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How-to set-up a home aquarium

Looking for some "tips and tricks" about setting up a 40 gallon home aquarium

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As with any aquarium its all in the method !!

first think about the placement of the tank ? can I get to everything easily ? is there a power source close by ? whats already on that outlet? is there anything that water would damage by it getting on nearby ? and last but most important will the floor support its weight (this is the #1 thing that's forgotten most ) 8.33x40= 333 lbs !! and that's just the water !! the tank adds another 40 pounds and then think of the gravel , me id count on having about 500 pounds there for that size tank . remember the floor will need to remain steady with that weight on it (not springy) , its not uncommon to reinforce floor joists underneath a tank with steel beams !!!


if this is your first large tank id go slow and add only a few fish to start off , you'll be playing catch up with your water chem to get a "happy" point at first and it be a terrible shame to loose a ton of fish due to that !!

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