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2. 20-55-gallon Freshwater Shopping List

This solution outlines all the necessary equipment and supplies to start a healthy 20-55 gallon freshwater fish tank. Once you've made your equipment choices, check out the links below for everything from setting up to regular maintenance.

4. Setting Up - 16 Basic Steps
5. Your New Tank - Things to Keep in Mind
6. Understanding the Nitrogen Cycle
7. Water Quality
12. Freshwater Aquarium Maintenance
• 20-55 Gallon Tank -
a home for your fish
see your dealer
• Hood/Lighted Hood -
for containment & brilliant color. A must for live plants.
see your dealer
• Undergravel or Box Filter -
filters water & keeps tank clean
Steller S-40 Air Pump
Hagen AquaClear Box Filter
• Air Pump/Powerhead -
adds aeration & powers undergravel filter
Hagen Powerhead
• Airline Tubing -
from undergravel filter or airstones to air pump
Air Line Tubing, Silicone/PVC Blend
• Check Valve -
keeps water from siphoning back to air pump
Hagen Plastic Airline Check Valve
•Gang Valve -
allows division of air flow from pump
Air Flow Adjuster, dual outlet gang valve
• Heater, 100-150 watts -
keeps water temperature stable
Theo 100watt Heater, Submersible
Theo 150watt Heater Submersible
• Thermometer -
monitors water temperature
Floating Thermometer
• Gravel, 25-60lbs -
helps aquarium filtration, adds decoration & plant substrate
Gravel
• Chlorine Remover -
prepares tap water for use
AquaLife Complete
Starting Bacteria Culture -
lessens the chance of fish loss in new set ups
Activate FW 4oz or Aquarium Cleaner
• Algae Scrubber -
used for cleaning the glass
Deluxe Cleaning Pad
• Fish Net -
for removing debris & fish from aquarium
Fish Catcher Net
• Food -
use high quality foods & feed a variety of at least two types
Freshwater Flake, .72oz and Vivid Color Flakes, .72oz
 
• Additional Filtration -
very important in heavily loaded tanks
Fluval 205 Cannister Filter
• Gravel Cleaner -
helps make partial water changes & remove debris
Gravel Cleaner, 10"
• Ammonia Test Kit -
use regularly to monitor water
Ammonia Test Kit
• Nitrite Test Kit -
used to monitor water
Nitrite Test Kit
• pH Test Kit -
used to monitor water
pH Test Kit
• Save money! Ammonia, Nitrite and pH in one kit. Freshwater Test Kit
• Lift Tube Algae Cleaner -
used to clean algae in undergravel lift tubes
Fluval Brush Kit
• Plastic or Live Plants -
give fish places to hide & live plants help water quality
Decorative Plants
• Decorations -
for fish to hide & feel at home
Decorations
• Aquarium Backing -
adds complete look & hides filters hanging on back of tank
Scenic Aquarium Backing
• Aquarium Salt -
a little will benefit most aquarium fish
Aquarium Salt
 

Purchasing Fish
Buy only a few inexpensive fish (6-10) at first and make sure they are hardy species. It is not uncommon to lose a few fish in the initial stages. Bacterial additions every time new fish are added will help prevent this. Buy only fish that are treated before they are purchased and are treated in the bag when you purchase them. This is a sign of a quality dealer who cares about the livestock and the customer.

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