contributed by Thomas NartenWelcome to the wonderful world of aquariums. This FAQ provides advice and guidance to help insure success in your endeavor. Though this document is designed for a first freshwater aquarium (saltwater people: make sure to read the SALTWATER BEGINNER FAQ), there is much information applicable to both freshwater and saltwater aquaria.
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Table Of Contents
Before You Buy...
- Tank and Equipment
- How to Find a Good Aquarium Store
Setting Up Your Tank...
- Preparing Your Water
- ``Cycling'' Your Tank
- Practical Freshwater Chemistry
- Which Test Kits are Important
Setting Up Your Fish...
- Fish Stress
- Adding Fish
- Partial Water Changes
- Long-term Success