose a real threat to the survival of your fish.

Before adding them to the tank, you must make sure they are thoroughly cleaned. Use warm water. Avoid using soap or detergents during the process. You want to remove toxins from the water, not make it worse. The chemicals in these cleaning substances are not good for aquatic life.

Washing the gravel is easy. Simply stir, drain, and repeat until there is no debris.

Step 2: Filling the tank

Now that the tank is clean and you are ready to proceed, the next step is adding water. One mistake that people make is adding the wrong amount of water at the beginning.

Fill the tank to about one-third full. Make sure the water is at room temperature.

Keeping the gravel in place is another thing you need to remember. Place a plate or saucer on the gravel when pouring the water. This will keep in place.

If you have a water conditioner, like Tetra AquaSafe solution, this is the right time to add. It will de-chlorinate the water; chlorine may be fine for you, but not for your fish.

The condition of the water is very vital for your fish. If you do not keep the conditions well under control, you might be creating a hazard for them. But this will depend on the types of fish you want to keep.

Step 3: Connect the air tubing

Now you are ready to add air onto your tank. Fish breathe oxygen in the water which makes aeration and important factor.

Connect the airline tubing starting from the air pump to the outlets in the tank. Most people use air stones or decorations.

Add an aquarium check valve at all times. It will assist you to locate your air valve underneath the tank. The check valve is a small valve that acts as a stopper preventing water from coming back out from the aquarium.

Step 4: Aquascaping

Ideally, you arrange live and/or plastic plants to hide your equipment. This is necessary to keep your fish safe.

Remember to use warm-enough water when adding live plants. Then plant the roots gently at the surface of the gravel. If the plant has a crown, leave it exposed.

In addition, live plants should be kept moist as long as they are not yet planted. Use a wet newspaper for this. Consider using aquatic plant fertilizer for optimum growth and development. Ensure there is enough lighting as well. Your plants need proper care as much as the fish do.

Step 5: Add more water

More water can be added at this stage to complete the aquarium. You don’t have to fill it until it overflows. Most tanks come with instructions on the maximum water level. If not, fill it to the bottom of the top frame. Leave some space for air between the water and the cover.

Step 6: Set up the filter and cycle

If you are using any outside filters:-

  • Use filter material or filter cartridge
  • Read instructions before positioning them
  • It must be primed with water.

And if you are using a hang-on-tank with a pickup tube:-

  • Extend the tubes until they are close to the tank bottom without reaching the gravel. You can cut it shorter if it is too long.
  • Open the filter lid and fill it water.

Step 7: Secure the Submissive heater

Place an easy-to-read thermometer in the water. Be sure to keep it far away from the heater and plug it in only when it is in the water.

Step 8: Plug in air pump, power filter and heater

It is important that you immerse the heater in the water first before starting it up. Check all outlets to make sure the settings are fine.

Check the water flow, adjust the temperature, and wait for 24 hours before the next step. After every few hours, check the temperature conditions.

Step 10: You are ready to use the aquarium

It is now time to introduce your new pets. The aquarium is fish-safe and ready to serve you in the best possible way.

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