Gillian Sheehan, formely of Fins N Things, Midleton offers advice on setting up a new aquarium.

  1. Always use a water conditioner when starting off and when adding fresh water into your aquarium.
  2. You should also add a biological filtration booster when setting up your aquarium. Regular addition of this booster is also very important to maintain a healthy filter system. We recommend Stress Zyme.
  3. When setting up a tropical aquarium it is recommended to leave the water stand for up to 5 days so that the heater has an opportunity to increase the water temperature to 25-27 degrees Celcius. A replacement heater should be on hand in case the primary heater malfunctions. It is also very important to have a thermometer to monitor tank temperature.
  4. After you set up your new tank it is advised to change one third of the water every week for the first few weeks and then one third every two weeks after that remembering to add water conditioner each time.
  5. Most good quality aquariums will come with lighting but we recommend having lights on for only a few hours a day, certainly no more than 8 hours per day. Excessive use of lights can promote algae growth.
  6. After setting up your new aquarium we recommend feeding every second day for the first few weeks. There are a variety of fish foods on the market depending on the type of fish you are stocking including flakes, pellets, sticks and algae wafers for bottom feeders.
  7. Over-feeding is a major problem for people starting off so remember to feed sparingly.
  8. Most aquariums now come with good quality filters but if you need an upgrade we have a large variety in store. It is very important, when cleaning your filter sponges, to always wash them in tank water removed into a bowl. NEVER WASH YOUR SPONGES UNDER THE TAP. This removes beneficial bacteria which the fish need to thrive.
  9. Change filter sponges regularly – Juwel aquarium fine filter needs to be changed with every water change, carbon sponge every 6 weeks, nitrate sponge every 6-8 weeks, blue coarse and fine sponges every 3-6 months. NEVER CHANGE ALL SPONGES TOGETHER.
  10. Change Fluval sponge every 3-6 months. Change Eheim sponge every 3-6 months.
  11. Pet Essentials stock the full range of Interpet Fish Treatments to combat all fish ailments. When you are treating sick fish it is always recommended you remove the carbon filters from your filter system. Carbon filter can be replaced once treatment regime is complete.
  12. PET ESSENTIALS STOCK A FANTASTIC RANGE OF TROPICAL AND COLDWATER FISH. IT IS IMPORTANT TO INFORM SALES STAFF OF FISH ALREADY PRESENT IN YOUR SYSTEM SO THEY CAN ADVISE YOU ON SUITABLE FISH TO ADD TO AQUARIUM. WE ALSO HAVE A VARIETY OF SPECIALIST BOOKS IN INSTORE BOOK SECTION.