Setting Up Fish Tank?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by XenoMarc, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. XenoMarc Valued Member Member

    When setting up a fish tank, do you put the substrate and water first, then the hard scale and plants, or do you put the substrate, hardscape and plants first, then the water?
    Thanks! :)

  2. BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    I put in substrate then water or hardscape then plants. Some of the more delicate stem plants snap if you plant them upright and there is no water to support them, if that makes sense.
  3. grantm91 Fishlore VIP Member

    I put substrate then rocks, pots, ornaments then pour the water on to the rocks as not to disturb the substrate because i use sand, or you can put a plate in to pour the water on to and remove the plat and lastly plants.
  4. justinmo Valued Member Member

    I put substrate first then the hardscape and then fill it up with a small amount of water and plant my plants. Then I fill the whole thing.
  5. AllieSten Fishlore VIP Member

    I do substrate and then Water about 1/3 full. Then hardscaping and maybe a couple plants. Then another 1/3 water (2/3 full). Then finalize all the plants. Rearrange everything how I want. Then I fill completely.
  6. MaddieTaylah Well Known Member Member

    I put the substrate in, then water (using a plate to stop disturbance of sand) & then the hardscape & plants. (Aside from my saltwater aquarium where I put the live rock in before the sand to ensure the live rock wouldn't fall when stacked.)