Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.


Do It Yourself Aquarium

So you've been begging your 'rents for a pony and they're not quite ready to give in? Maybe it's time to try a different tactic to get a pet. See parents if your will let you put together an aquarium instead. But remember, a fish is for life, not just for Christmas, so take good care of your new aquarium - a lot of lives depend on it!

DIY Aquarium - What You Need:

  • An aquarium
  • Air pumps and under-gravel filter
  • Lighting
  • A hood
  • Decorations
  • Gravel
  • Plants (Live or plastic)
  • Heater
  • Thermometer
  • Chemical additive that removes chlorine from water
  • Fish food
  • Fish

DIY Aquarium - Selecting Your Fish

If you're going to get a bunch of fish, you have to make sure they like the same environment and are sociable enough to get along - that's right, fish can be snobs too! Here are some tips of choosing your scaly posse. Just pick fish from one category for your aquarium.

Social Fish: Danios, tetras, Corydoras, mollies, guppies, and swordtails.

Semi-social Fish: (Only keep these guys with fish that are about the same size) - Barbs, gouramis, and angelfish.

Aggressive Fish: (These guys like to live alone) These fish must be kept singly or in pairs, such as the jewelfish, oscars, and male betas.

DIY Aquarium - Setting Up

Make sure you set up the tank a few days before you buy your fish. Keep the aquarium out of direct sun or particularly hot or cold places. Rinse the talk and all the stuff that is going to go in it - the gravel, little plastic decorations - whatever. Even the smallest amount of soap can be toxic to fish, so just rinse everything with tap water. Fill up the tank with water and use a de-chlorinating chemical additive (available from pet stores).

DIY Aquarium - Bringing Your Finned Friends Home

Float your bag of new fishy friends in the aquarium for five to ten minutes to allow the water temperatures to equalize. Next open the bag and let in some the tank's water, then wait another five minutes. Now let the fish swim into their new home.

DIY Aquarium - Day-to-Day Fish Care

  • Feed your fish according to the package directions. Take care not to overfeed your fish.
  • If any of your fish die, scoop them out right away.
  • Clean algae off the tank walls every week.
  • Clean the tank once a month by removing and replacing two-thirds of the water with clean, de-chlorinated water that is the same temperature as the original water.
Related Stories:
1 Comment

latest videos


What's Your Fave Pet?

  • Dogs.
  • Fish.
  • Cats.
  • Hamsters.

related stories

Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos is a time to honor the souls o...
Kidzworld’s take on the well-loved film out briefly in 3-D.
With spring on your doorstep you may find that there are a few more green things sprouting out of...
Would you like a rain forest in your bedroom? What about a sandy desert? Though you may not want ...

Random in the forums

MineCraft258 posted in Food:
reply 14 minutes
zombiekiller12 posted in General:
My name is Caleb Michael Zehnder I am looking for a girl friend so if you want to be my girl friend message me saying that i am 12
reply 40 minutes
alphabet2 posted in Electronics:
laptop nobody likes desktop
reply 43 minutes
lemonsepia posted in Debating:
happy!!!!! [s:p/1kkc]
reply about 1 hour
simran88 posted in Debating:
"esthery27" wrote: "simran88" wrote: "esthery27" wrote: I would rather be happy. It is much obvious that in this society nowadays smart people have the most advantages of being successful and socially acccepted based on their careers, position, personal success, fame, power and all that upper middle class stuff. But at the same time while being 'smart', they are also facing all kinds of stress and struggles such as trying the best at showing the perfect them to the society, mantaining all the success, fame and power all the time while the list goes on and on. But happy people on the other hand, or in other words, are happy because they live in the moment. They don't care , or don't need to care what others think of them because they are not living under the eyes and sayings of other people. They enjoy being themselves in their way. Although nothing is perfect, but they tend to make the best out of the many things. And they don't get easiy tired of trying to become the best of the bests, as most smart people tend to do. So if i would choose, i would rather be happy than smart. Well, then the 'smart' people you've spoken about are not really all that smart after all,  are they? Cuz if they were really all that smart they would've realised that they shouldn't care about what others think about them. Am I right? Great point ! Thanks for the reminder ! But smart people as i mentioned above ,they still have to face all kinds of turbulence, stress, and difficulties in life. They may be able to go through them with their intelligence, but there are still things such as depression as results to the circumstances they have to face that might be inevitable to them. Happy people on the other hand, even though there will still be difficult times, but they are still happy anyway. It is already a certainty to them , it is literally the way of living their lives ! What could be better than that? Hmm yes. But the way I perceive a smart person to be, the person has the smartness to deal with all the problems in life and knows how to react, what to accept and what to forget and ignore from the inevitable situations and circumstances. So, being smart automatically makes you happy, or something very close to happy which I feel is good enough. :)
reply about 1 hour

play online games