Filling your first tropical fish tank

upgraded to a 48 Litre Fish Pod tank by interpet (includes heater and filter system)

If you’re about to set up your first aquarium, here’s my blog and simple guide.


February 2020 - Black Widow / Skirt Tetra - (Characidae) ... Quite nippy.

Black Widow / Skirt Tetra Gymnocorymbus ternetzi Characiformes Characidae


Dwarf Gourami replaces lost Honey Gourami

January 2020 - Dwarf Gourami - Trichogaster lalius. ... Similar size and gets on well with the honey.

Dwarf Gourami - Trichogaster lalius


Added an algae cleaning pleco

16th July - Algae is always appearing on the glass, and covers my ornament. So I decided to get myself something that loves eating it.

I liked the idea of shrimps, but also fancied an otto or similar.

I especially liked the black shrimps with wite feet, but they were ever so small. So I settled for a Bristlenose catfish (Ancistrus) native to freshwater habitats in South America and Panama, and has a sucker mouth.

Bristlenose Ancistrus catfish, which has a sucker mouth

The next morning I could not believe how much of the brown algae had gone, the fish even goes up leaves and the glass to is spotless.


Added my Biggest Fish yet

14th June - Red Honey Gourami - Trichogaster chuna. ... Ideally suited to a well planted aquarium.

Gouramis, or gouramies, are a group of freshwater anabantiform fishes that comprise the family Osphronemidae.The Red Honey Gourami fish in the tank.


2nd june - My Fish has come back to life :)


What I used:


31st May - My fish is hiding, and jerky and goes into spasms.


25th May - My Aquarium is spiking Nitrate and nitrites after been going for 6 weeks, it is now in the final stage of cycling. So I am currently doing a 15% water change on a daily basis. Along with water tests using test strips.


Unfortunately I woke up to find one of my first was fish laying still on the gravel floor, sadly it had passed away :(


I then carried out a 5 in 1 water test which measures pH, Nitrite, Nitrate, Carbonate & general hardness. It showed all levels where higher and confiirms it is in the final stage of Cycling an Aquarium. Buy a test kit here


First Fish

Luckily there are supplies nearby in Watford, Pets at Home and World of Water.


Pets at Home has developed a handy points system to help you choose the right combination of fish for your aquarium – just check the “fish point value” of the tank you want to buy, then tally up your “fish points” as you select your fish.


Platy / Platie

With many different variety of colours and markings available, a small group of four or five platies makes a good first choice to your tank.

Filling your first tropical platy fish tank aquarium setup.The Platy fish in the tank.


Neon tetra

Bright and beautiful, this tiny blue glowing “neon” effect and red fish swims around the upper levels of the tank and is happiest in groups of six or more.

Filling your first tropical neon tetra fish tank aquarium setup.The Neon Tetra fish in the tank.



Also known as millionfish and rainbow fish, is one of the world's most popular freshwater aquarium fish species and you can see why.

the world's most popular freshwater aquarium fish species.The Guppy fish in the tank.


My first tank: Aquastart 320 - 28litre. I added a PF1 water filter / airator by Interpet.

I bought the Aquarium starter tank by Interpet from my local World Of Water. It came with under gravel filter pump included.


After re-decorating my home, with new side units, I decided to get the fish tank from out of the loft and back in use since it would make a nice addition..

How it All Started - My First tank (6th May)



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