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Taking Care 
Basic Info 
  1. Water
  2. Recommended Diet
  3. Aquarium Heaters
  4. Correct Temp.
  5. Adjust Temp.




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Warm Water Aquarium requires more skill to maintain than a Cool Water Aquarium. If you are a beginner, you'll do better to start with a Cool Water Aquarium then later, when you have more experience with fish and aquariums, you can get an aquarium heater and convert your Cool Water Aquarium to a Warm Water Aquarium.

How to Start a Warm Water Aquarium. =You'll need an aquarium, an aquarium cover, an aquarium stand, and a power filter with a BIO-Wheel. Click here for more information about aquarium equipment.

Finally you will some food to feed your fish. We recommend floating flake food such as floating flake food and freeze dried blood worms, which are actually dried mosquito larvae. 

Fill the aquarium with tap water from the faucet and add the amount of Water Conditioner listed on the bottle. Plug your filter into an electrical outlet. Put the filter pad in your filter.

Aquarium Heaters. Tropical fish must have an aquarium heater and a thermometer. Be sure to read all the instructions that come in the box with the heater, then put both the heater and the thermometer in your aquarium. 

Adjust the Aquarium Heater until the temperature on the thermometer is between 78 and 80 degrees F.

Always unplug your heater before you remove it from your aquarium. In fact you should unplug it, leave it in the aquarium for 15 minutes, so it will cool, then remove it. You should also unplug the heater, whenever you work on your aquarium, and be sure to plug it back in, after you finish.

Now your aquarium is full of water, you've added the correct amount of Water Conditioner, the filter is running, and the heater is heating the water. It is important to just let it all run for at least three days before you add fish.

The Correct Temperature Range. Adjust your aquarium heater until the thermometer is between 78 and 80 degrees F. This is usually the best temperature for your Warm Water Fish. You should check your thermometer every day, say just before you feed your fish. If the temperature is not between 78 and 80 degrees F., adjust the aquarium heater.

How to Adjust your Aquarium Heater. First carefully read all the instructions that come packed with your aquarium heater. Those instructions will recommend that you put the heater in one part of your aquarium and the thermometer in another part of the aquarium far away from the heater.

Learn to read the correct temperature on the thermometer. If the temperature is less than 78 degrees F., turn the temperature on the aquarium heater up just a little. If the temperature is above 80 degrees F., then turn the temperature on the aquarium heater down just a little.

Don't make big adjustments. Make a small adjustment then check the thermometer a few hours later. If the temperature is still not between 78 and 80 degrees F., make another small adjustment to the heater and check the temperature an hour later. Keep repeating this process until the temperature is between 78 and 80 degrees F.

If you have children, teach them not to play with the aquarium heater. It is an electrical heater made of glass with an electrical cord going into the water. This is a not a good toy for children.

Children can have lots of fun with a Fish Bowl or a Cool Water Aquarium, that don't have an aquarium heater.


Recommended Diet. When they are small, Arowanas should be fed live and frozen brine shrimp, black worms, and a few small fish. My friend Fred used to keep his Arowanas in an aquarium with hundreds of small White Clouds. I could see the Arowanas usually did well, but I wondered how many White Clouds were eaten by the small Arowanas.

As Arowanas grow larger they are usually fed larger fish. Silver Arowanas have been seen leaping out of the water to eat insects from trees.

African Arowanas will survive and grow on the diet given above, but this fish is also a filter-feeder, and feeding filter-feeding fish in aquariums is usually very difficult.