Tetra have just released their new 30L aquarium, perfect at getting children into the fun and interactive hobby that is fishkeeping and they invited us to set one up.
The Tetra ‘Despicable Me’ aquarium complete set contains the basic equipment and food and care samples you need to get started, as well as a useful set-up brochure and Minions decorative elements.
In the box is:
- Robust glass aquarium (4 mm thick glass) with outer dimensions of 30 x 27.5 x 42 cm (30l volume)
- Robust lid with a practical hatch for conveniently feeding the fish
- Energy-saving LED light (6 watts) with a service life of up to 50,000 hours (11 years)
- Powerful filter (3.5 watts) with easy-to-replace filter cartridges
- TÜV certified with a 2-year warranty
- Food and water conditioner samples
- Set up and maintenance brochure
- Double-sided background poster with Minions visuals
- Minions figure with a suction cup
Having not kept fish before, we found the easy to read brochure perfect to ensure we got the tank just right before we added our fish.
How to set up a fish tank for the first time
1. Location, location, location
The first thing you need to do is to find the perfect location for the fish tank. It should be:
- Not too loud, so that the fish don’t get scared
- Not too close to radiators, heaters or directly at a window
- Near a plug socket or extension lead
- Plenty of room around it so you can watch and feed the fish
2. Go Shopping
Although the tank comes with a filter you still need to buy all the things that make it a real home for your fish.
- Aquarium gravel
- Items for decoration – it is important that the fish have somewhere to hide
If you plan on keeping tropical fish, a heater is also required as the water temperature needs to be between 24 to 27 °C to allow the fish to thrive.
3. Add the equipment
- Stick the poster to the wall behind the fish tank
- Wash the gravel under a tap and then spread throughout the aquarium
- Install the technical equipment
- Half fill the tank with water
- Add the plants, water conditioner and top up with water
- Add your ornaments
4. Leave to settle
A new tank is incapable of supporting fish until the filter matures, but using Tetra Safestart speeds up this process. We were advised to use this, switch the filter on for three days and leave before adding the fish.
5. Choose your fish
Initially we were going to get goldfish, but we could only have two in a tank this size so we decided on having tropical fish instead, so also added a heater which takes 24 hours to get the tank up to the right temperature.
The kids really want Guppies, but they are quite delicate by nature, so we were advised by Pets at Home to introduce some more hardy Tetra’s to the tank who will help to get the water in a tank stabilised.
6. Add the fish to your tank
Take the sealed bag that your fish came in and float it on the surface of your aquarium’s water. Allow the bag to sit for fifteen minutes to acclimatize to the different water temperature.
Then open the bag and add a cup of your aquarium’s water to it. Reseal the bag and let it float again for a further 15 minutes.
Use a net a introduce the fish to the water from the bag, don’t pour the water in as it may contain harmful bacteria or dirt from the tank they came from.
7. Feed the Fish
Leave the fish for 24 hours before feeding them for the first time and only use a small pinch of food – giving them too much food means it will end up at the bottom of the tank which has a negative effect on the water quality and the health of the fish.
8. Tank Care
It is important to change part of the water at least once a month to keep the aquarium and fish in good condition and replace the filter cartridges every four weeks.
Our thoughts on keeping fish
The kids have been nagging me for pets for some time now for pets and I have to admit I saw keeping fish as the easy, and cheaper, option, but despite the tank coming with much of the equipment needed it did surprise me how much more I spent.
The Tetra Starter Line Aquarium has an RRP of £59.99 and I easily spent a further £50 on a heater, gravel, plants, ornaments and equipment and a further £15 on fish (so far).
The kids love it though and have drawn up a rota to feed the fish. I often catch them just stood there watching the fish swimming around and having the minion picture on the wall behind the tank adds so more fun.
We currently have 7 fish: Matilda – a rummy nose Tetra; Terence – a glowlight tetra; Chuck – a penguin Tetra; and 4 neon tetra’s – Darwin, Poseidon, Triton and Violet. The kids are looking forward to adding the guppies in a couple of weeks.
For more information about fish care, please visit the Tetra website for tips and advice.
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Disclaimer: We were sent the Tetra Starter Line Aquarium for the purpose of a review. All opinions are our own.