Quick and easy steps to safely fill your new aquarium
Time Required: 45 minutes
- Purchase a bottle of aquarium water conditioner. You do not need cycle or other bacterial starter products.
- Purchase a bucket and label for aquarium use only. Aquarium buckets should never have soap in them.
- Fill the bottom of the tank with washed gravel to a depth of three inches.
- Lay a clean plate on top of the gravel. Be sure there is no soap residue on the plate. If unsure, soak it for a five minutes in a 10% bleach solution, rinse thoroughly with running water, then let it air dry before use.
- Let cold water run from the tap for a few minutes to flush any minerals or residue from the lines.
- Fill a clean bucket approximately two thirds to three fourths full with water.
- Slowly pour the water from the bucket onto the plate in the aquarium.
- Repeat steps six and seven until the tank is half filled with water.
- Add plants and and other decorations.
- Install the heater and filter, but do not plug them into the electrical outlet yet.
- Repeat steps six and seven until the aquarium is completely filled with water.
- Remove the plate and add water conditioner according to package instructions.
- Start the filter and heater, and let the aquarium run for at least twenty four hours before adding fish.
- Old buckets may be used if they are thoroughly cleaned with bleach, rinsed well, and allowed to air dry.
- Fill your buckets only as full as you can comfortably carry and pour them.
What You Need
- water conditioner
- clean bucket
- clean plate