How to Setup a No-Frills Fish Tank

Setting up a good-sized aquarium is easy. Here’s what you need.

  • A glass tank
  • An aquarium pump
  • Filter materials
  • Distilled water
  • Salt
  • Some hardy aquarium fishes
  • Aquarium lights

The size of your tank will determine how many fish you can keep. A good rule of thumb is that there should be 1 gallon of water for every inch of fish.

Assemble the pump first following the instructions that come with it. For most designs, it means attaching the aerator tube, the filter tube, and the filter box. Don’t forget to put some filtering material in the filter box.

Position the pump right below where the water line would be. Filter box at the top, air feed tube to the outside. Then it is good to attach waterproof lighting.

Fill the tank with clean water about 5/6th of the way to the top. No need to completely fill the tank. Avoid using tap water because it’s chlorinated. Add salt, 1 tablespoon for every 3 gallons.

Turn on the pump to pre-oxygenate the water. Don’t add the fish just yet, the sudden change in temperature might kill them. Instead, float the bags in the tank while the fish are still inside them. After a few hours, you can release the fish to their new home.