When you are purchasing fish for your aquarium, the kind of fish and what type of items to put in the tank are only a couple of the things that you need to think about. The main ingredient in a great aquarium is the water. While you might think that you can just pour tap water into the aquarium and be ready to put your new pets in their new home, you are wrong. Tap water can kill most fish that you purchase at your local pet store due to the amount of chlorine and other harmful chemicals that go into the water system to make it healthy for you and your family to drink. These chemicals are usually toxic to all types of fish and will cause your new pets to get very sick and usually to die. So, what do you need to do to keep your new buddies happy and healthy from the start? Here are some tips to help you start your new aquarium's water on the right track:
1. Completely clean out your aquarium. It doesn't matter if you just pulled it out of the box or if you have had it for a while, a good cleaning will help to remove any bacteria or chemicals that are on the inside of the tank before you place the water and other items in it.
2. Completely clean everything that will go into your aquarium. Of course, live plants don't count, but anything else that you are going to be placing in your new aquarium, such as rocks, plastic plants, and toys need to be cleaned as well. Rinse the rocks carefully to remove dust and debris from them before placing them into the tank. Wash toys and plastic plants and rocks to remove any harmful chemicals or dirt from them as well.
3. Get a bottle of chlorine remover at your local pet store BEFORE you purchase your fish. When you are ready to put the water in your tank, read all the instructions on the bottle of chlorine remover and follow them completely to ensure that your water does not have any chlorine left when your fish arrive in their new home.
4. Allow your water to sit for at least 24 hours. After you have cleaned all the items that will go into your new aquarium and you have treated the water with chlorine remover, allow the water to sit for at least 24 hours BEFORE you add your new fish. Letting the water sit will allow it to warm to room temperature and allow any chemicals to evaporate and be completely out of the water in your aquarium.
5. If you have problem water, you can ask your local pet store for any other chemical addins that you might need to place in your aquarium's water before you add in fish to ensure that you don't kill your new pets right off the bat. Most pet stores carry a wide variety of chemicals and treatments that can remove most of the harmful chemicals and other problems from the water.
Now that you know the basics of what you need to do to your aquarium water before you place your new pets in, you are on your way. If you follow these simple tips to treat your water BEFORE you put fish into your aquarium, your new buddies will live long and happy lives with you to protect them.