Article by Emmett Justice
First, you need to determine what kind of fish setup you are going to do. The filter is going to be different depending on your overall choice of fish. For example, if you choose salt water marine fish the filter will be different than tropical fish and goldfish.
Okay, lets say this is your first tank set up and you decide to start with goldfish and fancy goldfish. The most important thing to do when you select your filter is make sure it is large enough for the tank gallons you have. Usually, this is on the box of the filter and it says that “filter” is recommended up to a certain amount of gallons.
Now most people who start with a goldfish tank usually decide to go for a hang on the back filter. The hang on the back filter is usually good all the way up to 45 gallons. If you have a 55 gallon or larger tank you can use two or three hang on the back filters.
When you open up the hang on the back filter for the first time make sure to read the instructions first. This means that you need to check if the impeller is in the pump, remove the plastic wrapping off the media, prime the pump and make sure all the parts are there. Media usually comes in three categories including mechanical, biological, and chemical.
Mechanical is the filter padding and pre-filter. Biological includes the bio-balls which grow good bacteria to keep the fish alive. Last, chemical media includes carbon. I have learned over the years that the chemical media in new aquarium setup’s can really mess the tank water up if you don’t do one thing first. Before you insert the carbon into the hang on the back filter make sure to rinse it under the sink first for a couple minutes. If you do not do this then your tank will cloud up almost immediately after you plug in the hang on the back filter.
Okay, so now you have all the media installed in the hang on the back filter. You are ready to go right? Just make sure that you have primed the pump first. This means that you need to get a cup of water and dump it in your filter to fill it up. This helps the filter start sucking water from the tank into it. If you don’t prime the filter, it will just make a sucking sound without sucking the water into the filter. Last, make sure to plug in the filter into a surge protector. This is because of safety reasons and helps the filter from being fried in power outages and brown outs.
Information just like this will show you How To Set Up Aquarium Filter especially Setting Up An Aquarium Filter super fast and easy.