Beginner's Aquarium Checklist

A glass or acrylic aquarium. Its size determines the species and number of fish it will house.

Supports the aquarium and all it contains. Remember: 1 gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds!

Keeps fish safely inside the tank, prevents excessive water evaporation, and muffles sound.

Illuminates the tank and allows fish to experience a natural day/night cycle. 

Filters out impurities in the water and helps maintain a clean living environment for your fish.

Allows for control, adjustment, and monitoring of water temperature. Essential for tropical fish.

Acts as groundcover for your habitat, provides comfort, and houses beneficial bacteria. 

Removes chlorine and chloramines, making water safe for fish. Can help maintain slime coat.

Beneficial bacteria break down waste and are essential to maintaining the nitrogen cycle.

Allows the monitoring of water parameters, including pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.

Helps clean substrate, quickly and easily draining tanks of small or large amounts of water.

May include: A bucket (designated for aquarium use only), algae scraper, or scrubbing pad.

Necessary for the removal, relocation, and acclimation of fish.

A nutritionally complete meal for your fish. Available in frozen, dry, and live varieties.

Simulates a more natural environment, provides shelter, and allows for personal expression.

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