My hubbie has always been keen to keep fish and finally I relented when I was offered a Tetra AquaArt Aquarium Kit 60 to review from the lovely people over at SwellUK.
I was amazed when the big parcel came; it was such a light but sturdy tank. So instead of last minute packing for our holiday in Portugal hubbie decided to set up the tank! Having done some research he had found out he needed to set the tank up and have it running for at least 4 days before introducing the fish.
I was a little worried when he unpacked everything; he was surrounded in so many different parts, the filter, the heater, water treatments and leaflets! But he seemed to have an easy time of it, the instructions were clear and straightforward and before long we had an attractive aquarium on display. The only part of setting up that took any real time was filling the tank with water! As its 60 litres he was back and fourth into the kitchen a fair few times but the end result is well worth a little effort.
I liked that it is a complete set, as you do not need to worry about anything extra aside from the fish, the plants and the substrate. It can be confusing setting up an aquarium but SwellUK have made things much simpler by including everything in one package. Then you can also buy the plants and substrate direct from them. They have an extensive range of supplies for the most novice or experienced aquarist and conveniently offer free 24-hour delivery if you spend over £50.
My boys where excited when we parked up outside the pet shop to pick up our new family pets, although hubbie might have been even more enthusiastic. He was having a very animated conversation with a member of staff about which fish would be best suited to the size of the tank. The children and I sloped off to look around the store, when we returned he had some long nose snails to help keep the tank clean, a molly, some dwarf Gourami and female fighter fish. He had asked for guidance for peaceful fish, the last thing we wanted was for them all to disappear to a particularly hungry aggressive fish.
We only selected six fish as we were told it is not a good idea to bombard your new habitat with too many, you need to introduce them gradually over time – better a few at a time and they all live then having lots and many not making it! When you bring them home its important to let them acclimatise to the water in the tank, to do this you leave them in the bag floating on the water at first then slowing adding some of the tank water to the water in that bag, then you can enjoy releasing them into their new home.
There is plenty more advice available on the SwellUK blog which makes an informative read.
As a family we enjoy watching the fish, its very therapeutic. I am looking forward to these fish being established so we can then add some more. We are beginning to learn more about owning fish, I must admit and I am surprised how much I enjoy owning fish. Shame I had not found SwellUK earlier, watching them dart around in the water is more interesting than what is on television and when its feeding time the boys argue over who gets the privilege of doing that job! As my son has Asthma fish are a very suitable pet for him and his allergies. He can have the pleasure of a pet without it making him unwell.
The Tetra AquaArt Aquarium Kit 60 is worth £109.99 and I have been offered another to giveaway, if you would like to enter then please kindly fill in the rafflecopter below by the 12th of October. This is an exciting competition if you have ever planned to own fish and not taken the leap yet, but if you do not win than at that price owning fish has never been more affordable.
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