Only use water to rinse out your new aquarium, equipment and accessories – do not use soap or detergents.
Never add aquarium gravel before rinsing and draining it first. Dust from the gravel may cause the water in your tank to get cloudy.
Make sure the water level is within one inch below the lip of the filter. A shallow tank – not enough water in the aquarium - may prevent the filter from working properly. And be sure to add AquaSafe® to condition the water according to the product directions.
Remember to change your AQUA-Tech® or Whisper® Power Filter carbon cartridge every two to four weeks. The power filter is an important part of your aquarium. It cleans the water by filtering out odors, dirt and debris. It also works like a waterfall to add the oxygen that fish need to the water. The health of your fish depends on it.
Be patient. Waiting to add fish to your tank after you’ve set it up and added water can be hard, especially for children. If you wait the recommended 24 hours before adding fish you will be much happier with the results.
DO NOT add all of the fish all at once. A newly set up aquarium cannot safely support a full tank of fish. Don’t overcrowd your tank. Follow the one inch of fish to one gallon of water rule. Too many fish can cause excess waste and an unhealthy environment for your fish.
The aquarium light is an important part of the aquarium set up and the life of your fish. Use a light timer to help turn on the aquarium light in the morning and turn it off in the evening to replicate day and night cycles. Most species of fish need light for approximately 10-12 hours a day.
Be sure the water temperature remains constant. Big changes in water temperature can stress your fish.
Feed your fish regularly, 2-3 times each day, but only as much food as they can eat in several minutes. Be careful not to overfeed your fish or the excess waste in the water could become harmful to them.
Never get discouraged. Call 1-800-423-6458 or email TetraCare® support for advice and help with any of your questions or concerns.