Aquarium Setup Guide

Whether your planning on starting a freshwater fish tank, a saltwater aquarium or even a reef tank we have the aquarium setup guides to get you started. These are basic guides by design. They are not extremely detailed and we try to keep them easy to understand so that even a fishkeeping novice can get up to speed quickly. After reading these aquarium setup articles you should come away with a better understanding of what all is involved with running your own setup.

If you still have questions after reading the aquarium setup guides float on over to the forum where there are lots of fish keepers that will help you out.

Freshwater Aquarium Setup
We'll take you step by step through a freshwater fish tank setup. From the equipment you need to get to how to set it up.

Saltwater Aquarium Setup Guide
An article that will (hopefully) get you to speed on setting up a saltwater aquarium or reef tank.

Saltwater Aquarium Setup
Want to learn how to set up a basic saltwater tank using live rock. Check this article out. Setting up a saltwater aquarium can be very expensive and you will want to get stuff set up right the first time.


Reef Tank Setup
For the experienced saltwater aquarium keepers, or those willing to put in the leg work (research) into learning how to successfully setup a reef tank. If keeping fancy corals, clams or other invertebrates is what you are interested in doing read the reef tank setup guide.

Nano Cube Setup
This article shows you how we set up our JBJ 28 Gallon Nano Cube. It comes with a 150 watt HQI Metal Halide. We made a few modifications and upgrades on some of the stock equipment that comes with the JBJ nano cube.

Small Fish Tank Setup
In a perfect world, everyone would have huge tanks. But we don't live in a perfect world, so let's show you how to get a smaller fish tank up and running. Many people (including me) think it's much harder to run a smaller tank vs. a larger tank. But if you just have to have an aquarium and your budget is preventing it, maybe a smaller sized tank will get you into the hobby. Hopefully we can help get you geared up right.

Freshwater vs. Saltwater Aquarium
Have you ever wondered what the differences are between freshwater and saltwater tanks? We break it down for you in this article.

Nano Saltwater Tank Setup Series

This is a 4 part nano set up series written by Austin (ATMachine) for the monthly magazine:
Nano Saltwater Tank Setup - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Betta Tank Setup
Written by COBC for the Fish Lore aquarium magazine, this article walks you through the items needed to set up a betta aquarium. This is a popular article.

Planted Dirt Tank Setup
Written by Dena on the fourm. Shows how to set up a planted aquarium using potting soil.

Brackish Tank Setup
Written by Sam for the Fish Lore magazine. The brackish tank is not quite as common but there are a few endearing species you can keep in a brackish aquarium.

Quarantine Tank Setup
One of the best things you can do for new fish, inverts and corals is to quarantine for a few weeks to let them settle in and monitor them for disease, pests and parasites. This QT setup article talks about what you need to get one set up.